What Should You Look for in your Moisturizer?

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Portrait of young woman caring of her skin standing near mirror in the bathroom.

Portrait of young woman caring of her skin standing near mirror in the bathroom.

By Lyka Mae P. Chiang

We all know this by now, but in case you don’t, let me tell you this – whether you have dry, combination, or oily skin, you should never skip moisturizer. Moisturizer helps the skin regain the stripped oil from cleansing. If the skin isn’t hydrated enough, chances are the sebaceous glands will produce more oil thus resulting to an even oilier skin. Sounds good? I don’t think so!

There are many moisturizers in the market that promise to hydrate the skin and make you look fresh and younger. But the question is, which of them is true its promise?

According to Dr. Maria Ana Castañeda-Lee, a clinical dermatologist, moisturizers should have a natural moisturize factor or NMF that repairs the intercellular matrix and retains the water in the skin. When choosing moisturizers, look for these ingredients: lecithin, collagen, elastin, glucose, glycogen, glycosaminoglycan, glycophospholipids, and hyaluronic acid. These contents will provide the NMF that your skin demands.

Aside from these, she adds that a great moisturizer also contains antioxidants like Vitamins A, C, E, coenzyme Q10, alphalipoic acid, rosemary bioflavanoids, and green tea extract. Antioxidant is known to protect the skin cells from free radicals to help reveal a more youthful look and revitalize the skin from dullness.

Lastly, Dr. Lee mentioned that a moisturizer must contain an emollient, such as lanolin, cocoa butter, and petrolatum. It helps supple the skin and prevent water loss to promote hydration and keep the skin smooth and soft.


***With excerpts from 5 Skin Care Tips article in Zen Health Magazine, May-July 2009 issue

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