Do you plan on cutting out moisturizers from your skincare regime? Worst still, do you still not have a moisturizer in your skincare regime? Or are you perhaps just curious why you even need a moisturizer? You’ve come to the right site, as we’ve compiled all that you need to know about moisturizers and give you good reasons as to why you should NEVER EVER skip moisturizers.
The Importance of Moisturizers
1) Help your skin maintain hydration levels
Moisturizers such as humectants will aid your skin to draw water to the skin to maintain skin hydration. There are two types of humectants in moisturizers; synthetic and natural.
Examples of synthetic humectant:
- Butylene glycol
- Tremella extract
- Sodium PCA
- Sodium lactate
Examples of natural humectant:
- Hyaluronic acid
- Aloe vera
- Alpha hydroxy acid
These types of moisturizers are not advised for those with extremely dry skin as they do draw out water from your deeper layers of the dermis. However, it is advisable for people with normal skin types in humid climates like Malaysia.
2) Help your skin’s ability to maintain moisture.
Some people have naturally dry skin, and this simply means that some of their skin cells have missing lipids. This also happens in our skin as we grow older as it is common for gaps between skin cells to appear. Emollients are specific types of moisturizers that will help fill these missing lipids.
Examples of emollients:
- Shea butter
- Cocoa butter
- Mineral oil
- Coconut, jojoba, sesame, almond, and other plant oils
- Cetyl alcohol
- Olive oil (oleic acid)
Emollients are for you if you’ve noticed your skin drying out as years pass or if you naturally have a dry skin type. These ingredients will aid your skin by filling the gaps and keeping skin barrier tact in terms of hydration.
3) Helps heal damaged skin
Does your skin seem extremely damaged and maybe even a little saggy? This is most probably due to the depletion of ceramide levels, a waxy lipid that helps your skin look bouncy and youthful. Damaged skin such as those with eczema conditions has depleted ceramide giving the skin the dull and ‘rough’ texture. Moisturizers with ceramide will help regain the health level of your skin to bring back the glow it once had. Ceramide cannot be obtained from any other natural or synthetic product.
4) Helps ease itchiness and flakiness
Specific moisturizers such as those with occlusives will help ease itchy and flaky skin.
Examples of occlusives:
- Mineral oil
- Olive oil
- Argan oil
- Jojoba oil
- Safflower oil
- Tamanu oil
Occlsuives work extremely well for chronically dry skin as it helps traps moisture in the skin barrier. It is especially good for people from countries with dry climates. It also provides protection against allergens from entering skin barrier which reduces skin itchiness.
What Happens If I Stop Using Moisturizers?
1) Breakout Breakout Breakout
When your skin is dry, it will try to compensate by producing natural oil to maintain the hydration level. The overproduction of oil tends to clog pores leading to bacterias to breed on your face (and that’s what causes acne).
2)Blemishes and Scars!
What’s worse than breakouts? Many would say scars and blemishes (and we kinda agree). The reason why scars and blemishes occur is also due to the continuous dry state of your skin leading to pigmentation and bruising of your skin.
3) Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Dehydration of skin leads to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. As you age, your skin tends to become more and more dehydrated hence being a contributing factor to the formation of wrinkles.
Skin without moisturizers generally tends to look duller than others as it is dehydrated. This is why most of our skins tend to look healthy in the morning and get’s duller as the day passes as our skin is losing water throughout the day and will tend to look even duller without moisturizers.
But Moisturizers Are Breaking Me Out!
But I Have Oily-skin!
But I Hate The Feeling Of Moisturizers On My Skin!
Yes, we understand your concerns but it all comes down to choosing the right moisturizers based on your skin type. The discomfort you’re feeling is most likely due to the usage of the wrong moisturizer-type.
Choose The Right Moisturizers For Your Skin Type
Mon Chéri Moisturiser for all skin types.
Moisturizers for oily skin
Oily skin does not mean you should cut out moisturizing. It simply means that your skin is lacking moisture thus its’ producing oil to compensate for the dryness. Look for moisturizers containing humectants to deal with your skin concerns.
Moisturizers for acne-prone skin
Firstly, identify the cause of your acne; dryness or oiliness? Based on the root cause, the type of moisturizers you should use would differ. If the acne problem originates from an overproduction of oil, we’d suggest humectants too. However, if you’re one to have extremely dry and acne-prone skin, opt for moisturizers for emollients instead.
Moisturizers for dry skin
If you have dry skin-type, stay away from humectants and try out emollients containing moisturizers. This, however, may not suit you if dryness continues and then you can try to opt for occlusives to better seal the moisture on your skin.
Self-care starts with placing care for your skin. Greater skin conditions simply mean greater confidence and self-satisfaction. Moisturizing is the basic kind of self-love you should be carrying out for so that your future self will thank you.