Aside from aesthetics is there a real reason to moisturize?
The skin on the face, ears, neck and chest is the most sensitive to environmental changes and the most frequent areas known to develop skin cancer. These areas shed cells more rapidly than other parts of the body and need moisture to repair itself.
We also know that the massaging affect used in applying moisturizers helps stimulate blood circulation and encourage new cell generation. So, it’s safe to say that moisturizers are much more than aesthetic boosters.
What moisturizers are best for the face?
Ones that provide additional moisture and prevent loss of precious hydrants. That way skin is rehydrated and protected at the same time. Those capable of multi-tasking contain peptides, antioxidants, vitamin A and DNA repair enzymes.
Is it good to change facial moisturizers seasonally?
In general, yes. Winter winds and temperatures deplete reserves on contact. Add that to the drying effects of indoor heating and skin needs denser, more hydrating agents like those that repair and replenish the barrier function.
Summer is particularly hard on skin, given the more concentrated presence of UV exposure. Hydrating needs may subside because humidity works like magic on summer skin but the real and present danger of DNA skin damage is omnipresent. While antioxidants are helpful, DNA repair enzymes in a moisturizing base work like nothing else.
Better still a moisturizing sunscreen with DNA repair enzymes.
When is the best time to moisturize?
To seal in moisture and keep skin hydrated, it is ideal to apply moisturizers while skin is still damp from cleansing and/or showering. Apply your serum first and then your moisturizer.
Moisturizing at night is mandatory for all skin types especially because the restorative processes of the body are at work when you are at rest. Moisturizers with antioxidants, peptides, DNA repair enzymes and vitamins C and A help repair the “insults” from the day.
Dry skin will benefit from twice a day hydration boosts. No matter when, always wear sunscreen during the day.
How long do moisturizers last?
Well, if you are using them as directed, you should use the contents before any worry of expiration crosses your mind. Most skincare carries a PAO symbol (a number followed by an M and an open jar icon). The PAO symbol tells you how many months after opening a product, it should be thrown away. For example, a “12M” would mean you should throw the product out 12 months after you've opened it.
All of this is especially important if the product contains antioxidants, skin-replenishing ingredients, peptides and DNA repair enzymes (as it should), they will eventually start to deteriorate, as even in the best packaging.
Does oily skin need moisturizing?
Though it may seem counterintuitive, skin that is oily, greasy, or acne-prone still needs moisture, for a very simple reason: in the absence of moisture, oil glands will detect dryness and respond by overcompensating and producing more oil. Choose a lightweight, oil-free, noncomedogenic (non-pore clogging) formula that also contains retinol.
Does moisturizing provide long-term effects?
Proper hydration makes skin look healthy by preventing water loss in heat or wind. Moisturizers benefit skin over the long haul because it is hydration that allows skin to function at peak performance. Skin cells in top condition can rapidly repair themselves and turnover fresh cells, which has huge preservation benefits down the road. Studies have shown those who moisturize faithfully develop wrinkles at a fraction of the rate of those with dry, moisture-neglected skin.