In caring for your skin, there are several essential steps that you have to undertake in order to keep it healthy and good looking. One of these essential steps is moisturizing. But exactly how important is it to moisturize your face every day? Why is moisturizing important?
Many of us know that it is at the upper level of importance when it comes to skin regimens, so let’s take a look at some of the consequences of not moisturizing your face to get a real feel of it.
Dry Skin Dangers
Dry skin can be prone to irritation, redness, inflammation, peeling, and skin damage. This skin type is usually sensitive, and sensitive skin is more prone to damage due to exposure.
By just skipping your moisturizer, you are putting your skin through unwanted contact with the harshness of the environment without armor or enough strength to protect itself.
Your skin is exposed to harmful elements, and some of these elements include your very own cleansers. Some cleansers contain ingredients that are effective, yet highly drying such as retinoids.
That is why after cleansing, it is always a rule to moisturize to restore the moisture lost and be able to prevent all the consequences of having dry skin.
A flaky and dull complexion will haunt you in the winter. Since cold air has less humidity in them, it tends to be dryer than usual. This dry air can also take a toll on your skin, especially if you do not moisturize it adequately. Ideally, the surface of your skin is covered with lipids that naturally serve as a barrier against dryness.
Cold and dry air can easily strip of these vital lipids, making it easier for irritants to invade your skin and cause havoc. Thus you can see how some people, especially in the winter, experience redness and flaking on their faces.
Itchy skin. Stepping out of a long bath or shower, or even stepping out after a dip in the pool, you might notice that your skin begins to itch. That is because prolonged exposure to water also strips off natural moisture of the skin. Thus, if you have dry skin, you will have the tendency to itch in different places all day long.
Moisturizer and Makeup
Almost all makeup video tutorials today encourage you to moisturize before your makeup session, and they are totally right about it. The logic behind this is that makeup tends to find its way between the creases and fine lines of a dry skin, thus making them ever more visible and cakey.
Makeup gurus advise that after applying your moisturizer, allow it to set for a few minutes before diving into your foundation routine.
Fight Against Time
Fine lines and wrinkles may come out earlier and more than expected. People who have not moisturized in their life usually end up with deeper wrinkles that appear earlier in life.
Dermatologists explain that dry skin actually goes through a long-term low-grade inflammation that is responsible for consistently breaking down collagen until your skin and body may no longer catch up with natural collagen production and preservation.
Since collagen is vital in sustaining skin health and elasticity, this breakdown may cause your skin to sag, lose its elasticity, and appear duller and more wrinkled. You will end up looking older than your moisturizing peers.
Fine lines may turn into deep crevices. Skin that is devoid of moisture tends to show more of all the marks and lines that you have, and once they are deep enough, or if you are too old, there may be no turning back.
Luckily, you can decrease their appearance with regular application of a moisturizer, especially those containing hyaluronic acid to help plump up your skin and make it more resistant to damage.
Acne will be worse.
Acne is a result of oily skin. People have the impression that since their skin is already oily, they do not need to moisturize for fear that it will only make things worse. Actually, the opposite is true.
If you tend to have an oily complexion and want to nourish and moisturize your skin safely, find the right moisturizer for your skin type. Go for the fragrance-free, oil-free, and non-comedogenic types of moisturizer. These will hydrate your skin without clogging up your larger-than-usual pores.