Skin care has come a very long way. Even in just the last decade we have seen remarkable strides in the arena of skin care and especially in moisturizers.
Todays moisturizers serve multiple purposes.
- To repair the skin’s ability to provide effective barrier against outside pollutants, toxins, bacteria, viruses, fungi and to prevent the essential components of our skin and tissues from escaping our bodies.
- To increase the water content of the skin in both dermis and epidermis.
- To reduce skin vulnerability against trans-epidermal (through the skin) water loss.
- To rebalance the skin’s composition of lipids (fats) both inside and outside the skin cells.
- To deliver nutrients and regulatory substances to the viable portion of the dermis and epidermis.
Most moisturizers consist of at least one of these ingredients.
Emollients – improve the visual aspect of the skin by sealing the tiny splits between the components of stratum
Occlusive Agents – block trans-epidermal water loss. Because of the powerful occlusive properties, these agents have to be used carefully on the face as acne related to the use of cosmetics can result.
Humectants – are designed to attract water either from the environment or from the underlying dermis to the epidermis.
Additional additives designed to add extra benefits to the traditional functions of the moisturizers.
If you are holding out on utilizing a good moisturizer then I would strongly suggest you stop waiting. If you are unsure of what moisturizers to utilizie please feel free to contact our office to schedule a free consultation.