The skin is the human body’s largest organ — it’s what protects our internal organs, bones and muscles from harm and harsh environmental factors. Most importantly, more than half of our body is made of water, and the skin helps to retain all of that moisture. Therefore, it’s imperative that we do all we can to protect and nourish our skin. While our body works hard to replenish and recharge its outer layer, it’s still important that we take extra steps to ensure our skin remains hydrated.
Moisturizing our skin — the process of ensuring hydration is brought into the skin, and stays there — is vital to a healthy complexion.
The very top layer of our skin is called the stratum corneum, and it’s a part of the top layer of our skin, called the epidermis. The stratum corneum is where moisture regulation occurs, so when skin becomes dehydrated, it isn’t able to function properly.
When skin cells get dehydrated, they will shrink and become brittle, which makes them more prone to toxins, bacteria and other outside invaders that can affect skin health. The result is uncomfortable, tight-feeling, flaky skin that is much more prone to a variety of skin concerns — including shedding, premature aging, and acne.
Moisturizing & Acne
Though it may sound counterintuitive to add moisture to skin that is already oily and acne-prone, oily skin is different than dry skin. In fact, you can have a complexion that’s both oily and dry, and dry skin can actually make acne and breakouts much worse. This is because acne begins within our skin’s pores, and skin that’s well hydrated naturally loosens the sebum and oils that can clog pores. In addition, some acne breakouts can be naturally flaky and dry — moisturizing can help to prevent redness, irritation or further infection.
Acne targeting ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, retinol, and salicylic acid can dehydrate the skin, as these actives work to zap out bacteria and can inadvertently dry out the skin around them. Therefore, when you’re using these ingredients, it’s that much more important to moisturize.
Moisturizing & Aging
While moisturized skin definitely looks healthier, smoother and younger, dry skin does not directly cause signs of aging. However, because dehydrated skin is weaker and less protected, dry skin is more prone to the processes and elements that do cause aging.
Wrinkles occur when our skin thins out and loses collagen, a protein that’s responsible for skin’s plumpness and elasticity. If skin is dry it’s easily irritated and inflamed, which can affect collagen production. Over time, this can lead to sunken, wrinkled skin.
Simply put, moisturizing is a vital part of your anti-aging efforts. In fact, it’s one of the simplest and easiest ways to promote plump, healthy skin.
Incorporating A Moisturizer Into Your Routine
With both immediate and long term results, regularly using a facial moisturizer is imperative for all skin types. Any skincare routine (day or night) should have three steps: Cleanse, Treat, and Moisturize.
In the morning, after you’ve washed your face with the SLMD Acne Cleanser and treated skin with the daytime Acne Lotion, the SLMD Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 is a perfect third step. It’s a lightweight formula with all of the benefits of a regular moisturizer — plus broad spectrum SPF, which protects skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
In the evening, after a cleanse and the application of the Clarifying Treatment, the SLMD Facial Moisturizer is an ideal last step before bed. This hydrating moisturizer replenishes skin’s natural nutrients to improve texture and tone. It includes amino acids, which help stimulate the skin cells to hydrate and retain moisture. It also contains vitamins C and E, which brighten and improve skin tone and elasticity.