Everyone has heard of moisturizer, but do you know the truth?
What is Moisturizer?
Let’s start with the basics! Moisturizer is typically the heaviest product in a skincare routine, and it creates a moisture barrier that sits on top of the skin.
If you have dry skin, you may get some hydration in the surface layer of your skin. If you want to actually help your skin by:
- Improving the Overall Quality
- Increase Oil Production
- Create Deeper, Truer Hydration
…there are way better options and other steps you can take!
4 Ways to Really Hydrate Your Skin
When we’re talking about hydration, we have to talk about drinking water and staying hydrated.
Drinking enough water should be step one of every wellness journey!!
When talking about internal hydration, though, something else that helps is taking in good fatty acids. Including the essential fatty acids will help you maintain your internal hydration, and keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.
Antioxidants reduce inflammation and help your skin to repair itself.
Skin that is inflamed can’t keep up with the daily damage it faces from sun, pollution, etc. Additionally, inflammation contributes to (and can even cause) skin issues such as acne, rosacea, and eczema. When you add antioxidants into your skincare routine, you are calming that inflammation and not only allowing your skin to repair itself but also enabling it to renew and improve the overall quality.
Vitamin E is the most similar to the natural oils our body produces and it is known for it’s ability to speed up the healing process, making it the best antioxidant for dry skin. Additionally, Vitamin E enhances the benefits of other antioxidants, so it works well when paired with Vitamin C, for example.
Many people who purchase a moisturizer are often actually looking for the benefits of a Hydrator.
A hydrator is a product that can actually penetrate down to the deeper layers of skin and provide lasting hydration.
Protect Your Skin
The sun can contribute to dry skin drying out even more. This can cause your skin to look flaky, cracked, and/or wrinkled. Additionally, sun damage can cause inflammation, which we’ve already established as a big thing to avoid for all skin types.
Using a mineral sunblock will not only protect your skin, but many sunblocks are made with other ingredients, like a moisturizer, will give your skin some added hydration.
Elta MD UV 40 is a great option for dry skin as it contains Hyaluronic Acid, which is an excellent hydrator!
Done all those steps?
If you have followed all of the steps above, your skin’s baseline should be much healthier and hydrated.
If you still want to add a product that will sit on top of your skin and act as a protective barrier- like in the wintertime when the air is dry and cold- then you can add a moisturizer to do exactly that!
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