By: Izzah A
The secret of most people with glowing looking skin is a good moisturizer. Most people that moisturize have better control or less frequent skin problems because moisturizers can improve the overall health of the skin. Dry skin is the consequence of the lack of moisturizing properly and of using active ingredients in many acne products which can be drying. According to dermatologists, dry skin can increase skin issues such as acne, clogged pores, oily skin, and fine lines.
If you have not one of those, then you’re lucky but this is the time to start moisturizing. Having flaky skin or tight feeling in the skin gives off a sign that your skin lacks hydration. Still not convinced? Here are some of the benefits of moisturizing:
1. Keeps the skin hydrated
Hydration is what allows the skin to function at its best. When hydrated, the skin cells are in best condition to rapidly repair themselves and turn over new cells. And this is basically what gives the skin its youthful glow and accounts for its anti-aging benefits.
Aside from drinking lots of water a day, moisturizers are a must to keep the skin hydrated. Moisturizers have humectants and emollients that lock in water to prevent water loss of the skin when in contact with the wind or the UV rays.
2. Smooths rough and flaky skin
Rough and flaky skin is the result of underhydrated skin. Today is the age of makeup and everybody just loves applying base foundation or BB creams. But what everybody hates is when the makeup base gets cakey due to flaky skin. Flaky skin occurs when the protective natural oil of the skin begins to dry up and peels off. Moisturizers then work to form a barrier on top of the skin to seal in this natural moisture.
3. Soothes irritated skin
If your skin is sensitive and easily gets irritated, you just have to find a good moisturizer that has soothing ingredients like aloe and chamomile. There are tons! These will stop the scratching that will potentially lead to other skin problems.
4. Protects the skin from allergens
The coating that the moisturizer forms goes a long way in protecting the skin from the harsh wind, humidity, UV rays and several others. All good moisturizers have at least SPF 15, so it hydrates at the same time protects.
5. Prevents acne breakouts
The dead skin cells that constantly peel off from the skin when dry causes clogged pores. Clogged pores then lead to acne pimples on the face, something we'd like to avoid if possible.
6. Prevents oily skin
Most people do not moisturize because they believe moisturizers cause oily skin. But in reality, moisturizing helps in reducing the sebum production. When cleansing, the skin is stripped of its natural oils. As a result, to compensate for that, the body produces more “oil”, thus the oily skin.
This natural cycle of producing oil is normal as the skin needs it as protection. Now although it may sound weird, moisturizers can bring water back into the skin, and some may contain some oils too. If your skin is already normally oily, you may want to use an oil free moisturizer instead.
7. Combats wrinkles
Now, are you still not compelled to use moisturizers after knowing the wonderful benefits of moisturizing? If you still are not, just know that the mere application of moisturizer can bring relief. In fact, the moisturizing step is my favorite in my skincare routine. It’s just amazingly refreshing!