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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    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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    Exposure to water actually dries the skin as it evaporates. When the skin becomes too dry, it loses the important protein and lipid brick and mortar building blocks that make the stratum corneum,, the protective outer skin barrier. Applying a moisturizer after cleansing seals in moisture and helps maintain a healthy skin barrier. Look for a product containing a potent humectant like glycerin or  hyaluronic acid to pull in moisture from the environment above and living skin layers below and an emollient like dimethicone or cyclomethicone to seal the spaces between skin cells and produce a silky feel. If your skin is very dry, make sure it also contains  an occlusive ingredient like petrolatum or an oil to keep moisture from evaporating.
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    All skin types - even oily skin - need a particular balance of moisture. Adding a non-comedogenic lotion to your skin care routine won't increase the amount of oil on your skin or clog your pores. Because cleansing can have a drying effect on skin, applying a moisturizer after bathing will help it stay balanced.

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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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    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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    It's wise to patch test any new product first, and you must really baby your skin. You should choose products almost mild enough to use on a baby's skin. "Fragrance-free" and "hypoallergenic" are two buzzwords to look for on a product's label. It will probably contain fewer irritants, chemicals, and preservatives that can potentially affect your skin in a negative way. The fewer ingredients in any facial product, the gentler and safer it will be for sensitive skin (or for any complexion, for that matter). Avoid extremes; stay away from very heavy emollient creams as well as drying gel formulas, which may contain alcohol. Try a water-based lotion or cream instead. One thing you definitely do want added to your moisturizer is an anti-inflammatory ingredient such as soy, aloe vera, cucumber, calendula, oatmeal, or allantoin. These ingredients may soothe irritated or red skin. Make sure your daily sunscreen, cleanser, and moisturizer do not contain perfumes or acids and have as few chemicals as possible. Use a daily moisturizer with the sunblock titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which are less irritating than chemical suncreen ingredients.

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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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    Moisturizers are made to keep the outermost layer of skin hydrated by holding water inside the skin's surface. A moisturizer also helps to keep the skin barrier intact, enabling it to retain its own natural moisture.