We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: in the battle against stressed skin and premature aging, hydration is the key. From the inside out, maintaining body hydration is critically important. Happy skin barrier = happy skin!
Lack of water in the skin can lead to dryness, tightness, and flaking. Adding moisturizing lotions, gels, and other products into your routine can help you avoid these skincare pitfalls.
Moisturizers are emulsions of oil and water that help replenish hydration, keeping moisture in the skin and dryness out. All skin types can benefit from a moisturizer. Choose one with an SPF of 15 to protect your skin during the day. Add SPF on top of moisturizer during the day to protect your skin from the sun.
A vitamin-rich moisturizer will give you added benefits, such as:
- Vitamin A and Vitamin B5 increase firmness and build moisture levels.
- Anti-Oxidant Vitamins C and E help protect new skin and fight skin damage.
- PABA-Free SPF 15 sunscreens help prevent premature lines and wrinkles.
Your moisturizer isn’t the only place to look for extra hydration, though. Many skincare products pack a moisture punch.
A hydrator helps to bring water to the skin using humectants. These humectants help collect moisture in the environment and bind it to the skin, which allows the skin to absorb the water. Hyaluronic acid is probably the best example of a hydrator.
Hydrating serums can help relieve stressed and dehydrated skin. Look for one with a high hyaluronic acid content, which retains 1,000 times its weight in water. Some products combine hyaluronic acid with other ingredients to fight additional skin concerns.
The U.SK Under Skin Precious Elixir is a product that’s adored by dermatologists and patients alike for its super hydrating formula. It also offers protection against environmental stressors such as solar radiation, wind, and dry air.
The U.SK Under Skin Precious Elixir can be found in The Box by Dr. Ava: Skincare Heroes Limited Edition.
Retinol serums with hyaluronic acid give a much-needed boost of water to the skin, while lightweight moisturizers help lock in hydration and protect the skin.
But What if I Have Oily Skin?
You still need to moisturize.
Oily skin is the result of the overproduction of sebum from sebaceous glands. It isn’t the result of too much moisture in the skin.
So while it might seem counterintuitive to add a heavy moisturizer to your already oily face, hear us out. Your skin needs that moisturizer to mitigate the loss of hydration, even if it’s oily or yes – pimply.
In normal and oily skin, external factors such as pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing damages the skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture and an increase in oil production.
Skipping moisturizer and focusing on harsh acids that dry out the skin can cause oil glands to go into overdrive, resulting in your face looking even more oily than it was before.
Choosing A Moisturizer for Oily Skin
Look for a moisturizer that’s lightweight and water-based. Oil-free formulas will give your skin the hydration it needs while also keeping sebum under control.
Choose one that is labeled non-comedogenic. These products do not contain ingredients that are known to clog pores. If you have acne, blackheads, or are prone to clogged pores, using non-comedogenic skincare products may help reduce breakouts.
Non-comedogenic is a term used to describe skincare and makeup products that are formulated in such a way that they are not likely to cause pore blockages.
Look for products that contain sebum-regulating ingredients like niacinamide, or oils with higher linoleic acid content like rosehip oil.
If you’re battling acne, look for ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. However, use with caution as those can dry out too.
When to Moisturize
The most important time to use moisturizer is after a bath, shave, or exfoliation. Moisturizing after a shower is most important because hot water strips all the moisture and oils out of your skin, leaving it parched and dry.
Try to work in moisture containing products in the morning and at night. Consider using a moisturizer with retinol before bed. Retinol is vitamin A for your skin increasing the speed at which your skin cells repair.
And if you need an extra burst of moisture throughout the day, consider a hydrating face mist.
Hydration and moisture are the keys to building a great skincare routine. But you need to pay attention to your specific skin type when choosing products. Moisturizers are not one size fits all, and choosing the right one will actually help you control oily skin and outbreaks.