Swati Sharma is a beauty and skincare enthusiast. She loves to create content around it and presently is a blogger at 365 Gorgeous, a beauty and skincare blog dedicated to keeping you gorgeous, always. When not writing, you would often find her sipping a cuppa and reading non-fiction books.
Importance of Moisturizing Your Skin
Your skin is a suit of armour that protects your body and keeps it safe. You need to give it the same care that it gives you and listen to it. Understand what it is saying and give it the care it needs.
What is your skin telling you?
Your skin behaves in different ways giving you signs when it needs care and love. Itchy powdery or flaky skin is a sign that your skin is not getting enough moisture, especially after a shower. If it is peeling, then your skin is sensitive, and the peeling may be caused due to your skin’s reaction to products. Start using medicated products and medicated soaps. While red patches indicate dry and parched skin, persistent redness indicates rosacea, which means that you need to be gentle with your skincare. Dull, wrinkly, scaly, chapped, and mature skin are all indications that your skin needs moisturizing.
Most of the skin problems arise due to dehydration. Moisturizing your skin regularly and keeping your body hydrated will take care of most skin problems.
Like all skincare products, you need to choose a moisturizer that is perfect for your skin type. If your skin is oily and you are using a moisturizer meant for dry skin, then you are not really helping your skin. In fact, you are going to aggravate your skin problem.
Why Should You Moisturize Your skin?
One of the most important reasons to moisturize your skin is to retain your youthful look for as long as possible. Moisturized skin has a smooth appearance.
The skin around the neck, ears, and chest are largely ignored when moisturizing, but these are extremely sensitive parts. And skin cancer is known to occur in these areas. They also shed cells much more quickly than other areas of skin. Moisturizing these areas stimulates cell regeneration and blood circulation.
Keeping the skin moisturized decreases skin problems such as excessive oiliness or dryness, which are harmful skin conditions and lead to other skin problems. It also gives it a sheen that conceals blemishes.
Benefits of Moisturizing
If you think that a moisturizer only hydrates the skin, you couldn’t be more wrong. There are so many more benefits of moisturizing and here we have listed the top five.
1. Prevents Dryness – Changes in weather cause changes in the skin and can suck the moisture from it. A moisturizer replaces the lost moisture and prevents further loss.
2. Slows Down Physical Signs of Aging – It is a fact that hydrated and moisturized skin looks younger. It is never too early to start moisturizing because your skin will show the results even when you are 50. The moisture plumps up the skin and reduces those fine lines caused due to advancing years.
3. Fights Acne – Moisturizing clears blackheads – sounds strange, but it is true. Let me put it another way. Drying sends a message to the oil-producing glands to produce oil because the skin needs it. So, if you moisturize, then your skin already has the “oil” that your skin needs, and then there will be no need for the oil glands to produce more oil. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
4. Sun Protection – The importance of protecting the skin from the harmful sun rays cannot be stressed enough. And don’t think that the winter sun is safe. Whether it is summer or winter, your skin needs sun protection. You can use a moisturizer with SPF to give it a double protection.
5. Soothes Sensitive Skin – If your skin is irritated and has itchy, dry patches, use a moisturizer with chamomile or aloe vera. These ingredients are good for sensitive skin.
How to pick the Right Moisturizer for your skin
Every skin type needs moisturizing but picking the right one can be tricky. You want something to hydrate your skin. Read on to know the best moisturizer for different skin types.
Dry Skin – If your skin is flaky, especially in dry climates or during winter, you need to hydrate it. Choose an oil-based and thick moisturizer that will coat your skin and give it serious hydration. These kinds of moisturizers last longer than water or gel-based.
Oily skin – Most people with oily skin are under the mistaken belief that their skin does not need moisturizing as it is already oily. Oiliness cannot be equated with hydration, which is what a moisturizer does. It hydrates your skin and, in the process, keeps the oiliness in check. Here’s how to choose the best moisturizer for oily skin. Use a comedogenic oil-free and light moisturizer that will not clog the pores. A gel or water-based moisturizing lotion containing AHAs (alpha hydroxy acid) or glycolic acid is the best.
Sensitive Skin – This skin type turns red with irritation when you apply abrasive products. Use chemical-free gentle formulas that are also dye and fragrance-free. The ingredient list should be organic and short.
Mature Skin – Mature skin needs an oil-based moisturizer that seals in the moisture and plumps skin, reducing wrinkles and fine lines, thereby giving it a smooth look.
Is There A Right And Wrong Way To Apply Moisturizer?
Yes! There is a right time and method to apply moisturizer. The right time is right after you wash your face, that is a.m. and p.m. Use a light moisturizer in the morning, something that won’t attract dust if you are out. Evening calls for a heavy moisturizer, something that can nourish your skin as you sleep.
To apply the moisturizer, wash your face and pat dry. Apply it gently in upward strokes, without pulling the skin. If you are using makeup, then the moisturizer goes beneath your foundation.
If you haven’t taken moisturizing seriously, then it is time you do so. Check your skin type and get a suitable moisturizer. If you suffer from skin problems, see a dermatologist and ask them to recommend a good medicated moisturizer. Your skin will thank you in the years to come.