One of the most common mistakes acne-prone and oily skin types make is forgoing moisturizer under the misconception that they “don’t need it.” Remember: oiliness is not the same as being hydrated. When oily skin is stripped of natural moisture or isn’t being hydrated, sebaceous glands go into overdrive in an attempt to compensate. It’s the excess presence of pore-clogging oil that increases chances of breaking out. Keep skin balanced and clear by using an oil-free moisturizer.
2. However, not everyone needs a traditional moisturizer.
Hydration is paramount to overall skin health, but different skin types need different types of moisture. While various options exist to cater to all types of skin, moisturizing is about delivering the ingredients that can best hydrate, rejuvenate, and repair skin. The texture – whether it’s cream, gel, lotion, or hydrating serum – shouldn’t matter as long as it contains the ingredients that best target your skin’s concerns.
3. Humectants are the substance in moisturizers that help keep skin hydrated.
Moisturizers contain humectants to help the skin retain its natural moisture levels. One of the most highly touted ingredients is Hyaluronic Acid, a powerful, non-irritating, non-pore-clogging humectant that helps bind water to the skin. Glycerin is another popular hydrating agent found in moisturizers.
4. Moisturizer can help improve the appearance of your skin.
We like to say that hydrated skin is happy skin – because it’s true. Dry skin often looks ashy and dull; dead skin buildup and flaky skin exacerbate the appearance of hyperpigmentation, pesky breakouts, and visible signs of aging (fine lines, wrinkles, sagging). Moisturizer can plump up the skin, minimizing fine lines while giving the skin a healthier, more radiant glow.
5. You need different moisturizers for different areas of skin.
While many moisturizers are multi-purpose, a cream designated for your face might not be the most effective elsewhere on your body (or vice versa – body moisturizers may not properly hydrate or nourish the skin on your face, and may even cause breakouts or irritation on acne-prone and sensitive skin types). Facial skin is much thinner and thus more delicate – it needs moisturizer formulated specifically for your particular skin type and any concerns.
Keep in mind that the skin around your eyes is different, too. Because it’s significantly thinner and has far fewer oil glands than the rest of your skin, it’s that much more susceptible to internal or external changes in diet, health, sleep (usually lack of), weather, and aging. Make sure to use and eye cream that’s right for your skin, whether you’re just getting started with anti-aging or you have sensitive skin.
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