Like most living things, skin needs hydration to survive. And, as the human body’s largest organ that protects us from external factors, it is imperative that we do all that we can to protect and nourish our skin. While the body itself does work hard to replenish and recharge skin composition, it is still necessary for us to take extra steps to keep skin hydrated.
Proper moisturizing is vital to a healthy complexion as dehydrated skin cells will shrink and become brittle and thus, more prone to invasion of toxins, bacteria and other visitors that can affect skin health. This dehydration is caused when the stratum corneum, or the outer-most layer of the skin’s top layer called the epidermis, is compromised. The stratum corneum is where moisture regulation happens (along with other activities to protect the skin). And, when skin becomes dehydrated, the stratum corneum is not able to function properly and the result is uncomfortable skin that is much more prone to a variety of skin concerns such as acne, premature aging, and of course, dry/irritated skin.
Moisturizing and Acne:
Though it may sound counterproductive to add moisture to skin that is already oily and acne-prone, dry skin can actually make acne and breakouts much worse. The reason for this is because acne begins in the skin’s pores, and well-hydrated skin helps to loosen the sebum and oils that can clog these pores. Plus, some acne breakouts can be flaky and dry – moisturizing can help to prevent redness, irritation or further infection.
Moisturizing and Aging:
While moisturized skin definitely looks healthier, smoother and younger, it is important to note that dry skin does not directly causes aging effects. However, because the skin is weaker and less protected when it is not hydrated, dry skin is definitely more prone to processes and elements that can cause aging. Wrinkles happen when skin thins out and loses a protein called collagen that is responsible for providing skin plumpness and elasticity. Thus, if skin is dry it is easily irritated and inflamed, two conditions that can have serious effects on the skin. Specifically, this can affect collagen productivity ultimately leading to sunken, wrinkled skin. So, simply put, moisturizer is a vital part of your anti-aging efforts and one of the simplest and easiest ways to promote your best, healthiest skin.
Moisturizing and Protection:
There are many very effective ingredients in skincare products to combat and prevent common conditions and concerns. However, though they are powerful, ingredients such as retinol, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid can be drying and irritating to the skin if they are not used in conjunction with a moisturizer. Often times people will think that their targeted skincare product is not working (or is even making skin look/feel worse), when really the side effects are due to a lack of moisture in the skin. Most skin treatments, serums and solutions should be followed by a moisturizer.
With both immediate and long term results, moisturizer is important for all skin types and an imperative part of any skincare routine. Immediately, moisturizing can help to repair the skin to help it feel instantly smoother, healthier and more hydrated. And, in the long run, proper moisturizing is a preventative measure that keeps skin performing its very best to protect, repair, and regenerate the skin – three essential parts to prevent and treat all skin concerns, including acne and premature aging.
The SLMD Facial Moisturizer is a hydrating moisturizer that replenishes skin’s natural nutrients to improve skin texture and tone. It includes amino acids to help stimulate the skin cells to hydrate and retain moisture, Vitamin C and E to brighten and improve skin tone and skin elasticity, and ProVitamin B5 and Allantoin to further hydrate and protect against UV damage.
The SLMD Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 is a lightweight formula with all of the benefits of a regular moisturizer plus the benefits of broad spectrum SPF 15 for protection against harmful UVA/UVB rays.