The last step in a good beauty routine should be facial moisturizer. After cleansing and maybe using toner, moisturizers will lock in the moisture your skin needs to stay supple and healthy. Most of us probably use some sort of moisturizer already. We know that it makes our skin look good and feel good. But did you know moisturizer becomes more of a necessity with aging? Or when you use certain prescription acne medications?
Moisturizer And Aging
Moisturizer is especially important as we age. The water content of your skin and its appearance, by extension, will change throughout your lifetime. Skin that has been damaged by the elements, by things like sun and wind, will have a higher total water content. (1)
This seems paradoxical when taking into consideration the look of photodamaged skin; it’s dry and wrinkly. However, this increased water content is in the “bulk” form. This means that it is not bound to protein. These water molecules are bound to each other. In young, healthy skin, the water is in the “bound” form. This means it is bound to protein.
A good moisturizer can help make up for these intrinsic changes seen in aging.
Moisturizer And Acne Medications
Moisturizer will also help battle irritation. This is a common side effect with most acne medications. Tretinoin, the medication used for both acne and wrinkle prevention, is notorious for causing dry skin and irritation. I have had my skin peel numerous times from using Tretinoin. You can offset this side effect by using moisturizer.
If you suffer from acne, look for oil-free moisturizers that are non-comedogenic. This means they won’t clog your pores. Some of the ingredients to avoid are mineral oils and petrolatum. You should look for moisturizers with ceramides, like Cera Ve Moisturizing Facial Lotion. Or those with silicone oils like Skin Medica HA 5 Rejuvenating Hydrator.
Moisturizer For Different Skin Types
For sufferers of dry skin, moisturizer can be applied multiple times a day. A person with oily skin, on the other hand, will benefit from applying a lightweight option only once a day.
For daytime, I recommend that you find a moisturizer with sunscreen built in. This will take one more step out of your daily skin care routine. You can find inexpensive options in your local drugstore. I like Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF30 and Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer SPF30. If you like tinted sunscreen then I highly recommend one of my personal favorites, EltaMD UV Daily Broad Spectrum SPF40. It’s got hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and sun protection all in one.
At night, I like to put on my moisturizer right after taking a shower. I cleanse in the shower with a mild cleanser like Hydropeptide Exfoliating Cleanser, and then I immediately apply some lightweight Theraplex Hydrolotion.
What are some of your favorite moisturizers? Do you like heavy or lightweight moisturizers?
- Waller, Jeanette M., and Howard I. Maibach. “Age and skin structure and function, a quantitative approach (II): protein, glycosaminoglycan, water, and lipid content and structure.” Skin Research and Technology3 (2006): 145-154.