No matter what your skin type may be, moisturizing is something that everybody should be doing on a daily basis.
Wondering why this is so important?
Here are 10 reasons to keep your skin moisturized this summer.
Many people think that the sole purpose of a moisturizer is to give the skin some extra moisture, but this is definitely not all a moisturizer does…
One of the biggest benefits of a moisturizer is the way in which it provides the skin with an extra layer of protection, thanks to its ability to form a thin film over the surface of the skin.
This protects the skin in two main ways:
- Prevents dryness – thanks to this extra layer, the moisture within your skin is not able to evaporate into your air, which would have otherwise led to dryness and dehydration. This is why it is always better to moisturize damp, rather than dry, skin, as this gives the moisturizer even more water to trap in to the skin
- Protects from the environment – the world around you damages your skin in so many ways, with everything from the weather to pollution having a detrimental effect. The extra layer that a moisturizer provides helps to keep all of this away from your skin, preventing these particles from penetrating into your skin’s layers
Soothe Irritated Skin
Skin can become irritated for so many different reasons, but a moisturizer can really help with this.
Of course, this isn’t true of all moisturizers…
If you have easily irritated, sensitive skin, you need to opt for a gentle moisturizer that has been designed for your skin type.
How will you know?
Because it will state that it is free of allergens and fragrances on the label.
You should also look for a moisturizer that contains some of the following soothing ingredients:
- Green Tea – one of the most skin soothing ingredients available
- Chamomile – rich in antioxidants and incredibly calming
- Aloe Vera – contains polysaccharides and sterols as well as antioxidants, all of which work to calm inflammation
- Niacinimide – effective in reducing inflammation
When it comes to irritated skin, moisturizers do more than just providing some temporary relief…
As mentioned above, a moisturizer forms a thin layer over your skin’s surface. Since the majority of skin irritations are caused by external sources, this gives your skin an added layer of protection when it comes to keeping these contaminants out.
Plus, regular use of a moisturizer prevents your skin from drying out.
What happens when skin dries out?
It often ends up cracking. This creates tiny openings on the surface of your skin, which makes your skin even more vulnerable to irritation.
Fight Fine Lines and Wrinkles
If you have been looking for ways in which you can minimize the appearance of any fine lines or wrinkles, a moisturizer is definitely key.
Wondering how it actually works when it comes to wrinkles?
A moisturizer prevents your skin from drying out. When your skin is dry, this causes damage to your skin’s natural protective barrier. This then leads to inflammation, which is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to skin aging.
Inflammation in your skin results in a break down of your collagen and elastin, both of which are proteins that are integral parts of your skin’s structure, giving it its firmness and smoothness.
There is plenty of research out there that shows that properly moisturized skin wrinkles at a reduced rate than dry skin, giving you yet another reason to keep your skin well moisturized.
Rebalance Oil and Water Levels
Your skin contains both oil and water, but this ratio can sometimes be thrown off balance.
Do you have oily or acne-prone skin?
Many people that have this skin type believe that moisturizing their skin is not necessary, because their skin definitely does not feel dry.
However, oil and water are completely different, and just because there is oil on your skin does not mean that your skin contains enough water.
A moisturizer can really help to rebalance your skin’s oil and water levels, helping to slow down your sebaceous glands if they have been producing excess oil.
Moisturizers Are Specific to Skin Type
Do you find that a moisturizer does not seem to help your skin?
This is likely due to the fact that you have been using the wrong moisturizer…
Moisturizers are designed for different skin types. Each skin type requires quite a unique set of ingredients, which is why it is important to use a moisturizer that has been formulated for these. For example, if you have dry skin but use a moisturizer designed for oily skin that strips away the skin’s oils, your skin will be even drier after you use that product.
So, how can you tell if a moisturizer is suited to your skin type?
Well, to begin with, it should state this on the label.
In addition to that, you should also be inspecting the ingredients list to ensure that it contains the right ingredients for your skin type.
Here are a few of the best ingredients for each skin type:
- Dry Skin – Vitamin C, vitamin E, and plant oils, such as olive and jojoba
- Oily Skin – Salicylic acid, vitamin C, witch hazel, tea tree oil
- Sensitive Skin – Aloe vera, green tea, B vitamins
There is no way to emphasize just how important sun protection is, even on days when the sun is not shining brightly.
