One of the best things you can do for your skin is to moisturize. A large number of skin problems are due to a lack of moisture. Our faces are exposed all day long to harsh environments – cold dry air-conditioning, harsh sunlight, dust and pollution. All these factors will slowly but surely wreak havoc on our skin.
Proper skin care goes a long way in minimizing these damages and protecting our skin.
Dry Skin Types
Drier skin types are signified by the usual symptoms of tightness and flakiness. Sebum production is usually below normal, and so a moisturizer with some oil content may be necessary in order to keep skin looking soft and supple. This will help protect, repair and heal skin.
Oily Skin Types
For oilier and acne prone skin types, use a light water based moisturizer that will lock in water without smothering the pores with excess oil. You’ll be surprised to find out that after proper hydration, your sebum production may actually be less! A lot of the time, surface dryness provokes the pores to excrete more oil in an attempt to counteract the dryness. So if you keep your skin hydrated, there wont be a need for your pores to excrete so much sebum. Your skin will eventually even out in terms of oil production.
- Make sure your moisturizer is labeled non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores and cause breakouts.
- It is best to moisturize right after washing your face, when your face is still damp. This will lock and seal in moisture.
- For sensitive skin type, make sure your moisturizer of choice is free from perfumes, harsh chemicals and preservatives. Look for labels like “paraben free” or “hypoallergenic”.
- Get enough daily water intake. Inner hydration is as important as external hydration! Juices, water, tea – make sure you drink up and stay hydrated.