Moisture is not something you should take for granted.
If you suffer from dry skin, you should moisturize. If you are over 20, you should moisturize. If you live in a higher altitude client, you should moisturize. If it’s winter, you should moisturize.
I don’t know if you are sensing a common thread here, but whether or not you’ve gotten the point I am trying to make, you should moisturize.
Dehydrated skin can be uncomfortable, tight, and itchy. Down the road, without proper moisturization you are likely to suffer from premature aging, sagging, and wrinkles. Beyond that, moisturized skin acts as a form of barrier protection against all kinds of microscopic allergens.
Here are five ways to keep you skin hydrated:
Apply moisturizer to damp skin. When you add moisturizer on top of wet skin, it locks the moisture in. After your morning shower is ideal, or after a warm rinse to open your pores.
Use a gentle cleanser. When choosing a cleanser try and stay away from anything too acidic, especially salicidic acid. All natural or mild cleansers work best.
Always rinse your face before bed. Getting rid of any excess makeup or dirt from the day will help your skin heal and retain moisture overnight.
Use Hyaluronic serum. Hyaluronic acid helps draw water into the top layer of skin, keeping you hydrated longer. You can apply regular moisturizer on top.
Use emollient creams. Emollient creams work as a barrier on top of skin, by filling in cracks with fatty molecules to help protect the skin underneath.
Everyone’s skin is different, so some of these options might not work for you if your skin is excessively dry, or naturally oily. Listen to the advice of your dermatologist over all else, but if you are looking for a crash course in skin hydration, these tips are a good place to start.