Everyone should moisturize, that’s a given, but not every moisturizing regimen or moisturizing face products are created equal. In fact, which moisturizer you use–and how often–depends on your skin type, or whether you have sensitive, normal, dry, oily, or combination skin.
How Does Skin Get Moisturized?
The skin has three different layers: the outer layer (epidermis), ...middle layer (dermis), and lower layer (hypodermis or fatty layer). Moisture is delivered to the skin via blood vessels, but they only supply moisture to the middle layer of the skin – the dermis. Then, the water travels upward and outward through the epidermis before evaporating into the atmosphere.
This evaporation causes skin to crack and flake. This process happens constantly, but the skin isn't always dry. That's because the dryer the air the more moisture it will pull from your skin. Best universal accepted practice: moisturize your face twice daily – every morning and every night – to ensure that the moisture content of your skin remains constant throughout the entire 24-hour period.
By definition, moisturizers, also known, as emollients are creams used to prevent dryness in the skin. Moisturizers work in one of two ways: they either trap moisture in your skin to keep it from escaping or they restore moisture in the outer layer of skin that’s already been lost.
What Category Does Your Skin Fall Under?
We break down a few easy ways to get to know your skin type better:
NORMAL: Rarely suffers from complications, usually clear and not sensitive to product use. Oil production is balanced – neither too much or nor too little.
OILY: On average, this skin type is greasy and/or shiny due to excess oil production. Individuals with oily skin are more often prone to breakouts.
SENSITIVE: Has a tendency to sting, burn or experience redness after using certain skincare products. Naturally sensitive skin tends to be thinner and may be fair-complected.
DRY: Is prone to itching, flaking or having rough patches because the skin isn’t producing enough oil.
COMBINATION: A combination of dry and oily skins. Some areas of the skin may be dry, while others may be oily. Commonly the T-zone area is oily, while the cheeks and oval of the face are dry.
Once you know your skin type, the right moisturizer will transform your skin and keep it silky-smooth, hydrated, balanced and most importantly - protected.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about moisturizers, when to apply them, and how to choose the best facial moisturizer product for you.
Benefits Of Moisturizing Face
Moisturizing is essential to keeping your skin looking and feeling hydrated. The right moisturizer both adds strength to your skin’s protective barrier and improves its elasticity by promoting collagen creation. Collagen is the major protein in your skin, keeping your collagen levels high is essential to any successful skincare regimen.
What Are The Top 5 Benefits Of Using Moisturizers?
1) Prevents dryness. Environmental factors can siphon the moisture out of your skin: cold weather, hot weather, air conditioning or indoor heat - all culprits of dry skin.
2) Slow the signs of aging
3) Provides sun protection
4) Soothes sensitive skin
5) Reduces skin problems
Simple daily routines, such as bathing and towel drying may remove moisture from the skin. Bathing provides the skin with moisture temporarily, but also removes the skin’s oily lipid layer, and over time, causes more moisture loss than gain. The wrong type of moisturizer can have the same effect. Generally, water-based lotions are easily to apply, but oil-based creams are more effective in trapping moisture.
Moisturizing For Every Skin Type
Normal skin types usually have flawless complexions, although they do suffer from the occasional bouts of dryness, some oiliness or exhibit signs of combination skin. Finding a moisturizing routine is all about using what works best for you. To get you started, we've rounded up our favorite moisturizing products that will not only keep your skin healthy, but also revitalize it. Try PAMPLEMOUSSE PNG , our lightweight pore minimizing cream that nourishes and mattifies your complexion to preserve your skin’s density. Discover our anti-wrinkle hydrating fluid ALPHA FLUID– regenerates and defends the skin from the stressors that prematurely age it, non-greasy and full of antioxidants.
Best Moisturizers For Oily Skin
While it might seem counterintuitive to slather a hydrating moisturizer on already-oily skin, every skin type needs to moisturize. In fact, dermatologists believe that the excess oil production that occurs in people with oily skin might actually be their skin’s way of overcompensating for a lack of moisture. Specifically, if you have an oily skin type, your skin might be producing oil because it thinks it’s too dry or under-hydrated, so using a moisturizer can actually restore balance to your oil production. Discover our CREME 15. This triple-complex natural face cream, for oily skin, is formulated to treat impurities without drying or and aggravating skin. At night, use our multi-beneficial purifying nighttime cream PHYTO 58 PNG to soothe the face and help erase visible signs of aging.
Best Moisturizer For Dry Skin
Moisturizing for dry skin is all about hydration, so you'll want to make sure any moisturizer you use has a few key ingredients to hydrate and restore your skin’s wellbeing. The most important of these is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant found naturally found in our skin, making it compatible with our bodies (eyes and connective tissues as well) and is a great hydrator for all skin types. Searching for a moisturizer for dry skin shouldn’t be complicated. Most skincare experts assert that moisturizers suited for dry skin ideally should contain a mixture of emollients (like ceramides), which repair your skin barrier and other humectants like glycerin, which draw and seal moisture into the skin. Yon-Ka Paris recommends our best moisturizing cream NUTRI DEFENSE CREME for dry skin to repair and restore its health and vibrancy. For mature skin, we suggest EXCELLENCE CODE CREME , our exquisite anti-aging cream designed with three proprietary Yon-Ka botanical complexes that fortify the moisture barrier, and effectively firm skin for a beautiful youthful radiant complexion.
