Biology 101— the skin is the human body’s largest organ, and more than half of our body is made of water. What do these two facts have in common? Your skin helps to retain your body’s moisture, but you also lose a lot of your body’s water through the skin when you sweat. This means we have to help our skin by giving it as much moisture as possible! We’re here with all of the facts about why we should moisturize, and the most effective ways to do so.
How Does Skin Get Dry?
The very top layer of our skin is called the stratum corneum, and it’s a part of the top layer of our skin, called the epidermis. The stratum corneum is where moisture regulation occurs, so when skin becomes dry, it isn’t able to function properly.
When skin cells get dry, they shrink and become brittle, which makes them more prone to toxins, bacteria and other outside invaders that can affect skin health. The result is uncomfortable, tight-feeling, flaky skin that is much more prone to a variety of skin concerns — including shedding, premature aging, and acne.
Does Dry Skin Cause Aging?
While moisturized skin definitely looks healthier, smoother and younger, dry skin does not directly cause signs of aging. However, because dry skin is weaker and less protected, it is more prone to the processes and elements that do cause aging.
Wrinkles occur when our skin thins out and loses collagen, a protein that’s responsible for skin’s plumpness and elasticity. If skin is dry, it’s easily irritated and inflamed, which can affect collagen production and over time, can lead to sunken, wrinkled skin. Simply put, moisturizing is a vital part of your anti-aging efforts. It’s one of the simplest and easiest ways to promote plump, healthy skin.
What Are The Best Ways To Hydrate My Skin?
You shouldn’t have to choose between clean but dry skin and dirty but nourished skin. Look for cleansers that gently exfoliate with nourishing ingredients, like Allantoin, Green Tea Extract or Aloe. SLMD’s Salicylic Acid Cleanser contains exfoliants to clean the skin as well as Allantoin and Green Tea extract to keep it hydrated.
Choosing a moisturizer can be tricky, so keep your eye out for products that have “acne-prone skin” on the label to make sure it doesn’t occlude your skin (clog your pores), which can worsen any pre-existing acne. After you’ve washed your face in the morning, use the SLMD Dual Defender SPF 30. Its lightweight formula absorbs easily into the skin plus it’s a broad spectrum SPF, which protects skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays. After you wash your face in the evening, try SLMD’s Facial Moisturizer to replenish your skin’s natural nutrients. It also includes amino acids, which help stimulate the skin cells to hydrate and retain moisture as well as powerful antioxidants like Vitamins C and E, which brighten and improve skin tone and elasticity.
Should I Moisturize If I Have Oily Skin?
Though it may sound counterintuitive to add moisture to skin that is already oily and acne-prone, oily skin doesn’t mean your skin is hydrated. In fact, you can have a complexion that’s both oily and dry, and dry skin can actually make acne and breakouts much worse. "There is some belief out there that if you have oily skin, you don’t need to or even shouldn’t moisturize. This is NOT true - ALL skin types need moisturizer. However, if you have oily skin, you should be more selective about what moisturizer you’re using,” says Dr. Lee.
If you have oily skin, avoid occlusive products like Vaseline and opt for lightweight, oil-free moisturizers that will let your skin breather. Also make sure you’re utilizing water-rich topical products to hydrate your complexion on top of your usual moisturizer. SLMD's Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a great combination hydrator, made with Hyaluronic Acid and Squalane, two ideal ingredients to treat parched skin that also feels oily.
The best way to give your skin everything it needs is to build a skincare regimen that cleanses, moisturizes and protects your skin. SLMD’s Acne System does it all in 3 easy steps to take morning and night.