Daily Moisturizer: What's The Best One For Your Skin?

October 23, 2015

Do you know why you should moisturize your skin daily? When you start hitting the 30s, you’d notice some changes in your skin. Some fine lines start to develop and it only gets worse as time goes by. Unfortunately, the wrinkles and sagging skin are part of the aging process that everyone has to go through. Some even experience the signs of aging at an earlier age. A poor lifestyle, diet, stress and too much exposure to UV light are the most common culprits to this. But, can you reverse these traces of age? Definitely! 

Why Do You Need To Moisturize?

One dermatologist, Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD., answered this question: “Think of the skin's surface like the paint job on a car. If the paint is cracked, the metal underneath is left unprotected from the elements and quickly oxidizes and rusts. The same concept goes for your stratum corneum - once it's dry, brittle, or cracked, you've lost your shield and the skin is vulnerable to exposure from the outside and water evaporates from the dermis. You can get fissures on the skin, and infections can easily occur. When the barrier function is compromised for any reason (trauma, wind, dry air, too many chemicals on your skin), bacteria enters the dermis through the cracks on the surface. The stratum corneum contains approximately 30 percent water and lipids. Its water content is essential, even though it's made up of dead cells. If that Gore-tex dries out completely, it can't protect the layers of skin underneath. Similar to the shiny, beautiful coating on a car's exterior, putting on moisturizer not only makes the surface look pretty, it seals and protects what is beneath it.”

Hydration is very important in keeping the skin firm and supple. But as people age, they lose their skin’s natural moisture, so the face becomes rough and dull. Dry skin invites wrinkles. 

How To Choose The Right Moisturizer For Your Skin?

Well, it depends on the type of skin you have.

  • According to the American Academy of Dermatology, if your skin is very dry, choose a moisturizing ointment, especially when the humidity is low. Ointments have more oil in them
  • On the other hand, if your skin is too oily, use a lotion. It’s less greasy.
  • If your skin is sensitive, make sure that your moisturizer doesn’t have a lot of dyes and fragrances in it.

How To Moisturize Your Face

  1. Apply your moisturiser within 3 minutes after you shower or cleansed your face. Your moisturizer forms a barrier to prevent your skin’s natural moisture to escape. 
  2. Just apply enough moisturizer and don’t saturate your skin. As long as your face is covered by the cream, there’s no need to put more as it will only clog your pores and will result to other skin problems like breaking out or developing white/black heads.
  3. Use sunscreen, even if the sun is doesn’t feel too hot. It shields your screen from the harmful effects of UV rays, and it could act as a moisturizer at the same time. If you use it under your moisturizer, it could amplify its potency. 
  4. When wearing moisturizer with makeup, put the moisturizer first and wait until it sinks in before applying your foundation. 
  5. Don’t forget to apply moisturizer on the neck. You don’t want to have a firm, supple face with wrinkling neck, do you? Both your neck and face show the early signs of aging.




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