What does a moisturizer really do?

Have you ever thought about what a moisturizer really does to your skin? It’s funny, because a moisturizer may seem like a really basic item to have in your skincare regimen, BUT it’s actually crucial to the health of the functions of your skin.

Number one, a moisturizer will keep your moisture barrier at bay. This means that by applying a layer of cream morning and night, your moisture barrier is kept intact. A barrier is basically a guard from all the irritants that may disrupt your skin. Whenever you decide to skip on your moisturizer, you are increasing the chances of creating microscopic cracks within that protective layer, letting all the moisture out and all the irritants in. Over time, this will accelerate the aging process of your skin. This isn’t about being vain, it’s actually about protective this outside layer that you have to protect the insides.

Another major thing that a moisturizer will do, is that it will stop the moisture from naturally evaporating from your skin (transepidermal water loss). This process naturally occurs when the water evaporates and leaves to go to a dryer environment (the air). Your moisturizer actually seals that moisture IN and means that it’s going no where. You have to remember that your skin cells are tiny little fish in the sea and they HAVE to be in a water environment in order to function properly.

Skipping on a moisturizer, regardless of which skin type you may have, will lead to major dehydration, and whichever secondary skin condition you may have (rosacea, acne, eczema, etc.) it will make it MUCH worse. By skipping on moisture, you’re actually increasing your dead skin cell build up because your skin will be left dehydrated, and this will potentially lead to a blockage and more blemishes. If you’re in the middle of winter and you skip on moisturizer, and you’re getting a surge of acne when you normally don’t, this could be the reason.

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