30 Jul Need to Know Why we call moisturizer “MUST”urizer
Moisturizer is usually a staple in our vanity cabinets but you might be asking yourself whether it is really necessary. Here’s why most of the time it is.
Our body has a natural lubricating system that consists of glands that secrete sebum. This helps us maintain a protective coating against harsh outside conditions and infections. However, most of us need a little extra help to protect against today’s pollutants, weather, and sun not to mention the harsh chemicals we use that can wreak havoc on our skin.
Some of us create less of that protective coating than others. Genetics can play a role in dry skin, as well as some medication that can affect the skin’s ability to adequately maintain hydration.
Often, even people with oily skin require moisturizer due to the fact that we tend to strip our natural protective layer with harsh soaps. However, there is the alternative of using a good quality antioxidant serum instead of a cream moisturizer for those with oily skin who are not subject to harsh chemicals or harsh environments.
There are certain key ingredients to seek out for when choosing a moisturizer: glycerin, hyaluronic acid, propylene glycol, urea, sorbitol and alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic and lactic acid) are all humectants that draw water into the epidermis (the top layer of the skin).
Other key ingredients are emollients and include ceramides, lanolin, mineral oil, dimethicone, coconut oil and other plant based oils. Emollients are great for helping to fill the cracks and seal in the water to provide a smooth, soft complexion. They are often used in conjunction with humectants.
Finally petrolatum, paraffin, shea butter and beeswax are common occlusives that provide a thicker protective barrier to prevent water loss. These are often used on thicker parts of the body such as hands, feet, elbows and knees. They won’t often be used on the face and it is best to avoid them in areas that are prone to acne.