Does everybody need skin moisturization?

Contrary to the commonly known opinion not everyone needs to moisturize. Only people with dry skin and combination skin need to moisturize regularly. People with normal or especially oily skin don’t need to moisturize on daily basis.

However, in dry climate or extreme weather conditions (such as sun, heat and strong wind) even people with normal to oily skin may need to moisturize. Also, as we age skin tends to become dryer, so after 40 most of people with virtually all types of skin (except excessively oily skin) would need to moisturize.

However, before we talk about how to replenish skin moisture, we should learn how to effectively preserve moisture that is already inside our bodies. 

Minimising Moisture Loss

There are certain things we do which makes our skin dry, so that people with normal and even oily skin may need occasional moisturization. These things are listed below and should be avoided or minimised to avoid loss of fluid. The things to avoid include:

  • Skin washing with soap and detergents. Avoid washing your hands and face with regular soaps and detergents. These elements dissolve ‘acid mantle’ – the oil-rich film that protects our skin against infection and locks in internal skin moisture. Without this film skin become dry and prone to bacteria infiltration. Instead use glycerine-based hand washes.
     
  • Frequent skin washing. Minimise skin washing to 2-3 times a day and preferably with plain water only. If you do need to use soap or hand wash – use glycerine-based ones. Moisturize your skin with a moisturizing cream straight after washing.
     
  • Using alcohol-based skin products. Similarly to detergents, alcohol removes skin’s acid mental leaving it dry and causing irritation. Therefore, you should avoid using alcohol-based skin products including toners, lotions, wipes etc.
     
  • Harsh weather conditions. Extreme weather such as excessive sunlight, heat waves and strong wind can severely dry your skin. Try to avoid them or, if unavoidable, protect your skin with appropriate clothes, sunscreens and sunglasses.

Moisturizers vs. Advanced Skincare Products

These days advanced skincare products such an anti-aging creams already include hydrating ingredients in them, and therefore using an additional moisturizer becomes an overkill and oftentimes may even causes unwanted side effects. So most people with oily, normal or even moderately dry skin can skip using a dedicated moisturizer if they make use of an advanced anti-aging product or regimen. Only if you happen to have an excessively dry skin, you may need to apply a separate moisturizer; this should be done in a few minutes after applying the anti-aging cream.

How to Moisturize Effectively?

First of all, efficient moisturization should be accomplished in two ways – internally and externally.

Internal moisturization. To keep you body well moisturized from the inside, you should intake adequate daily amount of liquid, which is for average weight person is at least 2 liters a day. Water is the best because it doesn’t contain any calories and it’s most suitable liquid for important biological reactions. At the same time, you should minimize water loss from the body by avoiding foods and drinks that cause excessive moisture loss, particularly hot and spicy foods as well as alcohol.

External moisturization is achieved by using moisturizing skincare products. As we mentioned above most people don’t need to use a dedicated moisturizer but instead can use advanced anti-aging creams or regimens to ensure adequate moisturization. The problem with this, however, is that most standard moisturizers have a very short action time of up to 2 hours, and that means that you will need to moisturize your skin many times a day. The solution we suggest is to use long-lasting moisturizers that can work for up to 8-10 hours keeping your skin well hydrated. The good news here is that long-lasting moisturizers don’t cost much more than regular ones and can indeed be very much affordable.

Here is an affordable long-lasting moisturizer.

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