Not All Moisturizers are Made the Same

Not All Moisturizers are Made the Same

Finding the right moisturizer can be a source of great confusion. There are so many options with an endless number of possible ingredients and endorsements. This short guide is meant to help you sort through the noise so that you feel comfortable knowing that you are buying the best moisturizer for you.

What Moisturizers Do

The basic goal of a moisturizer is to help your skin stay soft and young looking. According to the University of Tennessee Medical Center: The most important times to use moisturizer are after a bath, shave or exfoliation. For some, this might be twice a day. Moisturizing after a shower is very important because hot water strips all the moisture and oils out of your skin, leaving it parched and dry. While hot water may be relaxing, it also wreaks havoc on your skin. Never skip the moisturizer. AllMoisturizersAreNotTheSame-HotShowers
Moisturizing Helps Skin Stay Young- The skin on your face, ears, neck and chest are very sensitive to environmental changes and are the most common areas of the body known to develop skin cancer. These areas of skin also shed cells more rapidly than other parts of the body and therefore need moisture to repair themselves, which allows for younger skin cells to rise to the surface. Also, the massaging effect that is used when applying lotion helps stimulate blood circulation and new cell generation.
Moisturizing Reduces Skin Problems- Moisturizing everyday can reduce the chance of developing extreme dryness or oiliness. Both extremes are harmful for skin and cause common skin conditions like acne.
Conceals Other Skin Blemishes- Using a daily moisturizer ensures that the skin's blemishes are camouflaged. That is because moisturizing tends to make the skin have a slight sheen, and those with any tint or self-tanner even out different skin tones.

Emollients vs Humectants

How different moisturizers work to accomplish these goals depends on how they are made. Generally speaking they are built around either using an emollient or a humectant. Emollients are actually used to soften and soothe the skin's scales, making it smoother and reducing its roughness and flaking. Keep in mind that the skin completely regenerates itself approximately every 27 days, so it is natural for you to lose skin cells. Emollients are considered occlusive, which means that they add a layer onto your skin that helps to prevent evaporation of water from the skin. Emollients are found in silicone, oils, butters, some alcohols, and petroleum based products. AllMoisturizersAreNotTheSame-Emollients Humectants, on the other hand, bond with water molecules to retain and attract more water into the skin. They attract the water from either the environment or from the outer layer of skin, preventing evaporation. Glycerin is one of the most effective humectants known and can be found in many excellent moisturizers, including Calysta Labs Revitalizing Moisturizer. Other humectants that are used in skincare products include sugars, proteins and acids.

Choosing and Using the Right Facial Moisturizer

Moisturizers also come in the forms of creams, lotions and ointments. Serums can also contain the ingredients that will help to moisturize some skin. According to WebMd, the best way to choose from among these is by your skin type and the location where you will be applying the moisturizer. Your face has the most sensitive skin on your body, so you will want to go with the lightest possible product for daily use. This is typically a lotion; but a cream at night. For the rest of your body, especially if you have itchy or dry skin, you will want to use a thicker ointment. The same principle as thickness applies to the number of ingredients that you are applying to your skin. As mentioned above, your face has the most sensitive skin on your body. For this reason it is best to avoid unnecessary components of your facial moisturizer. Dyes, perfumes and preservatives tend to irritate sensitive skin and should be avoided. Facial moisturizers with only 3 or 4 ingredients are the safest choice, especially those that are created by skin care professionals using scientifically advanced formulas. For instance, the Revitalizing Moisturizer made by Calysta Labs, has 4 ingredients and one of them is water. It has an emollient, Emulsifix-205, as well as Cyclomethicone, which is used in skincare products to help retain softness and smoothness. Its molecules are too large to go through the pores of the skin, but it does not block the more active ingredients from doing so. It is a silicone base compound that is thought to help heal acne scars. The water in the moisturizer is directly retained on the skin's surface to help it stay humid. AllMoisturizersAreNotTheSame-CalysaLabs4Ingredients It is helpful to use moisturizer while your skin is damp. Your skin is like a dry sponge; when you apply moisturizer it will stick to the surface of the sponge. On the other hand, if you get the sponge wet and then apply the moisturizer, the sponge will absorb both the water and the moisturizer into it, retaining the water longer.