Did you know that as skin ages, it loses its ability to retain moisture? Skin cells start out round and healthy, and easily retain moisture, resulting in plump, smooth skin in youth. Over time, however, cells become misshapen, and lipids are depleted. As skin continually loses moisture, it becomes vulnerable to environmental aggressors, bacteria, sensitivity, and further dehydration. Naturally, it is essential for every skin type to use a suitable moisturizer to maintain optimal health.
Maximize moisture by selecting a product with beneficial ingredients. Look for moisturizers and serums that contain humectants, components that attract and bind moisture to skin from the air. Humectants also draw moisture from the dermis to the epidermis to keep the natural barrier strong. Hyaluronic acid in particular is an excellent humectant, with the capability of holding up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture! This ingredient often grants a plumping and smoothing effect, and is excellent for dry and/or aging skin.
Dehydration can show up in many forms, even in oily skin. A lack of moisture can actually exacerbate oiliness, as skin attempts to compensate by producing more oil. Medications and/or products that are used to treat acne and excess oil can also cause dryness. It cannot be said enough that all skin needs hydration, and choosing a light, oil-free moisturizer can help to rebalance and calm oily and acne-prone skin. Several moisturizers are created especially for sensitive skin, with soothing, non-irritating formulations. By replenishing the natural moisture barrier, moisturizer helps to protect skin from environmental aggressors that can trigger sensitivity.
Keeping skin hydrated is key to healthy function and appearance. Well-moisturized skin looks and feels younger, stays balanced, and is protected from the elements and free radical assault, inhibiting irritation and premature aging.