Moisturizers are one of the most important aspects of daily skincare. It helps to protect the skin from dryness, which is a significant problem for many people. Moisturizers can also improve the overall appearance of the skin, improving superficial wrinkling and fine lines (temporarily), and restoring plumpness in the skin.
Who should use moisturizers?
- Almost everyone can benefit from moisturizers, but people with very oily skin have less need for them as their skin produces sufficient oil to protect their skin from dehydration
- People with dry skin
- Patients with chronic conditions that cause their skin to become dry in affected area (atopic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis)
Moisturizers should benefit everyone, but people with dry skin will enjoy the greatest benefits. Dry skin is extremely common, and can result in damaged and vulnerable skin. Excess drying can result in cracks and fissures in the skin, which can leave the skin vulnerable to irritation, and worse, infection. Additionally, many common chronic skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis cause or result in extremely dry patches of skin. Moisturizers are a necessary routine for these patients, and often the most important part of their treatment regimen.
When to moisturize
Moisturizers are designed to help the skin retain moisture, so it should be applied regularly, at least once a day. Regularity is much more important than applying moisturizers in large quantities. A good routine is to moisturize immediately after showering or bathing, before completely drying the body with a towel. Moisturizing when your body is slightly moist can help lock in moisture that is often lost from over-bathing.