There seems to be a bit of confusion regarding proper moisturization and if it can prevent premature aging.
Most people don’t care about moisturizing their skin until they start to notice some of those pesky fine lines and wrinkles.
Think about it, how often did you worry about wrinkles or using the right type of anti-aging skincare products until you saw your first wrinkle?
This is where the frantic search for anti-aging skincare products begins for most.
You try countless creams and serums, hoping to see some of those fine lines disappear. It happens in some cases, but it depends on how consistent you are with applying your product, the type of product, and its quality.
If you’ve been wondering how proper moisturization can benefit your overall skin health, we’ve got the answers you’re looking for.
It’s time to explore how fine-tuning this part of your skincare routine can make all the difference.
Let’s start by exploring some of the basics of how your skin ages.
The Most Common Signs of Aging
For some people, common signs of aging start to appear around the age of 25, with fine lines forming in various areas of the face and body.
Wrinkles are, by far, the most common skin aging concern. Folds in the skin that form around the eyes are often called “crows feet” or around the mouth.
This occurs because collagen, responsible for giving skin its plumpness and vitality, begins to decrease at the rate of 1% every year after 25. Other signs of aging include loss of elasticity and volume in certain areas of the face and body.
Signs of aging can accelerate with certain lifestyle choices or genetics. Some other signs of aging include sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and dry patches of skin.
Many people underestimate the power of using an SPF every day. This helps reduce signs of aging caused by ultraviolet rays. In fact, it’s a common thought that wearing an SPF moisturizer regularly prevents premature aging such as wrinkles caused by sun exposure.
If you think about it, we do know that prolonged exposure to the sun causes wrinkles, so there may be something deeper to explore in this premise.
How Moisturizers Work on the Skin
Did you know there are multiple layers of skin your moisturizer must penetrate to provide the anti-aging benefits you’re looking to achieve?
The three main layers of the skin include the outer layer (epidermis), the middle layer (dermis), and the lower layer (hypodermis).
When you apply your product, moisture travels through the blood vessels to the middle layer of skin, the dermis. However, it eventually travels up to the epidermis and evaporates, leaving skin dry and in need of more moisture.
So, the moisturizer’s job is trapping and replenishing the moisture before it evaporates.
If you neglect this step, your skin may become dry, cracked, and flaky. Moisturizers work by inserting water into those fine lines, plumping them in a way, making wrinkles less noticeable—but it’s a process you must repeat to preserve the effects.
This is how proper moisturization in your skincare routine can help you reduce signs of aging.
Different Types of Moisturizers
We’ve covered how moisturizers trap moisture in the skin and also replenish it. Still, it’s helpful to understand different types of moisturizers and what they do for the skin.
One of the first types of moisturizers to hit the scene was the “occlusives.” These are your wax, silicone, and oil-based moisturizers (similar to vaseline). They provide a protective layer to trap moisture.
They help keep skin moisturized, but they can be pretty messy and definitely on the heavier side.
“Emollients” are your creams, lotions, and gel-based moisturizers many people prefer over occlusives because they’re more user-friendly.
On the other hand, some people prefer “humectants” because they attract moisture (working as a polar opposite of emollients and occlusives). Humectants draw moisture in and hold it there, which is why it’s one of the favored options as of late.
It’s best to experiment with different moisturizers to see what your skin responds to best. There’s still much debate over the effectiveness of moisturizers. However, one thing is for sure, without them, your skin health deteriorates quickly.
Enhancing the Effectiveness of Your Moisturizer
There are more than a few ways to enhance the effectiveness of any moisturizer. One of the easiest ways is to exfoliate 2-3 times a week, depending on your skin’s sensitivity.
Exfoliation is a necessary step in skin care because it reduces clogged pores, evens skin tone, and helps your moisturizer penetrate to be most effective.
Pores obstructed by dead skin cells, excess sebum, and dirt, moisturizers can’t get past the surface layer. This leads to wasting a good product—especially when you want to help prevent aging.
Other Ways to Help Prevent Premature Aging
If you’re looking for anti-aging products or remedies, you won’t have difficulty finding products to try. But, you may find it hard to find one effective enough to remedy your concerns.
We’re saying this because, as you may or may not be aware, the anti-aging beauty market is set to surpass the 400 billion dollar mark by the year 2030.
This translates into a ton of products on the market, which means you may have to try a few to filter out the ones that aren’t as effective.
When you’re shopping for anti-aging products, some of the most beneficial ingredients to have in the medicine cabinet are vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and antioxidants.
All of these ingredients work to plump the skin, boosting collagen production and elasticity, ultimately reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Moving Forward with Youthful, Radiant Skin
It’s true, many aspire to have flawless, youthful skin, and while some do, most have perfected a supportive skincare routine that includes an adequate amount of moisture being introduced into the middle layer of skin.
Creating your custom skincare routine is a vital part of your skin’s overall health and appearance.
Proper moisturization can reduce some of the most common signs of aging and leave your skin feeling softer.
Plus, it’s a great way to pamper yourself and indulge in self-care if you want to help prevent premature aging!