Everything to Know About Moisturizer, and Why It's Mandatory for Your Skin

Do you ever have those terrible skin days, where it feels so dry that you're convinced it's going to flake off?

For some, dry skin is a part of everyday life and something that constantly needs tending to. Then, there are those with "normal" skin. They have neither oily nor dry skin, making it seem like they have an easier time when it comes to skin care. But, no matter how perfect your skin may seem, there's one thing that people of all skin types should be using every single day—moisturizer.

Want to know why? Scroll below to learn more about moisturizer, the benefits of it and why you should absolutely be moisturizing:

What is Moisturizer? What are the Benefits?

Moisturizer is exactly what it sounds like—it moisturizes the skin. Dry skin is often irritable and can lead to even worse skin issues if not handled properly and promptly. The first thing you should do every morning is apply moisturizer before putting on makeup. It allows for better application and protects you from dry skin. You should also apply it at night before going to bed. We spoke with dermatologist Dr. Hadley King, about the specific benefits of using moisturizer. Here's what she had to say:

"Hydrators and moisturizers are helpful for making the skin look plump and smooth. They help strengthen the skin barrier function, which in turn, helps protect us from environmental irritants, toxins and trauma."


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Should You Pay Attention to Specific Ingredients In a Moisturizer?

You should absolutely pay attention to the ingredients in your moisturizer. Certain ingredients like parabens should be avoided. Glycerin and hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, are great in moisturizers. Dr. King says to find moisturizers that combine both humectants and emollients. Here's why:

"Humectants (like hyaluronic acid and glycerin) are helpful because they attract moisture and hydrate the skin. Emollients (like bee's wax and coconut oil) are also needed to lock in the moisture."


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What Type of Moisturizers Should You Use Based on Your Skin Type?

Whether you have dry, oily, combination or normal skin, you need a moisturizer. The type, however, will vary from person to person. Dr. King gave us the breakdown:

"If you have dry skin, you may find that you need heavier emollients (meaning the product contains ingredients like petrolatum and shea butter). If you have oily skin, you may prefer products that have humectants to hydrate and lighter emollients to moisturize."

Below are some product recommendations:

Good Janes H20MYGOD Water Cream: $38.95

Perfect for all skin types, this water-based cream includes Vitamin C and plant-based stem cells. When you're feeling chapped or dry from the weather, slather this baby on for a soothing, hydrating feel.

Herbal Dynamics Black Rose and Damask Rose Concentrated Face Balm: $24

This amazing balm for dry skin is filled with shea butter, olive fruit oil and rose oil, and it's great to use when you need that extra bit of protection from the elements. It provides hydration and nourishment for dry and chapped skin.

Indigo Wild Zum Face Under Eye Butter: $16

A great under eye option for all skin types, this buttery concoction keeps the under eye area moisturized and revitalized. If you've ever noticed your makeup dries up faster in the under eye area, you need to try this product.

 

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