One of the most important things you can do for your face, to keep it healthy and looking young, is to moisturize.
So what is it, why do it, how often should I do it and are there any precautions.
Your skin has a layer of skin that has ingredients that provides natural moisture to the skin; these is called the Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF). These NMFs are made up of various amino acids and some chemicals such as salts and lactic acid. They are responsible for keeping the skin moist by taking the moisture from the environment and also keeping it in your skin.
As you can probably guess, areas that have high humidity help in keeping the skin moisturized. While the areas with low humidity, where the humidity is constantly less than 10% in the summer, people need to moisturize their face more often. I live in this type of area and constantly remind my wife to moisturize.
Even in areas of the country with high humidity, it is as important to moisturize just as it is in areas with low humidity, but not quite as often. What you do when you moisturize is you help with the healing of your skin, you prevent damage to your skin from chemicals, you stop premature wrinkles and you help the skin cell regeneration
How Often Should You Moisturize
As I have already said, the number of times you should moisturize will vary based on where you live and the humidity in the area. A good test on when to moisturize is the skin test, if you skin feels tight, then moisturize.
Like any good thing, too much is not good. Moisturizing too much can clog your pores which leads to unhealthy skin. Moisturizers should not be applied to dry skin because it can seal germs into the pores. The best way to apply moisturizers to a dry skin is to dampen your face first. When you do this you minimize the chance of sealing germs inn your pores.
Pick the moisturizer that complements your skin type. Using the wrong moisturizer for your skin type may be detrimental to your skin. If you are not sure about what moisturizer to use, consult your dermatologist.
It is important to moisturize your face on a frequency based on your skin condition and the environment that you live in.