The UV rays from the sun cause so much damage to your skin, leading to everything from wrinkles and age spots to skin cancer, none of which you want to have to deal with.
Are you guilty of often forgetting to apply sunscreen?
If your answer is yes…
A moisturizer that contains SPF could really help you out.
Of course, not all moisturizers will work for this. You need to find one that contains an SPF of at least 30, and make sure that it is also a broad spectrum sunscreen, as this means that it will protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
While a dedicated sunscreen applied over the top of your moisturizer is still better in terms of the amount of protection that you need, a moisturizer that contains sunscreen is still better than not wearing sunscreen at all.
Many people find themselves quite stressed out by the end of the day, but spending a few minutes caring for and moisturizing your skin is a great way to escape from this.
Moisturizing requires you to massage your skin, and the act of massaging has long since been used as a stress reliever.
How exactly does a massage reduce stress?
Well, not only does it relax the muscles that lie beneath your skin, relieving any tension, but it also triggers your brain to release serotonin. This is a neurotransmitter that promotes a sense of well-being, lifting your mood. Not only that, but your brain releases dopamine and oxytocin as well, both of which have the same effect.
In addition to causing an increase in those neurotransmitters, the act of massaging also decreases the levels of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, in your body.
What does this have to do with your skin?
Cortisol actually has a number of detrimental effects on the skin, such as:
- Acne – cortisol triggers the sebaceous glands to produce more oil, which clogs up the pores and leads to breakouts
- Flare-ups in chronic skin conditions – those who suffer from psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, or other chronic skin conditions will likely notice flare-ups during times of stress
- Premature aging – cortisol speeds up the aging process, bringing about fine lines, wrinkles and age spots years sooner than you would have otherwise experienced them
So, rather than haphazardly slapping your moisturizer onto your face, try doing a gentle massage instead.
Not sure how?
Simply rub your moisturizer over your hands and on to your face, using your fingertips to gently massage small sections of your face at a time. Use firm but gentle circular motions, doing this for a few minutes each evening.
One thing to be careful of…
Make sure that you do not apply too much pressure on your face.
Because excessive rubbing will weaken your skin’s natural protective barrier, while increasing inflammation, both of which are the opposite of what a moisturizer should do.
Not only does the act of massaging act as a stress reliever, but it also really helps to boost your circulation too.
What does this have to do with your skin?
Poor circulation can lead to a number of different skin issues, including:
Layering is Easy and Effective
Just because you are using a moisturizer does not mean that you cannot use other skin care products…
In fact, a moisturizer will often work better when it has been layered over the top of other products.
The one thing that you do need to keep in mind is…
A moisturizer should always be the final step in a skin care routine, meaning that this is the last product that you apply.
The exception here is if you are applying a sunscreen over the top of this, or a nourishing facial oil at night.
Want to use more than one moisturizer?
You shouldn’t really need to, especially since this can easily clog up the pores. However, if one of them is lighter than the other, then it is the lighter moisturizer that should be applied first, followed up by the heavier formula.
Worried about the ingredients in your moisturizer being diluted by other products you apply?
Give those products a little time to soak in to your skin, but make sure that your skin is still damp when applying your moisturizer. Not only will your moisturizer trap those other products into your skin, but many of their ingredients will also work hand-in-hand together, bringing you even more benefits.
Moisturizers Are Infused with Beneficial Ingredients
Many people believe that there is no difference between a day and a night moisturizer…
This is true in some cases, but, when it comes to quality products, there is definitely a difference between the two.
Your skin works quite differently at night in comparison to the day, which is why a separate set of ingredients can often be beneficial.
Wondering what your skin needs at night?
Well, while your body is in the REM stage of sleep, which is the deepest stage, your skin reaches its peak levels of healing and regenerating. This is also when your skin is at its most dehydrated, since it uses up its water supply for all of its many functions.
On the other hand, during the day, your skin is focussing more on protecting itself from environmental damage.
Here are a few of the different ingredients that you should look out for in day creams and in night creams:
- Vitamin C
- Hyaluronic Acid
- B Vitamins
- Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids
Moisturizing really should be an essential part of your skin care routine. Not only that, but moisturizing a few times a day is even more beneficial, especially for those who have dry or sensitive skin.
With so many reasons as to why a moisturizer is beneficial to your skin, make sure that a moisturizer is something that you are using each and every day.