EVAPORATION OF WATER FROM THE SKIN
Those with a disrupted lipid barrier often suffer from dry skin conditions, as the skin is unable to coat the skin’s surface with the appropriate amount of sebum, causing a loss of hydration. Essentially, a moisturizer should aid in correcting the lipid barrier so that the skin is able to regain healthy moisture balance. The key word here is “aid,” as these products are only a part of a solution, and are not a fix all to every skin condition on their own.
While some moisturizers actually do contain the hydrating (humectant) ingredients mentioned above, these are not always able to penetrate the skin deeply. A good moisturizer will generally contain a mixture of both Occlusive (barrier forming ingredients) and Emollient (Ingredients that help with skin smoothness and can also enhance barrier strength) ingredients.
THE BEST ANSWER
You can solve this dilemma, and get the best results by remembering to apply a Hydrator first, and a Moisturizer second. By utilizing this protocol, you can add moisture to the skin and then make sure it stays put all day long, helping your own skin to repair itself and function more like younger skin. If you have dry skin and are only using a moisturizer, it’s likely you are needing to apply it multiple times during the day.
It might seem that your moisturizer is getting rid of flaky, dry patches, what is happening is that you are probably only masking the problem.
Remember to apply hydrating products first and a moisturizer second. This way, you are adding adding moisture to the skin, and then ensuring it stays put throughout the day. If you have dry skin and are only using a moisturizer, chances are you are feeling the need to apply it multiple times throughout the day.
While the moisturizing ingredients may appear to have helped smooth those dry flaky spots, they are not fixing the root of your condition. Moisturizers are only masking the issue at hand.
Increase your skin’s water content by adding a hydrator into your daily skincare routine. This will not only help your skin regain the correct moisture balance for optimal cellular health, it will also make your moisturizer and treatment serums far more effective!
Hydrators act to ‘break the cellular barrier’, allowing far greater and deeper penetration of skin actives into the dermal layer. This also saves you money, as you can use far less of serums and moisturizer products and get better results.