Moisturising is such a simple step in our skincare routine, yet it’s also one which so many people tend to skip. I too am guilty for having skipped this step for many years, but over time, I’ve come to realise how important and beneficial it is. It is most certainly a big must for the maintenance of our skin, one that will definitely produce results in the long term.
To start with the obvious, moisturisers are good for those with dry and dehydrated skin. If your skin is dehydrated, your body will definitely let you know. Flaky and scaly skin will emerge and some people can even end up with rashes or irritated skin. Some have dryer skin in winter for various reasons, including the wind and higher humidity. However, the truth is that everyone needs to moisturise. Even if you have combination or oily skin, it is highly recommended that you moisturise, and here’s why.
Our skin has an optimum PH which it constantly tries to sustain. But in certain instances, our skin decides to go off the rails and starts producing too much oil which might sometimes end up causing acne. For most people, this normally happens once puberty hits, but some have it for most of their lives or during certain periods of their menstrual cycle. It can even be caused by stress. When this happens, our natural response is to try and use products which reduce as much oil as possible in order to prevent our pores from getting clogged. That dry-face feeling you get after cleansing your face is so satisfying when you suffer from oily skin! However, that feeling is actually your skin telling you that it needs more moisture. When you use products which contain drying ingredients like benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid, which are found in most acne-combating treatments, moisturising is vital. Otherwise, prolonged use might actually lead to more oil and more acne. As we’ve mentioned before, your body is constantly trying to keep it’s optimum PH, so in order to combat the lack of hydration, your skin will produce even more sebum.
So what is the solution to all of this?
Always use a moisturiser, but choose the right moisturiser for your skin. If you have very dry skin, go for buttery and thick moisturisers which create a protective layer over your skin. People with dry skin have a higher risk of ageing signs and tend to have more sensitive skin in general, so they need as much protection as possible from damaging elements. On the other hand, those with combination or oily skin should opt for water-based moisturisers. These tend to have thinner formulas which are quickly absorbed by the skin and don’t leave the skin feeling greasy.
So, if you want to prevent premature ageing and wrinkles and want your skin to be a perfect base for the application of make up, don’t forget to add moisturising to your daily skincare regimen!