Moisture for Your Skin

After a long hiatus due to busy-ness, travelling and a problematic right arm, I’m finally back with my series on skincare.

I’ve shared about some skin care steps on cleansing, removal of makeup, exfoliating, toning, treating some common skin concerns, next is on moisturizing.

Who needs a moisturiser?
Not everyone. If your face is naturally oily, the application of a moisturiser can make it oilier. A toner without alcohol is probably all you need before you apply sunscreen. What moisturiser you use and whether you need to use a moisturiser or not, depends on your skin type and concerns. Naturally if a person has normal to dry skin, the use of moisturiser is useful.

The job of a moisturiser is to provide the skin the necessary substances that it needs to repair, heal and produce healthier skin at the lower layers of the skin. Look for a moisturiser that has some of these ingredients: ceramides, cholesterol, fatty acids (linoleic acid, triglycerides, glycerin, phospholipids, lecithin), and glycosaminoglycans (hyaluronic acid, sodium PCA); vitamins A, C, and E, retinol, retinoic acid, niacinamide, lecithin, linolenic acid – I’ve listed the common few that most people have seen before, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. It helps to do some research online to see which moisturisers are suitable. (www.cosmeticscop.com) Whether you choose milk, gel, or cream type depends on your skin type.

One of the most important things to note is this: avoid purchasing products that come in jars as this package does not only promote contamination because of exposure to air but also renders some essential ingredients unstable. This concern doesn’t just apply to moisturisers alone. Do take note of this the next time you purchase any items.

Most people think of moisturisers as the item that gets rid of dry skin. However, the application of moisturisers does not actually get rid of dry skin, but having a layer of it on your skin helps to improve its appearance) and prevent more moisture from your skin to leave your skin. Dry skin needs to be treated from beneath the skin because it’s a condition that results from a variety of factors including reduction of elastin, collagen and other substances which make the skin supple and plump.


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