The importance of using a moisturiser. Most people know they should moisturise regularly but that doesn’t meant they actually do. Moisturising is an important and essential part of your daily skin care routine.
Why is it important to use a moisturiser?
Nearly two thirds of the skin is made up of water and is constantly dehydrated. However, the issue occurs when the dermis suffers from a lack of water to nourish itself with. Both time and external agents contaminate the skin on a daily basis causing progressive water loss. This can make the skin more brittle, dull, rough to the touch, irritated and less elastic.
It is important for both women and men to moisturise for the reasons just mentioned. Although men may feel it isn’t very masculine or they don’t have the time for it. Nevertheless, it is still important especially as a mans skin is different to women’s. Its slightly thicker and generally oilier, with a rougher texture. Also, daily shaving, pollution and other external factors can easily affect the moisture levels. So this means it is just as important for men to moisturise too.
No matter what your skin type is, dry, oily or sensitive, you shouldn’t skip the moisturising step in your skin care routine. Missing this step could cause redness or flaking. Also, in time can allow wrinkles and other signs of ageing to appear on your skin earlier than they otherwise might. In addition, if you have sensitive skin or a skin condition, moisturising regularly might help ease some of the irritation.
Why use a natural and organic moisturiser?
Using a natural moisturiser will not only help your skin in the short term, but also make sure you don’t do any damage to it in the long term. When you use an unnatural shop bought moisturiser you will notice that the moisturiser actually begins to damage you skin over the long term. This is because there are ingredients in the moisturiser that don’t moisturise your skin at all, such as parabens. If you don’t change your moisturiser and move to products that only contain natural ingredients, these products will continue to harm your skin over time. Natural moisturisers are also more environmentally friendly, prevent irritation that can be caused by chemicals and are more gentle on the skin.
Organic moisturisers contain all natural ingredients. They are packed with minerals and vitamins, such as Vitamin E, which nourish your skin. Organic moisturisers also contain other beneficial ingredients from natural sources, like shea butter and aloe vera which penetrate the skin to hydrate and rejuvenate, restoring damaged skin cells.
1. Apparently the way you apply your moisturiser could actually make you look older! If you apply your moisturiser from top to bottom you could be doing more harm than good. This is because applying from top to bottom causes you to continually pull down on the skin which can lead to sagging. Always apply your moisturiser from the bottom to top making sure you are rubbing gently, especially around the eye area.
2. I’ve already mentioned that you shouldn’t skip the moisturising step, and this includes in the evening. It is important to use a good moisturiser at night. During the night our bodies lose a lot of water. So, using a moisturiser at night ensures that your skin doesn’t get too dehydrated during the night. Try not to use a moisturiser at night that contains SPF, this will not be as beneficial to your skin at night.
3. Always be sure to remove all make up before going to bed. If you don’t it can clog your pores which will lead to breakouts. Make up can settle into your creases and fine lines, causing your skin to look on the dull side. This might even make you look older than you really are. Also, if you apply your moisturising products on top of your make up, they wont work like they’re supposed to.
4. Different skin types require specific needs. People with dry skin may need to moisturise more often than people with regular or oily skin. However, that doesn’t mean that people with oily skin don’t need to moisturise. Moisturisers do more than simply help to hydrate dry skin. They also add important vitamins and nutrients to the skin, so every skin type benefits from them.
5. The best times to moisturise your skin are generally after you shave, exfoliate or bathe. Shaving and exfoliating normally lead to the removal of dead skin cells. However, they can also strip your skin of natural and essential oils. So it is important to replenish them with a good moisturiser. Immediately after you bathe or wash your face is the perfect time to apply your moisturiser for maximum benefits (when the skin is still wet). The moisturiser will capture the water that is left on your skin and seal it into your pores.
Although exfoliating is good for you skin, it is important that you don’t over exfoliate, as this could cause more harm that good. Once or twice a week should be enough for your face and two to threes times a week for your body.
6. There are times when you will need to moisturise more than others. For example, during the winter it may be necessary to moisturise your skin more, or you may need to change to a heavier more hydrating moisturiser. During the summer when your skin is more oily, you may want to consider changing to a lighter moisturiser that helps to regulate sebum production whilst still providing benefits and protection.