Moisturizing – an important skin care routine

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Skin, the body’s largest organ requires water to stay hydrated and healthy. Often times, even though our bodies may be well hydrated, our skin may require additional care.

Moisturizers are a skincare must, as they provide the skin with the missing hydration it needs. It continues to allow the skin to remain and retain its natural suppleness and helps protect it from changing environmental conditions.  Moisturizers not only increase the skin’s water content, but help protect the skin and encourage an orderly shedding process, referred to as “desquamation” that makes the skin appear smoother.

While Paula Begoun states that those with oily skin types do not need a moisturizer except in areas of the face that may be dry, other experts recommend moisturizers for everyone regardless of skin type.  Moisturizers duplicate the natural lipids in our skin, they prevent dehydration, and that’s great for skin.

It’s recommended that when looking for a good skin moisturizer, look for glycerin or hyaluronic acid contents. Attention needs to be paid to the ingredients that soothes dry skin, retains water in the skin cell, reinforces the skin’s protective barrier, protects skin from free radical damage, reduces inflammation and contains cell-communicating ingredients to optimize healthy cell production, all in an elegant, silky base.

Try to get into both the habit of drinking 8 glasses of water each day and moisturizing both in the morning and evening.  Over time you will feel your skin’s softness.  You are on your way to happy skin!

  • Sally

    I’m looking for a good daily moisturizer- which ingredients do I look for? – I’ve got combination skin, dark circles and couple of fine lines around my eye area.

  • Carol

    Moisturizing is the key skincare tip one must always do!

  • Amy

    these are some fantastic articles – i had forgotten that skin is actually an organ, makes me think about it differently. thanks.

  • Amy

    Ingredients to look for in a moisturizer are-
    -AHAs
    -Antioxidants
    -Emollients like lactic acid, shea butter, petrolatum, lanolin, petrolatum, cyclomethicone, dimethicone copolyol, glyceryl stearates and propylene glycol linoleate, silicone, mineral oil and plant oils.
    -Humectants like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, butylene glycol, propylene glycerol, sorbitol, sodium PCA, urea, panthenol and lactic acid.
    -Occlusives viz. beeswax, caprylic/capric triglycerides, cyclomethicone, hydrogenated castor oil, mineral oil, lanolin, petrolatum, silicone, dimethicone and vegetable oils.