One of the most commonly used skincare products by women is their facial moisturizer. And when it comes to correcting dry skin, facial moisturizers are truly essential. That’s because dry skin is caused by a relative insufficiency of water in the skin and moisturizers add water to your skin… sooooooo they help restore your normal water and oil balance.
But new advances in cosmeceutical ingredients have made moisturizers even more important than just creams or lotions that help hydrate dry thirsty skin. Moisturizers now can even improve the appearance of your skin by improving its texture and by reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Moisturizers do this in two different ways.
First, by coating the surface of your skin with emolient and humectant ingredients, moisturizers hydrate rough and irregular dulling dead cells on the surface of your skin which helps your skin reflect light better. Increased reflectance of light makes your skin appear brighter and more radiant, and even lustrous!
And second and of equal importance, today’s moisturizers can infuse water into the epidermis. That causes a safe, slight plumping or swelling of your skin which helps cause enough subtle epidermal swelling to temporarily fill out fine lines making your skin appear even smoother, younger and even more lustrous.
Of course, after a few hours, this cinderella effect wears off as your moisturizer either dissipates or is removed the next time you wash your face. But the next time your friend sees your moisturizer and says “Oh… that’s just a moisturizer”, just smile and reapply it!