Skin is the body’s largest organ, and it requires regular care. Each day, skin encounters pollutants, sun, heat, and bacteria that may lead to long-term damage, especially when you skip out on topical skincare. Washing your face and body cleans excess oils and sebum, but many people skip a pertinent step in their AM and PM routines: moisturizing.
Ever notice how tight your face feels after you’ve showered or swam in saltwater or chlorine? That’s because your skin is completely stripped of the oils that keep natural movements comfortable. After your skin loses its oil barrier, it works twice as hard to replenish lost hydration. When you add moisturizer, you rehydrate your skin, which prevents post-cleansing tightness and discomfort.
Here are three side effects of not moisturizing that you don’t want to encounter:
1. Acne May Get Worse
Most people know that moisturizing is important, but many skip the heavy-duty lotions because they erroneously believe it can aggravate pimples and blackheads. While pesky bumps and inflammation are due to excess sebum, failing to moisturizer can prompt your skin to produce more natural oils, making acne worse in the long run. Skipping the moisturizer won’t help dry the pimples out – in fact, dryness makes acne worse. If you have oily, combination, or acne-prone skin, opt for an oil-free moisturizer with noncomedogenic properties for a light, fresh layer of hydration.
2. Skin Appears Dull and Flaky
When winter rolls around, skin is more prone to being flaky and dry due to the lack of humidity and moisture in the air. Alternatively, overexposure to sun and/or a sunburn in the summertime can lead to dry patches or peeling. Moisturizer is vital 365-days a year because all weather types have the potential to dry out your face, expediting the aging process dramatically.
3. Lines Become Prominent
Moisturizer is the key to preventing wrinkles. Your skin forces itself to stretch as you talk, eat, laugh, and drink. An added layer of moisture keeps skin from overstretching as you go about your day. Plus, moisturizer helps keep away inflammation. Ongoing inflammation can accelerate collagen breakdown and make your facial lines and wrinkles look worse.
Dr. Busso offers numerous moisturizer options for every skin type at his South Florida cosmetic dermatology office, including Bio Cream from NeoCurtis, Obagi’s Nu-Derm System, and ZO Skin Health products. To discuss implementing one of these creams into your skincare routine, schedule a consultation with us today.