The Value of Moisturizer

Most clients, even the minimalists, are using moisturizer to care for their skin. Yet most don't consider whether or not they are using the right formula. Plus the moisturizer your best friend is gaga about may not be the best formula for your unique skin type.

The primary reason for using a moisturizer is well... to moisturize of course. On top of everything else you need to do before you retire, moisturizing may feel like a chore, so why do it? Well, moisturizing doesn’t just feel great, it can help keep your skin clear, calm, smooth, and wrinkle-free. It is a great investment for the longevity of your skin.

Moisturizing reduces skin problems

Using the right kind of moisturizer for your skin can help maintain its balance. When skin is too dry or too oily, many common skin problems occur, like acne, eczema, dehydration, increased sensitivity, flakiness, dullness and more pronounced wrinkles. These become more obvious if you’re not moisturizing properly.

If your skin tends to be oily, you should look for a lightweight lotion instead of a cream. You might consider an oil free lotion. The important actives for oily skin are based on humectants. These are ingredients like glycerin or sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) because they attract and bind water to the skin, keeping it hydrated without feeling heavy or overbearing. A humectant based moisturizer keeps oily skin looking fresh. Skip this step and your sebaceous glands (oil glands) can go into overdrive by producing even more oil. Softer skin surfaces mean oil is less likely to get clogged in your pores. Make sure you don’t combine your moisturizer with harsh exfoliating ingredients that might increase inflammation. Exfoliation should be done as a separate step. Follow exfoliating ingredients with skin soothing antioxidants like niacinamide which reduce