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Importance of moisturisers

Updated: Jun 7, 2022

Hydrated looks amazing and most of us are still struggling in our forties to find out a suitable moisturiser. When the market is providing us a number of choices, we need to check out the best suited for our skin . Before that , we need a basic understanding of what exactly a moisturizer does.

  • Moisturizer or moisturiser is a cosmetic preparation used for protecting, moisturizing, and lubricating the skin .

  • Water constantly evaporates from the deeper layers of the skin, By regulating its water content, skin maintains a dry, easily shed surface protecting itself from drying out .

  • The ability to retain moisture depends on the sebum content of your skin .

  • Emollients prevent evaporation of water from the skin by forming a coating on the surface of the skin.

  • Moisturizers don’t actually add moisture. Instead, they attract and trap existing water in the skin. A good moisturizer locks water in the outer layer of the skin, giving any damaged cells a chance to repair.

Your skin type and the degree of dryness will determine what type of hydrator you will best benefit from. 

  • The Moisture Absorbers: Humectants These draw water to the skin cells to keep skin hydrated. Works best for: Dry, thick skin in climates that are very humid.

  • The Space Fillers: Emollients Emollients fill in any spaces or gaps between skin cells that are missing moisturizing lipids. Usually oil-based, although they can be water-based, too, as an emollient fills the space, the skin becomes smoother and better hydrated. Works best for: Extremely dry, dehydrated mature skin that needs serious moisture

  • The Skin ‘Glue’: Ceramides Naturally found in the skin, damaged or depleted ceramide levels show up as dry, damaged skin. By replenishing the skin with lost ceramides, it is better able to retain moisture. Works best for: Normal and combination skin types, minimal dryness and those with eczema

  • The Moisture Sealers: Occlusive Designed to douse the skin in moisture, occlusive agents are heavy in nature and are usually recommended more for the body and not as much for the face. Works best for: More mature, dehydrated skin that’s void of an environment with any humidity.

Lets all work towards a hydrated youthful skin !

A daily moisturizer is necessary to maintain your skin's moisture barrier and to prevent environmental damage to your skin. The good news is that despite all the unknowns and sales traps, you really can't go very wrong with what moisturizer you choose. Almost all the moisturizers on the market will help with dry skin, and in most cases, the choice comes down to subjective experience — and simply whether you like the feel and smell (nothing wrong with that — it's your skin, after all). You want to choose one you like and use it regularly.


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