Moisturizer is generally thought to be good for your skin because it acts as a protective barrier, but if used excessively, your skin may become reliant on the moisturizer and not properly exfoliate or produce as many natural lipids and proteins. Isn’t that crazy? Continue reading to learn more about whether you should use moisturizers more often on your face.
If you do not moisturize for a week, that might be okay, but if you neglect your face for long, you might have a few drawbacks. Here is what happens when you do not moisturize your face.
Skin that appears dull and dry
While this may seem obvious and should go without saying, you may be unaware that not moisturizing can cause your skin to look and feel dry.
Your skin produces its own moisturization in the form of an oily secretion known as sebum. When you wash your face to remove dirt, dead skin, and excess oil, the sebum is mostly washed away, leaving your skin dehydrated and unmoisturized. If you do not replace this with a moisturizer after washing, your skin will become dry and dull.
If you don’t moisturize your face regularly, those fine wrinkles on your face may become…less fine and much more visible. Moisturized skin physically plumps out the skin layers, which also helps to plump out those fine wrinkles.
Your skin craves moisture, and without it, the normal protective barriers and pH levels of the skin can be disrupted. This disruption of the protective layer can cause dryness, redness, and a low level of inflammation in your skin. Those who are already prone to inflammation, such as those suffering from acne or rosacea, should avoid skipping moisturizers.
When using harsh skincare products like salicylic acid, retinoids, or strong exfoliants on dry skin, you may experience increased sensitivity. Salicylic acid and retinoids can have irritating side effects if they’re applied incorrectly, but if you have a good base layer of moisturizer, you may be able to avoid some of these side effects.
The usage of a moisturizer can help clear up acne. This is for those who tend only to use very drying products when they experience a breakout.
When your skin’s natural defenses are compromised, such as when it is too dry, acne can develop or worsen. If you have acne-prone skin, you should only use oil-free, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic moisturizers.
If you don’t want your skin to feel tight and irritated after using a harsh cleanser that strips away your natural oils, you should moisturize as soon as you get out of the shower to help keep the moisture locked in.
Moisturizer use may need to be increased according to the weather conditions, such as during the colder months or when the air lacks humidity.