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Skin Moisturizers are the key to a silky, smooth, and soft skin - simply the kind which never fails to exude an aura of radiance and youthfulness. Such is because of these skin care productís special ability to help the skin maintain a good amount of moisture that is essential for the skinís health.
Skin Moisturizers are considered as a basic and everyday skin care product because of their very important role of protecting the skin from dryness and dehydration, which symptoms can include:1
- Feeling of tightness, dryness, and discomfort, especially after cleansing;
- The appearance of fine lines around the eyes, forehead, mouth, and neck;
- Rough and flaky skin, especially in low humidity or cold climates; and,
- Parched and patchy look, which can be emphasized when makeup is applied onto the skin; and,
- The need for frequent application of moisturizer throughout the day.
In this section, we offer you our selection of Skin Moisturizers that are carefully-chosen from among the ones that fit the needs of the skin of modern women, developed with natural and organic ingredients, and created by skin care experts to address the various and changing needs of your skin.
The Facial Skinís Daily Need for a Moisturizer.
Skin experts say that more than 70% of our body is made up of water, which makes it essential for us to see to it that our body, especially our skin, is able to maintain its needed amount and quality of moisture at all times.
At a young age when our skin cells are up and healthy, our skin is able to hold a good amount of moisture, but due to factors like aging, frequent washing, using the wrong skin care and beauty products, unprotected sun exposure, unhealthy lifestyle, poor diet, among the others, our skinís moisture is slowly stripped-off, and if not addressed so quickly, can cause damage to the skinís moisture barrier, which can eventually prevent our skin to stay moisturized and can hamper the skin cellsí functioning, which can both lead our skin to look dullness, dryness, and roughness, and make us look older for our age and expose us to a higher risk to wrinkles and premature aging.
Tips for Choosing a Skin Moisturizer.
Is your skin dry or dehydrated?
Such is a key question to ask yourself when you are about to search for Skin Moisturizers, as these skin care products are developed to address the problem of dry and dehydrated skin, which, technically, stem from two (2) different causes.
Skin Moisturizers for Dry Skin.
What is Dry Skin?
Dry Skin occurs as a result of a low supply of oil, or sebum, in the skin and has symptoms like parched look, a feeling of tightness, especially after cleansing, rough skin surface, greater sensitivity, and excess scaling.
Often, this condition is a result of overexposure to the sun, long hot baths or showers, and low-fat diet.1
Oil-based and creamy-textured skin moisturizers suitably address dry skin.
Dry skin can be addressed by using moisturizers that are oil-based or have a creamy texture, or that which contain natural fatty acids, ceramides, or lipids that act to mimic the substances in the skinís moisture barrier and, in effect, provide skin with oils and promote the repair of the skinís moisture barrier, and, therefore, improve the skinís ability to stay moist.
Skin Moisturizers for Dehydrated Skin.
What is Dehydrated Skin?
Dehydrated Skin, or surface dehydration, is one that is caused by the evaporation of moisture through the skin, which is often experienced during the winter, and often caused by environmental factors, like when skin is exposed to the cold and dry weather, low humidity, and temperature changes, also by skin damage and the use of harsh acne treatments and facial cleansers that strip natural lipids in the skin.1
Normally, the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the skin) consists of about 10% water, and skin with water level below this threshold is classified as dehydrated skin condition.
How do you know that your skin is dehydrated?
Some symptoms of dehydrated skin include a feeling of tightness after bath or shower, skin that appears shrunken or shriveled up, feels rough with incessant itching that can even become painful, flaking, scaling, or peeling, redness, and take note, dehydrated skin can usually result in premature aging, i.e, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, including the lack of radiance and the loss of the skinís elasticity.2
What to look for in a skin moisturizer that can protect skin from dehydration?
Skin Moisturizers for dehydrated skin should contain ingredients that help to hydrate skin, like Aloe Vera Extracts; are natural humectants, like Glycerin, which help to attract moisture from the atmosphere to replenish the skinís lost moisture while it creates a thin film over the skinís surface to prevent moisture loss; and that have water-binding ingredients, like Hyaluronic Acid, which helps to improve the skinís moisture-retention ability, and the same ingredients that help to hydrate skin.
1Tips from the Chemist Ė Extra Dry and Dehydrated Skin. http://www.google.com.ph/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBUQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bkamins.com%2Fen%2Fgetfile.aspx%3FfieldId%3D2033%26keyId%3D26&rct=j&q=TIPS%20FROM%20THE%20CHEMIST%20%E2%80%93%20DRY%20%26%20DEHYDRATED%20SKIN&ei=S-EaTuzPDM_kmAWW8bQb&usg=AFQjCNFp_WcoES3tRMxuFKyIdDNVGPnW2Q&cad=rja Accessed: July 10, 2011.
2Valery Elias. Signs and Symptoms of Dehydrated Skin. http://www.ehow.com/about_5121652_signs-symptoms-dehydrated-skin.html Accessed: July 11, 2011.