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[February 2018] Things You Should Know Before Using a Moisturizing Cream
Date 02-13-2018 13:58 Hit261

Things You Should Know Before Using a Moisturizing Cream

When your skin gets dry, it tightens, preventing makeup from sitting well on your face. That is why we spend a considerable amount of money buying moisturizing creams. Unfortunately, they do not make the problem go away. In some cases, moisturizing creams cause skin problems. Sometimes, the symptoms manifest right after using them. In other cases, it takes people weeks before they notice that something is wrong. Some people make it worse by looking for the cause elsewhere, never suspecting that their moisturizing cream may be causing the problem.

Why does a moisturizing cream cause skin problems?

A moisturizing cream contains various ingredients that cause skin issues in some people. A prime example is mineral oil, which can be found in body moisturizers, hand creams, and lip balms. Its low price and its ability to keep moisture in the skin make this material a popular ingredient. It forms a layer of oil on the skin, which prevents moisture from evaporating. However, it does not absorb moisture and catches pollutants floating in the air, clogging pores and causing pimples.

Another widely used ingredient is an emulsifier, which we use to mix water with oil. Eating food that contains high amounts of emulsifiers accelerates the absorption of other toxic substances into our system, which raises the risk of diabetes, allergy, and cancer. Emulsifiers used in cosmetic products are not exceptions.

Chemical moisturizers and thickening agents also cause skin problems. Chemical moisturizers, when applied to the skin, quickly absorbs moisture and makes the skin pleasantly moisturized. However, that moisturized feeling quickly wears out because the substance is not capable of retaining moisture for a long period. Moreover, most chemical moisturizers and thickening agents are made of dioxane, which the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared as one of the possible human carcinogens. They may also cause allergic reactions and affect our immune systems, earning them 8 out of 10 points on the skin risk scale.

Use the moisturizing cream that suits your skin!

A moisturizing cream helps with dry skin during winter, but you should choose your cream carefully. You should first determine whether you need a moisturizing cream and, if you do, know which products are safe for your skin. It is now common knowledge that a moisturizing cream with high oil content is good for dry skin, and a moisturizing cream with low oil content is good for oily skin. However, it is difficult for a nonexpert to determine how much oil is contained in a certain product. Furthermore, lotion, sunscreen, BB cream, and many other cosmetic products have oil in them, which makes it difficult to determine which one causes a problem. Therefore, to find the one that agrees with your skin, you should try different products and see what changes. After trying a product, wait until the next day to see how it affects you, rather than basing your judgment on what you feel right after using it.

If you have dry skin, you may want to use a moisturizing cream with high physiologic lipid content. Ceramide, fatty acid, protein, and other physiologic lipids form cell membranes and create a natural moisturizing layer on our skin. Unlike other moisturizing substances that merely keep moisture from evaporating, physiologic lipids are absorbed into our skin to help with its physiological functions. Children’s skin contains many physiologic lipids, which explain their skin’s smoothness. However, as they age, their skin deteriorates and loses the said substances.