Moisturising products usually scream at us from shelf after shelf at the beauty and cosmetics section of stores. They are usually packed in containers and tubes of all shapes and even sizes and contain photos of models with flawless and glowing skin. Bombarded with all these moisturising products, one may wonder whether moistur-ising is really that important or it’s just a case of beauty experts making much ado about nothing. If you’re wondering whether moisturising is important then well, know it is.
Before we can delve into the benefits of moisturising, let’s first answer the following questions that are usually a concern for many people who are seeking to know more about moisturising: What are the various kinds of moisturising products? Who should moisturise their skin and who should not? When should I moisturise? How often should I moisturise?
Who should moisturise their skin?
Everyone should moisturise their skin no matter their skin type. People often think that only those with a dry skin type should have a moisturising regimen but this is however a misconception, everyone needs to moisturise be it that they have a dry, oily or normal skin. Our skin lose a substantial amount of moisture everyday given the environmental conditions we are in. There is therefore a need to replenish this lost moisture and therefore moisturising is necessary.
In addition, people with an oily skin are usually prone to acne and they may subse-quently use soaps and medications which strip their skin of moisture and leave it dry or flaky. Moisturising is thus important for people with an oily skin.
Moisturising products are usually available in cream and liquid forms. Cream moisturisers are suitable for those with a dry or normal skin while waterbased moisturising products are suitable for those with an oily skin.
When and how often should I moisturise my skin?
It is advisable that you moisturise in the morning and in the evening. You should moisturise soon after showering or washing your face to ensure that moisture from the water is trapped between your skin and the moisturiser. One should moisturise daily. If you want to moisturise when your skin is not clean then first clean your skin with a cleanser and apply a toner.
Benefits of moisturising
Firstly, moisturising helps in restoring health to dry skin. Dry skin is often dehy-drated and pale-looking. Applying a moisturiser on a dry skin will ensure that it is rehydrated thus giving it a healthy glow and smoothness.
Secondly, moisturising helps in tissue repair. Water is usually an important compo-nent of the epidermis, that is the outer layer for the skin. The water is necessary for various physiological activities occurring within the skin such as metabolism and tissue repair. Applying a moisturiser will therefore make sure your skin has enough water for tissue repair. You will consequently recover quickly from skin damages or injuries.
Thirdly, moisturising helps protect your skin from sunlight and other harsh envi-ronmental conditions. Most moisturising products usually have sunscreen compo-nents with a high SFP level, this ensures that your skin is protected from the harm-ful ultra violet rays of the sun. Moisturisers also act as barriers between your skin and the environment thus protecting it from harsh environmental conditions.
Fourthly, moisturising helps prevent skin diseases. It prevents dryness which may lead to cracks on the skin and bacteria invading them.
Lastly, moisturising helps prevent wrinkles and ageing. Wrinkles usually occur as a result of dryness, moisturising will therefore prevent it as it ensures that the skin is adequately hydrated. Hydration of the skin also slows down ageing.