This article was published on June 24th, 2017
In a time when people are trying to grasp onto their youth, and effervescence is such a sign of beauty in contemporary society, it is a question of many people how to best treat the body’s biggest organ: skin. Applying sunscreen is a must. And so is staying out of the sun. Drinking water is essential: keeping skin hydrated is the most important thing a person could do. However, the secret to a healthy, youthful, glowing face lies in using moisturizer. Here is the best advice on how to moisturize, what kind of moisturizer to get, and the benefits of keeping skin looking youthful through hydration.
Skin is an organ constantly exposed to the outside world; it constantly takes a beating from the elements. Wind, rain, snow, sun, and pollution all take their toll on skin. A face moisturizer is necessary for a number of reasons. All these factors dry out or damage skin, leaving it needing revitalization.
The best time to moisturize is always. Any time your skin is feeling dry or chapped. For oily skin, use sparingly and find a moisturizer that contains an astringent. Otherwise, a great time to apply moisturizer is right after the shower or bath. Taking hot or warm shower opens pores, allowing for more nutrients to be absorbed. It also strips away a layer or two of dead skin cells, a critical time to provide freshly exposed skin cells with nourishment.
Before going outdoors, use moisturizer to protect your skin from harmful weather and pollution. Many face creams have SPF factors added to them; finding moisturizer with at least SFP 30 or more will help protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Hydrating with moisturizer before bed will allow your skin to revitalize throughout the night.
What to look for in a quality moisturizer depends on individual skin type. For oily skin that consistently results in breakouts, a moisturizer with a cleanser would work best. A water based moisturizer is preferred, as water is the key ingredient to hydration. Paraben free and alcohol-free lotions are also recommended, alongside components that hydrate the skin naturally such as aloe, jojoba, cocoa butter, Shea butter, coconut oil, etc. SPF factor is a must for anyone on the go, and is always recommended for face moisturizers.
It’s never too late to have great skin. Finding the right moisturizer can make any face a hydration station by always being perfectly moisturized.