For many of us, moisturizing is an important step in our natural skincare routine. Do you ever think about why it’s so important to give skin the hydration it needs? The right moisturizer helps keep your skin healthy and looking its best. Here is why moisturizing is so important for your skin’s health.
The Value of Skin Hydration
When you’re thirsty, you reach for a glass of water. When your skin is thirsty, a moisturizer gives it the hydration it needs. Moisturizers help to nourish and improve your skin in a number of ways.
- Replaces some of the oils your skin makes naturally
- Covers and protect tiny fissures in your skin
- Creates a layer of soothing protection from damaging environments
- Helps to slow down the evaporation of your skin’s moisture
All of these benefits work together to keep your skin happy and healthy.
Moisturizing Is Crucial for Your Skin’s Health
Moisturizing your skin helps to keep it soft, supple, comfortable, and attractive. However, a good moisturizer can also help to improve your skin’s health in a number of important ways.
Moisturizing Helps to Protect Against Environmental Damage
Have you ever noticed that your skin becomes extremely dry and chapped when exposed to cold, dry air? Chapped lips, hands, and cheeks are a common issue during the colder months. This is especially true if you spend lots of time outside. When your body is cold, it tries to conserve heat. Part of this process forces the blood vessels in your skin to constrict, which keeps skin from getting the moisture it needs. As a result, you’re left with dry, red, and irritated skin.
Moisturizing regularly helps to replenish your skin’s lost hydration. A thicker moisturizer is best for healthy skin in cooler weather. Learn a little more about how to keep your skin healthy when the weather is cold in this post on our blog.
Moisturizing Helps to Prevent Aging
Regular moisturizing also helps to nourish your skin in the long term, potentially slowing the signs of aging. At least that’s what an article published in a 2010 issue of the British Journal of Dermatology found. The study compared the number of wrinkles and levels of skin hydration in 122 women over a period of eight years. The researchers found that on average, a 28 year old woman had a 52% increase in visible wrinkles by the time she was 36 if she had dry skin, compared to a 22% increase in women with well-hydrated skin.
This connection between moisturizing and wrinkles comes down to the skin barrier, the outermost layers of skin that help to maintain consistent moisture levels. As you age, your skin barrier becomes less effective, leading to the types of damage we often associate with aging (including wrinkles). Regular moisturizing (along with adequate sun protection and regular exfoliation) helps to keep skin looking full and radiant. Read more about how to care for your skin barrier in this article from Paula’s Choice.
Moisturizing Helps Control Eczema and Other Skin Conditions
If you are one of the 31.6 million Americans who suffer from some form of eczema, you know that an outbreak of this itchy, irritated skin can quickly ruin your day. Regular moisturizing can be an effective method for preventing eczema outbreaks, as well as soothing them if they do occur.
Dry skin is a common eczema trigger. Applying a moisturizer after a shower or bath helps to lock in moisture, improving your skin’s ability to act as a barrier against the outside environment. Avoid moisturizers that contain dyes, perfumes, alcohol, detergents, and other irritating ingredients: these junky chemicals can actually lead to irritation and an even bigger eczema flare-up. Instead, use an all-natural Shea Butter based moisturizer to nourish, soothe, and protect your skin.
Moisturizing Just Feels Great
Is it silly to point out how good it feels to moisturize? We don’t think so! Enjoying the sensation and aroma of a smooth, rich, all-natural moisturizer can be sublime. Applying a luxurious moisturizer at the end of a long bubble bath is the perfect way to relax and unwind at the end of the day. A sumptuous cream or body butter helps take care of your mind as well as your body, making moisturizing an effective way to care for your overall well being.
Finding the Perfect Moisturizer
In order to get the most out of your moisturizing routine, you need to find the right moisturizer for you. While you’ll find plenty of over the counter moisturizers in your local big box store, those creams and lotions are likely also full of unnecessary and potentially dangerous ingredients.
We love using our raw Shea Butter as an all-purpose moisturizer. It’s full of vitamin A, vitamin E, and other essential nutrients that help soothe inflamed, irritated skin. It’s also non-comedogenic, which means it won’t block your skin pores. Don’t take our word for it, though: our customers love it too! Read a little more about how they use raw Shea Butter to moisturize, soothe, and protect their skin here.
There are so many reasons why moisturizing is such an important part of any skin care routine. Whether you want to protect against aging, nourish and protect some of your most vulnerable areas, or simply enjoy skin that feels smooth, healthy, and radiant, regular moisturizing is key.