As we age, our skin starts to develop wrinkles, it lacks that distinctive “youthful glow” and the skin texture also changes. In order to delay the early signs of skin aging, it’s important to moisturize the skin day and night. Moisturizing the skin helps nourish the deeper layers of the epidermis, maintain its elasticity and achieve a youthful-looking appearance. Some moisturizers also help minimize crow’s feet, laugh lines and wrinkles on the forehead.
While some women slap on moisturizers without putting much thought on the product they choose, it’s also essential to look deeper into the kind of product we add to our beauty regimen. Some products contain harsh chemicals, carcinogens and even GMOs, which could cause adverse effects on the skin.
There may be hundreds, if not, thousands, of articles written about skin moisturizers but there are also a lot of misinformation going around the subject too. After the jump, we will bust the five most common myths about facial moisturizer and how you can maximize its benefits.
Myth 1: The Skin Tends Become Too Depend On Moisturizer
This is not true. While the skin may feel tight or extra parched when you forgot to apply moisturizer, this does not mean the skin has become too dependent on moisturizer for hydration. Some people also believe that without using moisturizers like they usually do, eczema or itchy skin may develop. This is again false.
Stopping applying moisturizers won’t increase the likelihood of a flare up. However, if your skin is dry, a facial moisturizer applied two times per day is a must.
Myth 2: You Don’t Need Different Moisturizers For Other Parts of The Body
While yes, most facial moisturizers can be used to other parts of the body, you cannot use body moisturizers or body lotion to hydrate your face. Why? Because body moisturizers tend to contain heavier ingredients which when used on the face, could cause break outs or full-blown acne. The facial skin is thinner, more sensitive than say, the skin on your arms or thighs.
Certain parts of the face also require different types of products like say, the eye area. The skin around the eyes is where the skin is at thinnest. Our age shows first on the face, specifically in skin around the eye area that’s why it’s important that we nourish our skin well otherwise, crow’s feet may develop around the eyes. You can also boost the performance of your moisturizer by using face serum before application.
Myth 3: All Moisturizers Work The Same Way
While yes, all moisturizers work the same, they all boost moisture in the skin. However, because the ingredients differ from one product to another, they do not work the same way.
Some moisturizers contain humectants like lactic acid and glycerin to lock in moisture in the skin, others depend on emollients like fatty acids and ceramides to soften and soothe parched skin. Certain moisturizers contain occlusive or barrier creams like lanolin, petrolatum, or dimethicone that leaves a thin veil of moisture at the surface of the skin.
Because of the differences in the ingredients, the moisturizers also feel different. Those that contain occlusive are often heavier and sits on top of the skin for longer. When shopping for moisturizers, we recommend choosing gel-type moisturizers that are oil-free or non-comedogenic if you have oily or acne-prone skin and for dry skin, creams that are enriched with more moisture-boosting ingredients are the best choice.
Myth 4: All Natural Ingredients Means Less Allergic Reaction
This is not true. Just because a product is made from 100% natural ingredient does not automatically mean it’ll suit your skin perfectly. Our skin reacts differently from certain moisturizers and this is regardless whether the ingredient is made from natural extract or not. Some people may be allergic to a fruit extract; others may be allergic to the humectants used.
So in order to avoid adverse reaction, you need to get to know your skin type, what you are sensitive to, and what you are allergic to. Ideally, you need to consult with your dermatologist in order to determine which type of moisturizers is best for your skin type.
Myth 5: Using Moisturizers With SPF Means You Don’t Need Any Other Protection
This is where reading the fine print pays. Don’t be too sold on skin moisturizers that boast of sunscreen or SPF. And don’t depend too much on SPF-enriched moisturizers for sun protection too. If you can, look for moisturizers with at least SPF of 30. When it comes to SPF, the higher the better.
Make sure the SPF is a broad-spectrum sunscreen. If your moisturizer offer at least SPF 30 and is formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen, then you don’t need to add a separate SPF lotion on top of it. We recommend buying sunscreen that moisturizes rather than depend too much on moisturizers with some sunscreen added in.