The largest organ on your body is also the one that everybody sees: your skin. You might not think of it as an organ like your heart or liver, but it is, and it needs to be taken care of just as rigorously as you take care of the other organs in your body. Just like you should be hydrating your body by drinking plenty of water, you should also be hydrating your skin by using moisturizer, no matter what kind of skin you have.
What kind of moisturizer should I use?
With so many moisturizers available on the market, you might have trouble picking one that suits you best. The solution to this is to use a moisturizer formulated for your specific skin type, whether you have dry skin, oily skin, or a combination.
People with dry skin should look for a moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid, which is naturally produced by your body to help your skin retain the water it needs to stay healthy.
If you have oily skin, then you should look for a lighter moisturizer that has low or no oil in it. You might think that, as someone with oily skin, you don’t need a moisturizer. The truth is, just because your skin is oily or naturally greasy, doesn’t mean it’s being adequately hydrated. The right moisturizing cream can make all the difference.
The ingredients in the moisturizer you pick are important to note, as well. If you can, go with a glycerin instead of a lanolin base. This is because lanolin is known to cause allergic reactions in some people, and that would be counter-productive.
Also, you will want to choose a different moisturizer for your body and one for your face, much like you would pick a cleanser or soap. The skin of your face and the skin of your body can be very different and tend to have different needs.
How often should I use moisturizer?
If you have dry skin, you should be moisturizing whenever you feel like you need it. No matter what kind of skin you have, however, you should at least be moisturizing every morning and every night before bed. It is also a good idea to try a nighttime moisturizer that includes retinol, a chemical known to reduce the signs of aging. Also, keep in mind to thoroughly wash your face before applying moisturizer of any kind, to make sure you’re starting with a blank canvas.
Remember, always start your day with sunscreen
No matter what moisturizer you use in the morning, make sure you’re using sunscreen. Many moisturizers include an SPF (sun protection factor) number, but if yours does not, you will definitely want to add sunblock to your morning skincare. This is especially true for your face since the sun’s damage shows up there most often. It is also important to use sunscreen to protect your skin from cancer and sunburn.
If you have any questions about how you should care for your skin, get in touch with an expert at Starks.
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