Why You Need to Moisturize Your Skin Every Day
When we’re young, our skin is clear, supple, and appears to exude a radiance from within. Its bounce back rate is unparalleled and the only fine lines we’re familiar with are the ones we use to connect the dots. As we age, that flawless complexion can begin to show the signs of time: wrinkles, dullness, sagging, and an uneven tone. The number one thing young skin has that mature skin lacks? Moisture.
The Importance of Moisturizer
If you’re washing your face each night, kudos! If you’re failing to moisturize after you remove the daily grime from the daily grind, well shame on you. No matter who we speak to, the one topic our experts all agree on—other than the necessity of wearing sunscreen—is the need to moisturize from head to toe. Moisture loss is a fact of life as we get older and it’s a key player in the loss of firmness, radiance, and softness our skin experiences with age. This is why using a daily moisturizer after washing our face is so important and starting early is key.
Types of Moisture
Moisturizers come in all shapes and sizes, from lightweight gels and serums to heavy, emollient creams, allowing you to pick the best option for your skin type and skin care concerns. And while you can choose from a number of different formulas, we think looking for one formulated with hyaluronic acid is always your best choice.
This potent humectant—meaning it not only attracts, but also locks in moisture—is able to hold nearly 1000 times its weight in water. It can be found in formulas that are water-based and nearly weightless—great for oily and combination skin—to ones that are thick and much heavier—ideal for mature and dry skin, especially during the chillier seasons. From there you can look for creams, gels, and lotions that contain other goodies—think: anti-aging, anti-acne, SPF, or antioxidants—when it comes to moisturizers, your options are truly endless.
When to Moisturize
Nearly all experts place the moisturizing step after cleansing. You can add in a serum, toner, or essence in between, but it’s best to use your moisturizer when your skin is clean and just slightly damp to allow it lock in hydration.
Still not using moisturizer in your skin care routine? It’s definitely time to start.