Skin Moisturizing

Every day skin loses some of its natural moisture. This process, called dehydration, is made worse by extreme temperatures, central heating and air conditioning. A moisturizer is probably the most important skin care product you can use, as it helps to slow down the normal dehydration process by creating a fine film on the skin's surface to prevent moisture from escaping. Moisturizers are what help to keep the skin smooth, soft and elastic, and gives it a fresh youthful look.

The majority of moisturizers are emulsions of oil and water. The oil in water moisturizers have a higher water content and are lighter and less heavy; these are good for use during the day when makeup will be applied over it, or for women with oily skin. The water in oil types consist of more oil than water, and are usually used at night when it is important to slow down the dehydration process or for women with very dry skin. As with all skin cae products, choose a moisturizer for your skin type. Ask the salesperson at the cosmetics counter to recommend the appropriate moisturizer.

A moisturizer should be applied after cleansing and toning. Don't apply it heavily, as only a light film is needed, and don't apply moisturizer around the eye area as it can cause the delicate skin in this area to retain fluid and become puffy. don't forget to use it on your neck and throat, which can become dry and dehydrated just like the skin on your face. Always wait a few minutes after applying moisturizer before putting on your makeup; this allows time for it to dry and form a smooth base for your foundation.

Personal Skin Care Plan

Moisturizer for Oily Skin - Use a light, water-based moisturizer once a day; twice a day in winter.

Moisturizer for Combination Skin - Use a light, hydrating formula twice a day.

Moisturizer for Dry Skin - Use a rich hydrating formula containing oil two or three times a day.

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