Using moisturisers: Pros and cons
Although daily moisturising is essential for healthy skin, some people regard it as an aesthetically pleasing habit. Our skin is the greatest organ in our bodies, and it requires regular care to stay young, blemish-free, and healthy.
What moisturiser to use?
Any healthy skin care program should include the use of lotion and moisturiser on a regular basis, although some are better than others. To protect your skin during the day, choose a moisturiser that contains a lot of vitamins (see below) and has an SPF of 15 or higher. Use oil-free, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) lotions that have been allergy and dermatologist tested.
Vitamin A and Vitamin B5 promote firmness and moisture retention.
Vitamins C and E, which are antioxidants, aid in the protection of young skin and the prevention of skin damage.
SPF 15 sunscreens without PABA help to prevent wrinkles and lines.
Moisturising the skin keeps it looking young.
The skin on your face, ears, neck, and chest is extremely sensitive to environmental changes and is the most common site for skin cancer. These sections of skin also shed cells at a faster rate than other parts of the body, necessitating moisture to repair itself, allowing younger skin cells to emerge. In addition, the rubbing effect of lotion helps to boost blood circulation and new cell production.
Moisturising Reduces Skin Issues
Moisturising on a daily basis might help to prevent excessive dryness or oiliness. Both extremes are damaging to the skin and can lead to acne and other skin problems.
Conceals Other Skin Blemishes
Using a daily moisturiser ensures that the skin’s blemishes are camouflaged. That is because moisturising tends to make the skin have a slight sheen, and those with any tint or self-tanner even out different skin tones.
The Importance of Moisturising
Now that we’ve covered why moisturising is important for healthy skin, these quick tips will help retain your natural glow:
Watch the temperature of water – Hot showers and baths are not good for your skin. Shower for a shorter amount of time and with warm water. You’ll see the difference in your skin.
Pat dry, don’t rub dry – After a shower gently pat your skin dry instead of rubbing your skin dry. By patting dry your skin will retain more moisture you are going to seal in when you moisturise.
Drink more water – the moisture your skin receives also comes from your body. Drink at least 8 cups of water every day!
Use mild soaps and detergents – soaps and shampoos that contain alcohol and strip natural oils from your skin. Look for a mild, fragrance-free cleanser that has aloe minerals and vitamins.
Use a humidifier – If needed, a humidifier can add much needed moisture to the air.
Give extra attention to your hands – hands show the effects of a dry environment more than any other part of the body. Apply hand cream after each hand washing.
Wear sunscreen when outdoors – nothing will save your skin more than protecting it from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Wear a low, or high, SPF sunscreen depending on your outdoor activities.
Apply lip balm regularly – having lip balm ready and applying it frequently helps heal dry, cracked lips. Dermatologists recommend using a lip balm that has an SPF of at least 30. This can help reduce signs of ageing and skin cancer on the lips.
Many moisturisers contain oils such as petrolatum (Vaseline), lanolin (sheep-wool oil), and mineral oil. They block water evaporation and can actually clog pores and increase acne. They can interfere with the use of drugs such as tretinoin (Retin-A) and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). Because dry skin reflects more ultraviolet light than hydrated skin, some dermatologists feel that moisturisers actually accelerate skin ageing.
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