Skin Care Regimen- Part III Moisturizing

Posted for Skin Care On June 12, 2009


Last week I told you about Toning!

The third step of a skin care regimen is moisturizing! Moisturizing hydrates the skin and replenishes and balances its intrinsic moisture levels. Moisturizers generally contain nourishing ingredients that provide necessary moisture to the skin cells and help the skin stay smooth and supple.

Contrary to popular belief that moisturizing is not necessary for oily skin, it is a key step in skin care regimens for all types of skin be it normal, dry, oily, sensitive or combination skin.

Oily skin is a result of excessive sebum within the skin cells. But there is a difference between oil and moisture. Excessive oil particles cannot compensate for moisture and oily skin continues to require moisturizing. However, people with oily skin should use lightweight oil-free moisturizers in order to prevent excessive greasiness on the face. On the other hand, people with dry skin should use heavy moisturizing creams and lotions that serve to supply intensive moisture to the parched skin.

After cleansing and toning, slather moisturizer on your face and massage it until it gets absorbed completely. The best time to apply moisturizers is when the skin is still moist. The water will lock the moisture within the skin and keep the skin hydrated longer. Moisturizers enhance the barrier function of the skin and reduce the irritation and sensitivity of the skin. As a result, the skin looks smoother and more supple!

All you need to do is make sure to choose a moisturizer that has suits your skin type and cater to your skins individual requirements. Also, pay attention to the weather and climatic conditions. Cold weather may require you to moisturize more intensively while you may moisturize less in the summer months!

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