Moisturizers are the hero in your arsenal of skin care and it’s often under used.
First and foremost…it doesn’t matter if you have dry/sensitive, oily, normal or combination skin…all…types…of…skin…need…MOISTURIZING! Let me say it again…if you have skin, you need moisturizer. Now, not all moisturizers are created the same or meant for every skin type.
Moisture is how moisturizers work. No matter what else manufactures put into their products, it’s moisture that does the work. This important moisture is delivered in and through several methods but the important takeaway here is…moisture is what makes our wrinkles look smaller. Lets be honest, girls… that is all we want.
The older we get it is even more important that we give our skin moisture.
- Moisture will keep your skin plump, soft, and smooth.
- Dehydrated skin will be skin that is often inflamed and prone to many breakouts.
- The best moisturizer for us is the moisturizer that fits each of our skin’s needs. Here are some basic tips to help us with that.
Knowing your skin type is vital in knowing how to moisturize it! There are a few basic types of skin…normal, dry/sensitive, oily, and combination. Knowing your skin type is important because that determines the type of moisturizer you need. Our skin is intelligent; using the wrong type of cleanser or moisturizer can result in our skin preforming in a manner that isn’t needed or necessary and sometimes even harmful.
In case you have oily skin, please don’t fall for the common myth…that oily skin doesn’t need moisturizing. That’s wrong…you do, every skin type needs moisturizing, just differing amounts of it. Oily skin will need the least amount of moisturizing products of all skin types.
The moisturizer you need to consider will be non-comedogenic (products that won’t clog pores). Definitely, stay away from products containing mineral oil, coco butter, lanolin and petroleum. They will be light weight and oil free.
Consider products that contain glycerin, hyaluronic acid, aloe, or squalene (compound from shark oil that balances oil production providing just enough moisture to keep skin clear and is also great for anti-aging)
These girls have both oily skin along their T-Zone (forehead down to nose) and dry skin on their cheeks. These areas have different needs making their skin care harder to manage.
If you have combination skin choose mild oil-free products to take care of both areas. Remember, that it is not only about what product you choose but how much you use. Combination skin might need more cream on the dry areas than the oily ones.
The weather can effect all skin types but for dry skin the winter months are difficult to manage. When the humidity drops, those fine lines and wrinkles pop up seemingly out of no where. Dry skin can flake, crack and sometimes bleed. I have shared that I have dry skin before so I know all of the above to be true.
- limit those hot showers (which is a bummer)
- apply your moisturizing products immediately after bathing to help trap in the moisture
- use products that are heavier like ointments and creams.
Moisturizing normal skin is not as difficult as the other types but it still needs moisture like all other skin.
All skin types do well with the addition of hyaluronic acid (natural sugar found in our bodies that can hold up to 1,000 times it’s weight in water.)
Our skin types change as we age…like everything else…right?…younger people are more likely to have normal skin than anyone else.
You MUST drink water
Our bodies, including our skin, need water to work correctly. Everyone needs at LEAST 8-10 glasses of water per day. A good rule of thumb is to consume half of your body weight in water per day. Skin cells, like all our other cells, are made up of water. Dry skin will become tight, and flakey in the absence of adequate water. Despite the fact that our skin is our largest organ, internal organs will get their necessary water before it reaches our skin. So, we have to make sure we are drinking a LOT of water each day. If you think you are drinking enough you probably aren’t…drink more!
Don’t Rub || Massage gently…do…not…rub. Rubbing can weaken the skin’s barrier and cause inflammation which in turn can leave your skin vulnerable to bacteria which will ultimately result in…a pimple! YIKES!!! Also, rubbing too hard can cause you to over-exfoliate your skin which will lead to dry patchy spots. Massaging will increase the blood flow to your skin allowing your skin to absorb the products.
Layer Correctly || Moisturizers will work more effectively if they are applied in a certain order. Now, I can imagine what some of you might be thinking..YES, you need more than ONE moisturizer. A good rule of thumb is apply from lightest to thickest.
Apply to wet skin…NOT DRY || Damp skin absorbs and holds in the product better than dry skin. That is probably contrary to what we might assume; we might think that dry skin would just soak up the products but not really.
Always do the Patch Test || Always…always…TEST NEW PRODUCTS Especially if you are adding several new never before products that could contain things like retinals or if you know you have sensitive skin. Do a quick test on your neck before adding it to your face.