Nobody likes dry skin. Flaky skin and dry patches don’t look or feel good. Itching can lead to scratching, which can lead to cracks, thickening or darkening of the skin. This is why daily moisturizers are so important. Even if you’re on the other side of the spectrum and have oily skin, you still need moisturizer. Without proper hydration, the skin will just produce more oil to compensate, which only makes the problem worse.
There are dozens of moisturizers to choose from, and not all are created equal. Many feel great when initially applied but the effects fade rather quickly. By the time lunch rolls around, your skin isn’t looking or feeling like it did when you left the house. That’s a sign that your skin is thirsty. Even expensive moisturizers from well-known brands fail to live up to the expectations set by slick TV and magazine ads.
Perhaps the most important ingredient to look for in a moisturizer is hyaluronic acid. Don’t be scared off by the word “acid.” It doesn’t burn. Hyaluronic acid is produced naturally in the human body. Actually, the highest concentrations are found in the fluids in the eyes and joints, which is why hyaluronic acid is also used in eye surgeries and for joint disorders such as osteoarthritis. The amount of hyaluronic acid in the skin decreases as we age, especially after the age of 40, causing the skin to become drier.
Hyaluronic acid is produced by fibroblasts, the same cells that produce collagen in skin. Hyaluronic acid is a fantastic moisturizing ingredient because it acts as sponge. It absorbs 1,000 times its own weight in moisture and delivers it to the skin to keep it hydrated, plump and vibrant. If you have dry skin, hyaluronic acid works best in combination with an emollient moisturizer that helps to prevent water from evaporating. Some moisturizers have both properties. If you have oily skin, hyaluronic acid alone is usually enough to stay hydrated.
If you’re still not sure what type of moisturizer is best for your skin, or you’d like to discuss other options for making your skin more radiant, call Warmuth Institute of Dermatology at 856-358-1500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.