Beauty Products

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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The most important weapon in your arsenal against premature skin aging is moisturizing. Moisturizing alone will not reverse the signs of aging, but it does help lock moisture into the skin, which is much of what makes skin looks youthful. Moreover, skin which is not moist is much more susceptible to other forms of damage as a result of overexposure to the sun and other harsh chemicals. And though it might not lift those eyelids, it will absolutely help to slow down further damage, and raise the efficiency of any other skin care products you use.

Finding the Right Moisture Balance

When searching for the right moisturizer, look for those which provide long-term moisture. Unless you've got a lifestyle which allows you to reapply moisturizers every two hours (about how long most of them last), you're going to want one that provides all day protection. Besides, reapplying any moisturizer over five or six times in a day can lead to clogged pores. The best solution is to find a moisturizer that promises eight to 12 hour protection and apply it two to three times a day.

Look for moisturizers which contain an SPF of at least 15, which can be worn alone or under makeup. Some SPF moisturizers leave a greasy film which can interfere with makeup application. Every person needs to be wearing an 15 SPF every day, rain or shine, whether they're outdoors, near a window or in a car. Moisturizers containing SPFs pull double duty: they keep the skin moist, and they prevent against further skin damage from sun exposure.

You should moisturize at least twice a day. If you find that your skin remains dry, you may consider investing in a low-cost humidifier which can do wonders for the health of your skin. If you are a woman over 40 suffering unusual, sudden skin dryness, your hormones may be to blame. In this case, a topical estrogen cream might work wonders; however, only a doctor can say for sure.

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