Dry skincare moisturizing info
Get the latest news on dry skincare moisturizers, dry skin anti-aging treatments, exfoliants, AHAs, humectants and more healthy skin issues for men and women.
There are hundreds of moisturizing products on the shelves. Costs can range from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars. Moisturizers can help to seal in water. This is a good thing for dry skin, as it can help it feel better.
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In addition to helping dry skin, moisturizers can also plump up wrinkles, so they appear less noticeable. Some moisturizers also contain ingredients that can exfoliate dry skin, which can help it look less flaky. Using moisturizers can even help you avoid the seasonal dry skin that happens in summer and winter. The lists of ingredients in moisturizers can sound confusing, but there are some basic ingredients to be aware of. Humectants are ingredients that attract water. In humid weather, they will draw moisture from the air to the skin. Emollients help to soften and smooth skin, and seal in the moisture. Examples include mineral oil and petroleum, which help to seal in water, but can clog pores if used in high concentration. Humectants and emollients are often combined in a single product.
Most moisturizers also contain water. There are differences in the ratio, with moisturizers that have more water feeling lighter. Other ingredients moisturizers can contain include:
Moisturizers come in many forms such as ointments, creams and lotions. Each is slightly different in its composition and how it helps moisturize your skin.
Since moisturizers help to seal in water, it's good to apply them after your bath or shower, while your skin is slightly damp. Women often apply moisturizers to their face, before putting on make-up. For your hands, you may want to apply moisturizers every time you wash them, to prevent over-drying.
Unless you are allergic to them, moisturizers can be used indefinitely to treat dry skin. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to look for a moisturizer that has fewer ingredients, and least amount of preservatives.
Updated January 2013
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