Are Moisturizers Effective to Your Skin?

by: Junji Takano

There are uncountable numbers of moisturizers (cosmetics) on the market. It can soften and soothe the skin on your face, body and hands, while also protecting it from the sun and camouflaging its imperfections.

Moisturizers are divided into four categories—facial moisturizers, lip balms, body lotions, and hand creams. Their main function is to keep skin moist, minimize wrinkles from dryness, smooth and soften skin, and to deliver other ingredients, like sunscreen, that benefit the skin.

Facial Moisturizers

Facial moisturizers are designed for use in the morning, following cleansing. However, it needs precautions because of acne and allergic reaction. Most of them are made to work with different skin types because of added beneficial ingredients.

Moisturizers for dry skin are comprised of ingredients like mineral oil, petrolatum, glycerin and cyclomethicone, all of which are thick and physically prevent water loss from the skin. Moisturizers for normal skin are usually lighter and contain such silicone-derived ingredients as dimethicone, cyclomethicone and lightweight oils such as cetyl alcohol. Moisturizers for oily skin usually are very light and primarily use dimethicone as their active ingredient.

It's important to analyze your skin type when selecting a moisturizer so that you get the full benefit of the product.

Facial moisturizers also may contain sunscreens and foundation, making them great multi-tasking products for women with hectic schedules. You can cover flaws, protect yourself from the sun and keep your skin soft and younger-looking with one step.

When looking for a facial moisturizer that contains sunscreen, it is important to select one that offers protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays which can cause long-term damage to the skin's underlayers, resulting in wrinkling and other aging effects. New products will soon offer ingredients that block UV rays chemically and provide longer-lasting protection.

Lip Balms and Lipsticks

Lips tend to dry out faster than the rest of your skin because they contain very few oil glands. Therefore, products to keep them moist must be thick and prevent water loss and add moisture. Traditionally, lip balms have been made from petrolatum and wax. Today, products like dimethicone, a skin protectant, and sunscreen have been added to many of the lip balms on the market.

Lip balms are also formulated to provide a smooth feel to the lips. Lipstick is basically lip balm with added color. Manufacturers use less stiff waxes, like carnauba or candela, to make them glide smoothly over the lips. Lipsticks also contain ingredients that offer the consumer color, coverage, sun protection and moisture at the same time.

Body Lotion

Body lotions are usually made from a mix of water, mineral oil, dimethicone and glycerin. Today, ingredients may include hyaluronic acid and ceramide 3, which soothe irritated skin.

Hand Cream

The skin on the hands often is exposed to harsh products, like soap and cleaning supplies, that strip away the natural oils, making the skin much drier than the rest of the body.

Creams that are formulated for hands typically use a combination of ingredients such as petrolatum, glycerin, dimethicone and mineral oil. They go on thickly to help make an artificial barrier against water loss and to protect the skin from further damage.

About the Author:

Junji Takano, the authorJunji Takano is a Japanese health researcher involved in investigating the cause of many dreadful diseases. In 1968, he invented PYRO-ENERGEN, the first and only electrostatic therapy machine that effectively eradicates viral diseases, cancer, and diseases of unknown cause.
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