If you're a skincare devotee you probably already have one or two go-to moisturizers. But if you're a no-frills girl who can't be bothered with a multi-step skincare routine, we’re here to make a case for moisturizers. Your moisturizer is supposed to hydrate the skin, but what does it really mean and why is it important? We list down five reasons why moisturizing is a must, not just for your face but also the rest of your body.
1. It keeps your skin supple
Water naturally evaporates into the atmosphere. That includes water in our skin. In order for our skin to maintain its elasticity, the water should either be replenished or retained. A moisturized skin looks supple and youthful. What's not to love?
iamClaire. Recommends: A good moisturizer like Cosrx Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion will help restore the moisture lost and will help hold the water in the skin for longer by acting as a temporary barrier.
2. It keeps skin from drying out
Once the skin loses its moisture, it starts looking dehydrated and is more susceptible to flaking and irritation. Incorporating a moisturizer in your skincare routine will prevent your skin from getting dry and flaky.
iamClaire. Recommends: Skin gets especially dry when it's cold. If you have naturally dry skin, consider switching to a richer formula like Missha Super Aqua Cell Renewal Snail Essential Moisturizer during cooler seasons or when travelling to colder climates.
3. It can prevent wrinkles
As we grow older, our skin’s moisture barrier naturally grows weaker and the renewal process of skin cells slows down. When you moisturize, you are helping strengthen and repair you skin's moisture barrier while aiding in the healthy turnover of skin cells. This means less wrinkles down the road.
iamClaire. Recommends: It’s never too early to start moisturizing! The Beauté Lab Forever Young Collagen and Elastin Cream is a great foray into anti-aging skincare.
4. It hydrates oily skin
Probably one of the most common misconceptions about oily skin is that you don't need to moisturize. Oily skin gets dehydrated too! When we skip the moisturizer, our skin produces more sebum to compensate for the dehydration it experiences so you’ll be doing your skin a huge favor by keeping it moisturized to begin with.
iamClaire. Recommends: If you have oily skin and don't want a greasy and overly rich moisturizers, we suggest looking for a lightweight formula that won’t clog your pores, like the Meishoku Rose Organic White Skin Conditioning Gel.
5. It will prep your skin for makeup
Have you ever tried skipping out on moisturizer before applying your makeup? You might have noticed that your foundation didn’t adhere as well or look as smooth as when you did moisturize your skin. Makeup also tends to cling to dry patches if your skin isn’t prepped properly. Just make sure to allow your skin to absorb the moisturizer before applying your base.
iamClaire. Recommends: Double-down on hydration by choosing a moisturizing primer like Missha Layer Blurring Primer Tone Control on top of your regular moisturizer.
Do you have a moisturizer in your skincare routine? Let us know in the comments!