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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    Use a daily moisturizer with SPF 30, which contains potent sunscreen ingredients such as avobenzone, zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, recommends David Bank, MD, director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, NY. Use it every day -- whether the forecast calls for sun or clouds. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, up to 80 percent of UV rays can pass through clouds.
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    Talk with your dermatologist about the best skincare products for you if your skin is sensitive and you are prone to acne. For people with sensitive skin, a dermatologist might suggest choosing a moisturizer that does not contain fragrance, alcohol, or other harsh ingredients. For people with acne-prone skin, a dermatologist might suggest looking for products labeled  "noncomedogenic,” meaning they won't clog pores. A good moisturizer for someone with acne should also be lightweight. 
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    Natural Skin Protection
    An unscented moisturizer or lotion containing lanolin, a natural oil, is one of the most effective and least expensive ways to help dry skin. Watch the animation to learn more about helping dry skin.


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    Dr. Howard Brooks - Should I use moisturizer if I have oily skin?
    If you have oily skin, you should absolutely use a moisturizer -- it's a myth that oily skin doesn't need hydration. In this video, dermatologist Howard Brooks, MD, explains the best cleansing routine and products to use if you have oily skin.
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    Lotions are in many ways similar to creams but they have more water. This means the vehicle is thinner, and that makes lotions potentially drying for people with very dry skin. I usually recommend that you use a cream during the winter, especially at night when there is increased water loss from the skin, and lotions or lighter formulations of creams during the warmer, more humid summer months.
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    Recovering dry, chapped hands and lips to their normal, supple state is relatively easy. This is a good exercise you can recall when the dead of winter hits. For hands, get yourself a pair of moisture-retaining cotton gloves (any drug or beauty store will carry these) and lather on a body lotion or hand cream before slipping into the lightweight gloves overnight. If your hands are extremely dry, you can go for a heavier formula like Burt’s Bees Hand Salve, which contains botanical oils, herbs, and beeswax in a superrich, thick paste. Other brands I like include Cutemol or Triple Cream by Summers Labs.

    To tame those flaming lips, get religious about applying your favorite lip balm or gloss throughout your day, one with sunscreen. Just be sure to skip the kind that contains phenol, like Blistex. Every time you think about licking your lips (or perhaps have just done so) get out the balm. Don’t forget to apply a balm to your lips at night, too. That one doesn’t have to contain sunscreen. Solid choices: Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 or plain old Vaseline. Kiehl’s also makes a line of lip balms and glosses with sunscreen.

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

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    Because many times pimples or acne are associated with oily skin, you may wonder if you should use a moisturizer. Many people who have pimples or more serious acne do need a moisturizer because the cleansing products that work to dry pimples may dry the skin, too. If you have pimples or breakouts, try using a gentle cleanser and lightweight moisturizer to work together for good skin care. Also, use a good sunscreen every day to protect your skin. Many skin care products or moisturizers also contain sunscreen, so you may be able to get sun protection and skin moisturizer in one product. If you have any questions about what moisturizer to use, talk to your dermatologist about what products will work well for your skin type and condition.
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    Moisturizers have different purposes for different people. You'll need to test several products to figure out which will work best for you. People with sensitive skin should look for something oil- and fragrance-free.

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    If you prefer to use a mask for exfoliation or for brightening the skin, follow the guidelines below to find the appropriate product for your skin.

    • For dry skin, use a mask with a non-drying, creamy consistency, containing oils and humectants and essential fatty acids to help hydrate and increase cellular renewal.
    • For oily skin, use a mask which hardens, is oil-free and delivers a tightening and oil-absorbing effect to help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. 
    • For normal skin, use a combination clay creamy mask, to absorb extra sebum, hydrates the skin, exfoliates and helps maintain healthy skin tone.
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    A common myth is that moisturizers that are absorbed faster are better for your skin. Moisturizer performance is based on the types of ingredients used in the formulation. Three important ingredients in a moisturizer are humectants, occlusives and emollients. Together, their properties keep the skin hydrated and healthy by holding onto water, reducing evaporation, and sealing in moisture.