Spotlight on Moisturizing Your Skin
from LaCrista News, Vol. 4, Issue 2
When do I need a moisturizer? What is a moisturizer's main purpose? What should I look for if my skin is dry and sensitive?
Your Skin's Own Moisturizing Agent
Our skin is naturally equipped with a lubricating component called the sebaceous glands. These glands are vitally important in the day-to-day upkeep of our skin. They produce a natural oil called sebum, which helps to keep skin soft and fresh by inhibiting the evaporation of moisture from the skin surface.
As we grow older, the sebaceous glands begin to slow the production of sebum, resulting in drying, flaking and irritation of the skin. At this point, it becomes necessary to help protect our skin from dehydration by applying a moisturizer.
Selecting the Right Moisturizer
To properly hydrate the skin, two things need to happen. First, you need to attract moisture to the area using a humectant. Second, you need to maintain the moisture with a protective barrier.
If skin is on the oily to normal side, a light, water-based lotion should do the trick. If skin is dry and flaky, you will need a more intense moisturizer such as a cream or oil.
Be sure to read the ingredients panel on the product label. Stay away from moisturizers and skin care products containing mineral oil and! or SD alcohols. Mineral oil is a by-product from the refining process of petroleum products such as gasoline. This ingredient has an artificial lubricating effect on the skin and actually robs the skin of Vitamin A, causing dryness with repeated use. Alcohol strips the skin of its natural oil and leaves theskin dry and chapped.
Moisturizers retail for as much as $50 per ounce, but how much you spend does not ensure getting a better quality moisturizer. Several test studies comparing inexpensive drug store moisturizers with expensive department store brands showed no difference in their effectiveness. They often contained the same basic ingredients.
Make the test for yourself and compare LaCrista Dewberry Lotion which retails for under $1 per ounce and contains no mineral oil or SD alcohols. It is reported by many to be the best moisturizer they ever used.
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