Why should I moisturize?

Being the daughter of a makeup artist (my mum did bridal makeup when I was still running around in diapers), I have always been surrounded by beauty products – colorful eyeshadows, creamy lipsticks and all sorts of creams and lotions. I was also a child performer for school shows and my mum did my makeup for me all the way until I was in around 12 years old. That was when she decided that she can’t be taking time off from work all the time just to doll me up for the stage. So she taught me the basics of putting on a pretty face and she couldn’t emphasize enough on the importance of the moisturizer.

“Remember – you apply it before you apply foundation and right after you wash your face. And just to be safe, you apply it before you sleep as well.”

There was also a technique to applying it – always go upwards towards your hairline. Never pull downwards or go round and round, or else your face will be crisscrossed with wrinkles.

That was one of the many beauty advice that I received from my mother, and until this day, I always try to remember to moisturize. Although, there were days when I was just too tired / too lazy / too drunk (?) to do so. Which I totally regretted the next morning, as my skin ends up feeling so dry, rough and tight, I was afraid that even the slightest movement would cause a crack on my face.

So, why moisturize? Why is it so important?
Does it really help to contribute to good skin?

First we have to understand how the moisturizer works. Our skin has natural oil – produced by tiny glands inside the hair follicle – which helps to sort of protect our skin from viruses and bacteria. It also collects dead skin cells and dirt (Ewwww…). When we wash our face, we are actually removing this layer of oil leaving our skin clean, but unprotected against the elements and irritants that causes premature aging. By applying moisturizer, we give our skin a new (and clean) layer of protection which also keeps it hydrate.

So now we know the importance of it. But what would happen if you decide to go without it and does it really helps maintain a healthy skin?

As we know, there are different types of skin – Dry, Oily, Normal & Combination – but today I will only touch on two.

Dry skin has sebum glands that are under-active, thus not being able to produce enough natural oils. Without the aid of moisturizer, the skin would become very dry and eventually will start flaking, itching and cracking making it red and very sore.

As for Oily skin, the sebum glands are over-active and produces more natural oil than needed which would lead to clogged pores and acne. Therefore it needs a stronger cleanser to remove the oil. But by doing so, the skin would go through periods of time unprotected with extreme dryness. That’s when moisturizer is needed.

So, there you go ladies, a little low-down on the importance of moisturizer. Until then, take care and remember to moisturize!


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