Moisturize to Healthier Skin

Moisturize to Healthier Skin

Use these tips to get the most out of your moisturizers and fight the appearance of aging skin.


By: Summer Saldana

Moisturizing your skin just might be the most important thing to do to keep your skin healthy and young looking. Consider this:

  • Moisturizing not only replenishes your body’s natural oils, but also traps existing moisture, which helps to prevent wrinkles and premature aging.
  • While dry skin itself is not what causes wrinkles and aging, dry skin heals and rejuvenates slower than healthy skin. Dryness also creates tiny cracks in the skin that allow the bad stuff to sneak in.
  • Moisturizing helps protect your skin from the harsh elements in the environment. Many daytime formulas also include sunscreen, a vital component in keeping skin healthy and protected from sun damage.

Though certain ingredients may make your skin feel soft and amazing, you can’t always go by touch alone. Some products penetrate your skin on a deeper level and provide more for your money.

Try to keep your ingredient list as free of synthetic chemicals and fragrances as possible, as they can actually create more dryness and accelerate the aging process. Instead, look for some of these ingredients to be at or near the top of your ingredient list:

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  • Purified water: Pure water leaves fewer residues than non-purified water.
  • Shea butter: It’s an intense moisturizer that restores skin elasticity. It also provides some natural sun protection and healing properties.
  • Essential oils such as almond, avocado, lavender, coconut and organic olive oils: Among the many benefits, essential oils moisturize the skin at the cellular level.
  • Vitamins A, C and E: Vitamin C stimulates collagen and helps repair sun damage, Vitamin A protects your skin from free radical damage caused by the environment, and Vitamin E helps repair dry and damaged skin.
  • Beeswax: Locks in moisture and protects skin from environmental damage.

Here are some tips to get the most out of your moisturizer:

  • Begin first by cleansing and toning your skin, which preps it to receive the benefits from your moisturizer. Keep in mind that your skin loses the most moisture in the first five minutes after showering or bathing, so try not to waste any time.
  • For added moisture, try applying natural body oils first and then sealing it in with your favorite lotion or body butter.
  • At bedtime, apply cream or body butter to your hands and feet and wrap them with gloves or cotton. Leave it on all night. In the morning you will wake up with the softest hands and feet!

Remember: Not every product works for every skin type, so be open to experimenting and trying out different options. Sometimes this can even be the best part! Do your research and ask around. Eventually you will find the product and system that is just right for you and your skin!



Summer is the author of the popular blog Le Musings of Moi, which covers fashion, décor, style, parenting, health, fitness and whatever else interests this mother of two in SoCal. She also writes for Mommalogues and frequently posts videologues to YouTube.

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