Best Face Moisturizer For Combination Skin
Combination skin types need a balancing moisturizer that will hydrate your dry skin areas without increasing oil production in your oily areas. As such, you'll want to look for an oil-free or water-based moisturizer to keep your skin supple yet shine-free. Our signature moisturizer for combination skin BOOSTER LIFT+. With just two pumps to your moisturizer, this high-performance water-based serum provides a visibly lifted and toned effect to the complexion.
Best Face Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin
When skin lacks moisture it looks dull, feels dry and is unable to work effectively as a barrier, protecting our bodies from external irritants. It becomes sensitive as a result. Sensitive skin may react to products that are too harsh or strong and environmental factors. Inflammation can be a common occurrence, and is visible when the skin’s outer barrier layer is damaged due to lack of hydration, overexposure to the sun, or contact with irritants. If you're not sure what ingredients you're sensitive to, steer clear from harsh chemicals or ingredients like formaldehyde, retinol, parabens, and fragrances, as these can aggravate your skin. Yonk-Paris complete face and body skincare line is paraben-free. To quell sensitivity, uncomfortable skin itchiness and flakiness, we recommend using our superbly comforting fragrance-free moisturizing cream SENSITIVE CREME for an ultimate calming relief. The Sensibiotic complex of prebiotics and probiotics helps rebalance the delicate microflora in the skin surface microbiome. To treat redness, rosacea and other reactive skin conditions, try SENSITIVE CREME ANTI-RED Fragrance-Free Redness Corrector . Composed of 98% ingredients of natural origin, this fragrance-free cream prevents the onset of reactivity for all-day, lasting comfort with color-correcting mineral pigments. These anti-redness properties help to instantly tone down redness and unify the complexion.
How To Moisturize Face Overnight
Throughout the course of the day, numerous variables can strip the moisture from your skin. Whether it's the climate, pollution or products you use, your skin can wind up feeling parched by bedtime. That's why the evening is the ideal time to boost your skin's hydration. If you want to moisturize your skin overnight, it takes the right products and habits to make sure that you get hit with a mega dose of hydration while you're catching your Zzzs.
1) To properly moisturize your skin overnight, first choose a gentle cleanser, free of artificial dyes, harsh chemicals and fragrances such as our LAIT NETTOYANT with purifying plant-based ingredients, velvety soft formula removes eye and face makeup, leaving your skin feeling soft and refreshed. Perfect for all skin types, and especially effective on dehydrated, dry, and mature skin.
2) Choose a moisturizing face cream chock full of intensely hydrating ingredients to ensure your skin is replete with plenty of moisture. Check out ELASTINE NUIT , our luxurious anti-wrinkle night cream infused with plumping peptides, antioxidant vitamins, and supremely nourishing amino acids and plant oils, ready to soothe the look of wrinkles and support skin’s age defenses while you slumber.
3) Go Natural: Your sleep environment plays a huge role in your skin’s condition. The sheets and pajamas you wear can prevent your skin from drying out. Natural fibers such as cotton and silks allow your skin to breathe and help prevent irritation. Silk sheets also help prevent wrinkles, because the smooth surface is less likely to cause creases in your skin, unlike other fabrics.
Can You Over Moisturize?
Absolutely. Over-moisturizing Is Real.
Signs Of Over Moisturizing Face
Using products that are too occlusive - moisturizing ingredients that create a physical barrier on the skin to prevent transepidermal water loss and lock in hydration such as petroleum jelly, mineral oils, silicon, waxes and lanolin lead to clogged pores, blackheads, and excess oil production. Most dermatologists suggest that if we provide too much moisture by over-moisturizing the face may gradually stop producing as much oil. When your face stops producing oils your skin can get severely dry. Overdoing it will send a message to your skin that it has enough hydration, protein, and lipids, consequently slowing down the production of these vital nutrients.
Yon-Ka Paris Tips: Maintain Your Skin’s Moisture And Natural Glow
1) Drink more water – the moisture your skin receives also comes from your body. Drink at least 8 cups of water a day.
2) Avoid hot showers. Shower with warm water for a shorter period of time – you’ll see the difference in your skin instantly.
3) Use mild soaps, shampoos, and detergents that are alcohol and paraben-free. Alcohol strips natural oils from the skin.
4) Use a humidifier – a humidifier can provided added moisture to the air.
5) Apply hand cream after washing hands – hands show the effects of a dry environment more than any other part of the body.
At Yon-Ka Paris, we’ve perfected a variety formulas under the supervision of dermatologists and continue to perform rigorous clinical studies to treat common skin conditions afflicting the face and body with a complete range of professional and consumer-friendly products ideal for dry, sensitive skin, combination and oily skin. French-made and family owned luxury professional skincare since 1954 providing a comprehensive sensory experience and complete efficacy with our products and treatments. Yon-Ka Paris aims to become the leading professional-grade skincare and eco-friendly brand to revitalize the mind and body for every person who experiences our phyto-aromatic skincare products.
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