Did you know that your skin changes as you age and that your simple twenty's moisturiser might be doing more harm than good?
We all know that moisturizing is necessary to achieve hydrated, glowing skin. But there is a ton of moisturizing advice being thrown around- and not all of it is good and in fact some of which can actually be harmful to your skin.
In this article, we will demystify the most common moisturizing myths, plus get recommendations for what you should be doing instead.
- Applying moisturizer on dry/flaky skin:
Typically a moisturizer is used to hydrate the skin, so applying it to dry skin is a common notion. However, this is a mistake. Dry and flaky skin typically has a lot of dead skin cells, which creates a barrier and ceases the moisturizer to go through.
What to do instead?
For deep moisturization, it is necessary to exfoliate first. You can try a gentle exfoliator with lemon juice and yogurt. Leave it on for a few minutes then rinse. After which you can apply your moisturizer.
In fact, it's best to exfoliate before a shower and then moisturize immediately, before the skin dries completely. This trick helps to lock in moisture for a longer period.
- Applying moisturizer daily can make the skin lose its ability to stay hydrated on its own:
This is completely false. Skin cannot become addicted to moisturizer and lose its ability to stay hydrated on its own. Just like your body, your skin needs help to stay hydrated, that comes in the form of moisturizer.
As we grow older our skin loses the ability to stay naturally hydrated, this can happen due to age or other environmental factors like sun damage. Climate conditions can also have an adverse effect on the skin.
Lastly, skin can also become dry due to the usage of bad skin care products like abrasive scrubs and chemical cleansers. In such cases, the best way to repair damaged skin is to use products which are natural and free from parabens and harsh chemicals. Our active botanical facewash is enriched with aloe vera and marigold extracts which leave the skin soft and hydrated. Also, the presence of rosemary oil helps to soothe the skin and leaves it looking youthful and refreshed.
- Different body parts need different moisturizers:
This varies upon the skin type and condition. For example, You may face skin might be oily but the skin on your legs is dry, then using two moisturizers is an apt choice. Usually, light-based lotions and gels are considered appropriate for facial hydration and rich body cream will provide the nourishment the body needs.
Overall, the routine application of a moisturizer rich in anti-oxidants and omega-fatty acids all over the body will keep the skin healthy, hydrated and resilient to damage.
- People with oily and acne prone skin shouldn’t use moisturizers as they will only aggravate the problem:
Many people deem an oily sheen as overhydration. When in fact your skin may start to produce more oil when you apply a harsh cleanser and do little to no moisturizing.
Moisturizers specifically designed for oily skin should contain oil balancing actives, and they help to matt the oily sheen as well as control the amount of greasiness produced by the skin. Not taking proper care of oily skin can make it more sensitive and prone to damage.
- No moisturizers should be applied during night time:
This is just another false myth! Day creams and moisturizers help to protect the skin from environmental stressors. Night creams and serums, on the other hand, work towards repair and regeneration. So it's important to make time before bed and pamper your skin with anti-oxidant rich cream or serum.
You can use our Eternal Youth Rejuvenating Serum, which is loaded with skin loving lipids and nutrients (vitamins E, C and B). All these nutrients are essential to achieving a flawless and ageless appearance.
- Moisturising once a day is enough:
As discussed earlier, just like your body, your skin needs help to stay hydrated and moisturization can be done up to 8 times a day. So if you suffer from dry and dehydrated skin moisturizing is key. Additionally, with the particulate pollutants settling on your skin during the day, it's always good to cleanse your face once in a few hours and definitely before you go to bed.
- Rubbing your moisturizer vigorously:
If you rub in your moisturizer too vigorously to have it vanish- you won’t experience its benefits.
Rubbing harshly creates friction between the hands the skin which may not be desirable. Also, pulling and tugging on the skin can lead to premature aging and wrinkles.
What to do instead?
Gently apply the moisturizer in an upward circular motion and this will help it to absorb into the skin. Also, when applying under and around the eye area - use the ends of the weaker ring and pinkie fingers. In fact, what’s more, effective is to leave a light layer of moisturizer on the skin and leave it to absorb for a much natural sheen.
Have you been stuck on the same product for decades?
Your skin changes as it ages, so you will require something different at every age. You can’t stick to the same moisturizer and expect it to give you the same results as you age. Similarly, if you move to a new place with a different climate, your skin’s moisture requirement will vary. In addition, your diet and body hormones will also have an impact on your skin. So make sure to be aware and choose the right product to get rid of dry, dull and flaky skin.
SO, WHAT’S THE IDEAL MOISTURIZER?
An ideal moisturizer must have these 5 core ingredients to keep the skin nourished and lustrous:
- Natural plant based oils: Daughter Earth’s Eternal Youth Phytonutrient moisturizer is loaded with pomegranate and carrot seed oil extracts which are great rejuvenation boosters.
- Hydrating sugars: The Noni Fruit contains hydrating sugars which help to lighten the skin and prevent premature aging.
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