Battling skin damage

In the fight against skin woes, keeping your skin well-moisturised is half the battle won.

woman using facial cleanser

Convenient as it may seem, a casual approach to dealing with skin problems is never the best way to go. Using ordinary soaps to wash your face or not hydrating your skin before you head outdoors are some of the most common mistakes that we make, which result in dull, lifeless skin. We chat with our expert on the benefits that moisturising can have and how it can transform dull skin into healthy and glowing skin.

What does 'moisturising' mean?

It may be the last step of the skincare routine, but moisturising is also the most essential. After thoroughly cleansing and toning the skin, reaching out for that bottle of moisturiser is a must for all. Well-moisturised skin looks healthy and smooth. A moisturiser acts like a protective agent that prevents harmful environmental pollution from damaging the skin. It battles and repairs the wear-and-tear that the skin goes throughout during the day.

Moisturising is for all

Unlike the popular belief, a moisturiser can be of help for oily skin type too. Since women with an oily T-zone tend to wash their face more often, a light moisturiser can bring in the moisture without adding to the grease. Moisturising on a daily basis helps in avoiding water loss from the skin and in restoring its natural texture and balance.

What makes my skin dry?

Using harsh soaps and face washes to wash your face, is one of the most common causes of skin damage. Most of these products are infused with soapy-elements that are not suitable for facial skin. They lather well, but do little cleansing. In the long run, these sap the natural oils that the skin produces and dries out the skin.

Inadequate quantity of water can also lead to dry skin. The water we drink does not only quench our thirst, but also hydrates the skin from within. To ensure you get your fill, drink at least eight glasses of water per day so that the body remains hydrated. Lastly, insufficient moisturising can also be a reason for dreary skin. Choose a moisturiser specifically meant for your skin type, because a wrong product could lead to more serious skin problems.

What are the types of moisturisers?

There are generally two types of moisturisers that one can choose from - oil-based and water-based. The rule of picking them varies depending on your skin type. An oil-based moisturiser, as the name would suggest, contains more oil. It is best suited for a dry and damaged skin type, since it helps in restoring the skin’s water and oil balance.

If you have an oily or combination skin, an oil-based moisturiser is best avoided. Instead, pick something that is water-based - it is light-weight and easy on the skin. Water-based moisturisers are absorbed quickly and don’t leave any traces of grease on the skin.

You could also look out for skincare products that come enriched with ingredients such as cream, milk, peaches, honey, aloe vera, since they have hydrating properties. Another option is to opt for soaps that come with an in-built moisturising system as it helps battle daily dryness.

What is the best way to moisturise my skin?

Here are some tips on how to apply moisturiser:

  • Moisturiser should be applied to damp skin immediately after cleansing. This helps in balancing the lost natural oils from the body.
  • Moisturise each time you cleanse and tone.
  • Don't apply too much moisturiser. Stick to what the brand recommends. Too much can lead to clogged pores and blackheads.
  • Always apply your moisturiser by upward hand movements. It lasts longer that way.
  • Concentrate on areas that need more moisture. Under the eyes, corners of the mouth, lips and cheeks are such areas.
  • For a moisturiser to really work, exfoliate your skin regularly. This helps get rid of the dead skin cell build-up.
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