Skin Moisturizing

Skin Moisturizing

Skin Moisturizing
Moisturizers can treat try skin and conditions like eczema, offer some sun protection and improve the appearance of skin all over your body. A basic moisturizer helps hold water in the skin's outer layers. Emollients fill in tiny crevices between surfaces to keep skin smooth, while humectants draw water to the outermost layer of your skin for a dewy glow. Depending on your skin type, you may not need to moisturize your face or other areas as often as others. Your moisturizing routine could change based on the time of year and your environment. Find out more about moisturizers and how to apply them with expert advice from Sharecare.

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    A man should moisturize by applying the moisturizer when the skin is damp, such as after a bath or shower. Men with very dry skin should apply moisturizer more than once a day. Men with oily skin should apply moisturizer less frequently and use a moisturizer with less oil, such as a light cream or lotion. Skin can become very dry in the winter and it's important to moisturize during this time of year. It's a good idea to talk with your dermatologist about the best skincare products for your skin.
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    Should I switch my skin moisturizers for the seasons?

    When the seasons change, you should also change your facial moisturizer; in the winter you want a heavier cream, and in warmer months you want a thinner lotion or serum. Watch dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, describe the ingredients to look for.

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    If you have a known fragrance allergy or tend to react to products that contain fragrance, shop for products that say fragrance-free on the label.

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    Because the hands are regularly exposed to the sun, use a moisturizer with SPF, and apply liberally or as needed. It is best to apply the moisturizer on the back of hands first (instead of palms), since dryness is more pronounced on back of hands. Hand creams have emollients that moisturize and protect against drying effect of soaps and detergents.
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    No, putting water on the skin will not increase its moisture-holding capacity. In reality, spraying water on skin can cause it to become too wet for too long (known as maceration), exposing the protective barrier to tearing or other damage.

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    What skin care product makes your skin look fresher and younger almost instantly, can cost under $10 and takes just two minutes to use?

    It's your basic moisturizer. Emollients and humectants do most of the work. Here's how to find them:
    • Emollients fill in the tiny crevices between surface cells that are almost ready to be shed, so skin stays smooth, soft, and pliable. On the ingredients list, look for one or more of these words: lanolin, jojoba oil, isopropyl palmitate, propylene glycol linoleate, squalene and glycerol stearates.
    • Humectants draw water to the outermost layer of your skin, which gives it a healthy, dewy glow. On the ingredients list, look for one or more of these words: hyaluronic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids, sorbitol, glycerin, propylene glycerol, urea and sodium lactate.

    One other must-have on the label: a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. If your favorite moisturizer doesn't come in an SPF 30 version, slather on sunscreen separately every day -- and enjoy watching your skin stay young.

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    Even though moisturizers won’t necessarily affect how the skin functions at the cellular level (that is, they won’t change the production level of collagen and repair of tissue damage), they are an excellent way to keep the skin hydrated, replenishing the natural moisture elements in the upper layers and bolstering the barrier function of the skin. Yes, that smooth, dewy appearance is temporary but if you moisturize frequently you keep that glow turned on. In fact, nothing over-the-counter can change the fabric of your skin. Even a surgical facelift still leaves you with the same skin; its texture and water-holding capacity remain the same. So don’t sweat over the fact it’s difficult to permanently alter your skin’s appearance (and be wary of moisturizers that claim to treat wrinkles and use the term antiwrinkle). You can have a huge impact on how your skin looks just by applying topical ingredients that give it the illusion of youth. And these ingredients can help you prevent future skin damage from the environment, so you are in actuality doing more than meets the eye!

    From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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    Keeping skin hydrated with moisturizer can help protect it as well as improve the skin's look and texture. Moisturizers use humectants, which are water-binding compounds that hydrate the skin and help prevent water loss, and emollients, which are compounds that smooth and soften the skin.

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    People with oily or acne-prone skin may still need a moisturizer. Talk to your dermatologist about the best skin care products for your skin. He or she may suggest using a moisturizer labeled "noncomedogenic," means the moisturizer won't promote or worsen blackheads. Your dermatologist may suggest applying the moisturizer after you have washed your skin and applied any acne medication you may be using. If you are concerned that a moisturizer or other skin care product is causing your skin to break out, ask a dermatologist to recommend products that are safe for you to use.
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    Typically, your skin soaks up moisture to keep itself young and vital, but you lose the ability to do that as you age. Most commercial face creams are oil-based and work by blocking the release of water from the skin. As people grow older, however, they cannot rely on oil-based preparations to block the release of moisture. That's because aged skin loses the ability to attract moisture in the first place and becomes fundamentally dehydrated. But the vitamin A family, commonly called retinoids, can increase the actual water content of the skin, without clogging the dead layer of cells. Retin-A contains retinoic acid, and requires a prescription. Retinyl propionate, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, and retinol don't require a prescription and are converted by your skin's own enzymes into retinoic acid.hypoallergenic

    Healthy moisturizers don't disturb the acid mantle of the skin or clog pores. We prefer natural moisturizers, like squalene (made from olives), avocado oil, walnut butter or cocoa butter, and ones that are proven to be hypoallogenic. Apply it while you're still damp from the shower to seal the moisture in, and remember it's especially important to moisturize when you're flying, in high altitudes, or in dry climates. Many moisturizers pack sunscreen protection, too. An SPF 30 is a good choice.

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