Why is Skin Hydration So Important? The Right Moisturizing Tips for a Healthy and Radiant Skin
WHY IS SKIN MOISTURIZING SO IMPORTANT?
Moisturizing the skin is vital for keeping it healthy and looking vibrant. Your skin may be dry for many reasons or you may have congenitally dry skin. If you want your skin to shine healthily and look young and fresh, you should moisturize your skin as much as it needs with the right moisturizer .
WHAT IS SKIN MOISTURIZING?
Applied to the upper layer of the skin with appropriate skin care products; It is the name given to the process of preventing the moisture in our skin from escaping and at the same time giving moisture to the skin with products with special ingredients.
WHY DOES SKIN NEED MOISTURIZING?
The outermost layer of the skin (stratum corneum) is a thin but strong covering that separates us from the outside world. For various reasons, the stratum corneum dries up and cannot hold its moisture. Moisture evaporates from the outermost layer of the skin and leaves the skin. This is called trans epidermal water loss (TEWL).
Causes that cause our skin to dry and increase trans epidermal water loss:
- Climatic conditions: Very cold and dry air, as well as excessive heat and exposure to the sun cause our skin to lose its moisture.
- Unsuitable skin care products: Extremely harsh and drying cleansers and masks can dry out the skin. In addition, the use of only natural oil instead of just a moisturizer can leave the skin without moisture.
- Taking long and hot baths: Hot water evaporates the moisture in the skin and causes the skin to become dehydrated.
- Space heaters: Heating and air conditioners also cause moisture loss from our skin, causing dryness.
WHAT HAPPENS IF SKIN IS NOT MOISTURIZED?
If the skin is not moisturized with a suitable moisturizer, aesthetic problems begin to appear first. These:
- Crack-like clefts on the skin,
- Color tone inequalities,
- Matte and lifeless appearance
- excessive lubrication,
- Early signs of aging (fine lines, wrinkles, sagging)
Despite these signs, medical conditions such as cracks turning into skin wounds, xerosis, eczema and psoriasis may occur after a while on the skin that is not adequately moisturized.
HOW TO MAKE IDEAL AND CORRECT SKIN MOISTURIZATION?
The most ideal choice for moisturizing the skin is emulsion type (water-based) creams. Water-based creams contain two phases containing both water and oil, and many active ingredients with moisturizing effects. An ideal moisturizer must have the following four groups of ingredients.
- Pure Water (Aqua): Emulsion type cream is formed by combining oil and water with the help of an emulsifier to form a kind of droplet. Our skin is normally waterproof, when you create invisible droplets with oil to deliver water to the skin, the skin can only benefit from water in this way.
- Emollients: They soften the top layer of the skin and help water to penetrate. Natural oils, ceramides and fatty acids can be given as examples of the softener group.
- Occlusives: By forming a thin film layer on the skin, they prevent the escape of water from the skin surface to the external environment (trans epidermal water loss). Occlusives (occlusives) virtually seal the existing moisture into the skin. Examples of the occlusive group are mineral oils, paraffin, dimethicone, lanolin, shea, cocoa, mango, palm oils, beeswax.
- Humectants: They attract moisture from the environment to themselves and enable the skin to benefit from moisture more efficiently. They give fullness and vitality to the outer layer of the skin. Examples of the desiccant group are glycerin, aloe vera gel, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), hyaluronic acid, panthenol (Vitamin B5), and urea.
These four groups must be included in every product with a skin moisturizing function. Moisturizing your skin effectively is only possible with the combination of these four groups in the appropriate ratio and quality.
IS EFFECTIVE SKIN MOISTURIZING POSSIBLE WITH NATURAL MOISTURIZING CREAM?
There is no difference in the moisturizing performance of natural moisturizing creams compared to more affordable chemical-containing creams. Natural moisturizing creams are more beneficial for your skin in the long and short term due to their reparative effects on the skin barrier. Natural moisturizing creams contain natural oils, flower waters and essential oils. Chemical-containing, market creams are produced with ingredients that do not offer any benefit to the skin, such as cheap mineral oils, paraffin, petroleum jelly, silicone, polymer, artificial fragrances and colorants. The oils, flower waters and essential oils in natural moisturizing creams provide hydration by repairing the skin barrier with their antioxidant and restorative effects. With natural moisturizing creams , your skin is both moisturized and nourished.
IS SKIN MOISTURIZING POSSIBLE WITH NATURAL OILS?
It is unfortunately not possible to ideally moisturize the skin by simply applying natural oil to your skin. Unfortunately, all four of the four ingredient groups described above that should be in ideal skin hydration are not found in natural oils. Natural oils have emollient properties and natural solid oils have occlusive properties. Since they do not contain pure water and humectants, it is impossible to achieve an ideal moisturizing performance by applying only natural oil to your skin. You can use natural oils in nourishing skin serums or as an extra moisture sealant over a moisturizer. To moisturize your skin, you must use an emulsion type (water-based) cream.
WHEN SHOULD SKIN MOISTURIZING BE DONE?
Skin moistening should be done immediately when you feel tightness, dryness, itching, and hardening on the upper surface of the skin. Don't limit yourself to numbers like one or two a day. Listen to your skin and keep it hydrated and soft when it needs it. Also, moisturize your skin after bathing, showering, shaving and peeling.
IS JUST MOISTURIZING CREAM ENOUGH FOR SKIN MOISTURIZING?
Moisturizing creams make a great contribution to the hydration of your skin, but with your positive living habits, you can guarantee a moist, vibrant and supple skin.
- Do not reduce your daily water consumption below two liters: As long as your skin can retain water, drinking water will definitely keep your skin more moist.
- Cleanse your skin with gentle cleansers: Keeping the skin moist is a holistic process. Harsh, detergent-based cleaners also dissolve the natural oil (sebum) that prevents the skin from losing water, and remove it from the environment and dry the skin. If you start skin care by drying it with detergent-based gels or foams while cleaning the skin, it will be more difficult to moisturize.
- Use sunscreen in all four seasons: Sun rays are the biggest external factor that both dries and ages the skin. Sunscreen is the key to the youth and vitality of your skin.
- Stop using excessively hot water: Using excessively hot water while washing your face or taking a bath causes your skin to dry out faster.
- After washing your face, do not dry it by wiping: Instead of wiping while drying your skin, dry it by touching the towel to your face with light movements.
- Peeling or exfoliation once a week: Peeling or exfoliation is a method of getting rid of dead cells on the skin. If you gently remove dead cells once a week with a method suitable for your skin type, your moisturizer will be absorbed by your skin in the most efficient way and perform well.
- Consider using a humidifier: Balancing the air that dries with the heating system in your home, especially in winter, with ambient humidifiers will contribute to the moistening of your skin.
HYDRATE, hydrate, hydrate!
Skin moisturizing is a very important process for the health of your skin and its preparation for advancing ages. Do not neglect daily moisturizing to make your skin look more supple, radiant, young and fresh. When you forget or neglect to moisturize your skin, you can be motivated by bringing a raisin and a fresh grape before your eyes 😊
Wishing you to always stay like a fresh grape with the right moisturizer…
On behalf of the Evolvy team
Pharmacist Evrim Damar Guest