The Benefits of Moisturizer for Your Skin
There are a lot of things we make optional in our lives that probably should never have been moved to that list. The amount of water we consume, the hours of sleep we get, or even the food we eat.
One thing I have never made optional is moisturizing my skin. Since I was a small child, I have had horribly dry skin. After EVERY shower, I would lather up with lotion; otherwise, I would walk around 30 minutes later feeling like a cactus.
My skin would become flaky and tight. In the winter, it would double in dryness, creating layers of flakes on clothes by the end of the day. Not attractive.
When I started dating my now fiance, I realized that not only did he not moisturize, but he didn’t OWN any form of moisturizer. After showering there one day, I came to this scary realization and didn’t even know what to do with myself.
Who doesn’t moisturize? Who doesn’t even own some form of moisturizer?
I was utterly bewildered! The man hadn’t lotioned his body since he was a baby (and even than his mother technically did it). Once I talked to a few friends about this, I realized that it was me who was the weird one.
They really didn’t moisturize either.
Yes, they had a skincare routine. My friends would wash their faces and put on some overly expensive cream, but that was it. From the neck down, it was soap and water only.
To me, that would be physically impossible. I would eventually turn into a flaky monster that would leave a pound of dried skin anywhere I went. However, not everyone has skin like mine; therefore, some people don’t NEED to lotion every day.
Ladies and gents, just because you think you don’t need it does not mean you don’t need it (makes sense?). There are plenty of benefits moisturizer has for your skin health.
Your skin gets dried out, even if you can’t feel it.
A moisturizer doesn’t just soften our skin, although that should be enough of a benefit to make you want it daily. While you might not have as dry skin as I do, you DO still have skin, and it does get dry (even if you cannot feel it).
Our skin is our largest organ, covering our entire body. It suffers various degrees of temperatures, pollutions, and so many other things. All of these toxins and natural occurrences in nature can take a toll on our skin.
Even if you cannot physically see it happening, it is occurring daily. All of this wear and tear will eventually show in our later years if we don’t take care of ourselves today.
By using a moisturizer daily, we are softening our skin, calming it from the days wear and tear, and adding a level of protection from future ailments.
One of the benefits of moisturizer is that it can keep you youthful for longer.
You buy all these fancy creams for your face to stay youthful and beautiful as long as possible. While that is a complete article on its own, I want to point out the hypocrisy in this statement.
While our face is so important to take care of, so is the rest of your body. Want youthful skin for longer? It doesn’t take a ridiculous amount of money or creams that promise to do things when they don’t really stand up to those promises.
It merely takes lotioning your skin every day. Find a decent moisturizer and, after cleansing your body, moisturize it. Simple as that.
Healthy skin is happy skin that wants to age the correct way. All those pollutions and toxins I talked about? They are aging your skin. By adding a moisturizer that works, you are putting a barrier between you and that pollution.
You can also get moisturizers that have ingredients like:
- hyaluronic acid
These three ingredients can help create a protectant barrier, hydrate the skin, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Moisturizing is an excellent self-care routine that can aid in lymphatic drainage.
If you’ve read about how dry brushing benefits your skin than you know the importance of massaging your body. What dry brushing is doing, besides exfoliation, is helping in lymphatic drainage.
What is this, you ask?
To simplify things, it is a therapeutic massage that helps drain lymph nodes. Your lymph system is part of your immune system and looks like a slightly yellow fluid that moves oxygen and nutrients to cells.
It also collects toxins throughout your body and flushes them out through the lymph nodes. Pressure from your blood vessels and your muscle movements help push this lymphatic system around your body.
By helping your lymphatic system move around the body through massage, you are helping your body add in proper nutrients while getting rid of toxins.
With moisturizing comes a certain level of massage to your body. When I get out of the shower, I usually spend at least 20 minutes on my skincare routine. Not only does this help my mental health, but it also helps my physical health.
By taking the time out of the day to care for myself, I am showing that I matter. This might seem like a silly thing to note, but it goes a long way in forms of mental wellness.
When I really take my time to massage the moisturizer in my skin, I’m helping in lymphatic drainage, which encourages a healthy body. You see? Healthy body, healthy mind.
While it might not be as great as a professional massage, it still can help your wellbeing.
Doing this daily can also help:
- Improve blood flow and circulation
- Relax sore muscles
- Heal skin faster from sunburn
- Help control certain skin conditions
- Control dryness as well as oiliness
Do you still not believe in the benefits of moisturizer? Try it out for one month. You can buy a decent bottle of lotion inexpensively at a drug store that will last you around a month.
Think of it as a little challenge. After every shower, lotion up your body before slipping into your clothes. You don’t have to take 20 minutes as I do, but just make sure you get every inch of your body.
Don’t know which moisturizer to pick? I would recommend heading over to the detox markets moisturizer section. They have curated the best of the best when it comes to green beauty so that you don’t have to worry about what is in your cosmetics.
After a month, make a note of your skin and if there are any changes. You’ll be amazed at the results!
Let’s stop treating our skin like it’s not one of the most important organs and give it the proper attention it needs. Let me know in the comments below or over on my contact page what you do for your skin.
Do you have any moisturizers you’re currently loving? Also, if you just tried the one month challenge, what did you notice? Did you see any significant change or any of the benefits of moisturizer I talked about? Or do you think I’m cuckoo? Let me know either way!
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**While I do research and find reliable information to share for each article, I am by no means a professional. Make sure to speak with a healthcare professional before changing anything in your health. Also, I do have affiliate links that, if used, will give me a small commission. While I do make a profit, I will never share a product/service that I do not 100% stand behind.