Whether your skin is oily, dry, sensitive, or a combination, it’s important to moisturize your skin. This may seem like an added chore in your routine, but there are tons of benefits to putting moisturizer in your arsenal of skincare products. As its name suggests, moisturizer locks in moisture on your skin to keep it from dehydration — resulting in a healthy skin barrier and younger-looking skin. But of course, those aren’t the only reasons.
Below, we discuss why moisturizing your skin is absolutely essential.
It prevents a damaged skin barrier
Found on the outermost part of your epidermis, the skin barrier acts as a wall to protect your skin from bacteria and damage. If you have a damaged skin barrier, the moisture on your skin evaporates faster — leaving your skin with dryness that can be itchy, rough, or scaly. Aside from that, a damaged barrier can also cause skin sensitivity and acne. And because your skin lacks suppleness, you’ll be more prone to cuts and scratches, too. To ensure you get the most out of your moisturizer, apply it right after you dry off from a bath or shower to seal in the hydration.
It helps soothe irritated and damaged skin
Skin irritation and damage can be caused by using harsh skincare products or by picking your acne. Besides switching to a calming skincare routine and keeping your hands off your face, a gentle moisturizer soothes the skin and strengthens the protective barrier to allow skin to recover quickly. You’ll be happy to know that moisturizer, especially one with aloe vera or soy, can help soothe sunburn as well — perfect for summer. Now isn’t that more reason not to use moisturizer everyday?
It helps reduce the appearance of dark marks
Dark marks, or hyperpigmentation, are caused by the overproduction of melanin. This is often induced by skin trauma from acne, bug bites, and scrapes — all of which can leave dark spots once healed. Excessive exposure to the sun will also result in hyperpigmentation in the form of sunspots. So how can moisturizer help? For one, moisturizer will give your skin a healthy sheen that can even out blemishes. It can also help boost cell turnover and prevent UV rays from exacerbating your marks. Though not all moisturizers prevent hyperpigmentation, there are some specially formulated for it, such as True Botanical’s PureRadiance Oil.
It helps slow the signs of aging
Hydrated skin makes you look younger. It plumps up the skin and gives it a healthy glow. Plus, it also supports your skin so it can continue to repair itself from damage, while preventing wrinkles from dehydration. Of course, moisturizer is no magic bullet against aging. If you want something more targeted towards slowing down signs of skin aging, wrinkle creams may be better. They’re technically moisturizers too, but with additional active ingredients, such as retinoids and peptides, that improve fine lines and wrinkles.
It may reduce the risk of ‘inflammaging’
‘Inflammaging’ is a term used to refer to chronic inflammation, and the risk of inflammaging increases as you get older. Cytokines are part of the reason for this, and it is said that your skin is a huge source of this. As a solution, a pilot study suggests that moisturizing your skin may reduce the risk of ‘inflammaging’ and various conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. After all, skin becomes drier through age — meaning, the skin’s permeability also increases. This makes it harder to trap water and block pathogens from entering the body. So applying moisturizer can help the skin keep itself, and the body, healthy.