How Do Moisturizers Actually Work?

We know we need to drink water to keep our bodies hydrated and prevent water loss. Eating fruits and vegetables that contain a high amount of water such as strawberries, cantaloupe and watermelon are also wonderful ways to hydrate.

To truly keep moisture locked in our skin and repair dry skin, we have to pack a one, two punch. One is to make sure we are drinking plenty of water and food with high water content. The second one is to hydrate your skin with a moisturizer.

Your skin is made up of several layers (such as your skin barrier) that need tender love and care, even if you have oily skin. Our environment impacts our skin daily. Things like the sun, pollution in the air, age, and the organisms that come in contact with our skin, can all impact the skin's ability to maintain moisture by damaging the dermis and epidermis (outer layer of skin).

Making sure your skin is hydrated is key to preventing it from getting overly dry in the first place.

Think of your skin like a luxury vehicle. It looks amazing and drives like a dream but still needs preventative maintenance. A good moisturizer is the maintenance your skin requires to thrive.

What Makes a Great Moisturizer?

Not all products are made with high-quality ingredients. There are different types of moisturizers. Ideally, you should opt for a moisturizer that is cruelty-free and paraben-free with minimal preservatives. Throughout your daily activities, water tends to leave your skin, which results in dryness.

Emollients, occlusives, and humectants such as plant oils, help to keep your skin less dry and feeling smooth. A great moisturizer helps to create a protective layer to keep the water from leaving your skin, whether it’s in the form of creams, lotions, or ointments.  

Why Should You Hydrate Your Skin?

When your skin becomes dry, you accumulate dead skin cells and it can look rough and feel itchy. Keeping your skin hydrated helps keep your skin feeling its best. For a glow-up and polished look, keeping the moisture sealed on your skin can make your whole body look and feel like you have turned back the hands of time.

Bring the Moisture Back

For the biggest bang for your buck, you want to make sure you apply your moisturizer after you pat-down from bathing. Try not to bathe in extremely hot water; this can be drying to your skin. If you love to pamper yourself, adding a moisturizer to your skin is the ultimate form of pampering.

Finishing your daily routine with a quality moisturizer from Spongellé can help your skin feel supple and replenished. Did we mention most of our moisturizers contain hyaluronic acid, which is a moisturizing powerhouse?

Don’t forget that your entire body is covered by your precious skin. You should be moisturizing from your tippy toes all the way up to your neck. Even those with sensitive skin should be moisturizing.

The importance of taking care of your body is talked about daily. We routinely discuss things like staying hydrated with water, nourishing our body with healthy food, and moving your body. Your skin is your biggest barrier to the outside elements. It is just as important to promote healthy skin, too!

Sources:

How Do Moisturizers Work to Keep Your Skin Soft and Smooth | Business Insider

Hydrator vs. Moisturizer: Does It Matter for Your Skin?| Healthline

19 Water-Rich Foods That Help You Stay Hydrated | Healthline