Seasonal weather changes in Canada are notoriously challenging for our skin. Surviving the transition between summer and fall requires wardrobe changes and so it goes with the way we “dress up” our skin. Doctor Jean-François Tremblay, dermatologist, explains in this newsletter why moisturizers are so important in maintaining your skin’s health and beauty.
Why moisturize your skin?
Reason #1: To Maintain good-looking skin
Dehydrated skin invariably has dull-colored complexion as well as becoming rough in texture. Dry skin also tends to look older and more wrinkled than it actually is. The best choice of moisturizer for your skin depends on your skin type. For dry skin individuals, a richer formulation containing ceramides and waterproofing molecules should be considered. For oily skin or acne-prone individuals, oil-free gels or fluids with matifying components are preferred.
Reason # 2 to moisturize your skin : To maintain healthy skin
Several skin medical conditions can be adversely affected by dehydration. Eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne are four common examples. Eczema and rosacea almost invariably flare up due to skin dryness and restoring normal skin moisture is an essential part of the treatment. Several acne patients have a tendency to “overdry” their skin using harsh cleansers and drying medicated products. This behavior results in more inflammation and a higher risk of staining and scarring of the skin. Maintaining normal skin hydratation in acne has been shown to improve response to medications including topical vitamin A, benzoyl peroxide and Accutane.
Reason # 3 to moisturize your skin : To prevent skin aging
Several scientific studies have shown that chronic skin dryness promotes premature aging and wrinkling. Under dry conditions, dermal collagen production and repair is diminished or shut down. The use of moisturizers containing ceramides, hyaluronic acid and peptides have been to stimulate dermal collagen production and restore youthful skin.
Reason # 4 to moisturize your skin : To improve the efficacy of laser treatments and therapeutic topical skin care products.
Recovery time and results after laser treatment are significantly improved with optimal skin hydration. For instance, fading of brown spots after IPL photorejuvenation can be twice faster using a moisturizer containing water-binding molecule such as glycolic acid. Active ingredients found in therapeutic creams such as vitamin A and C, growth factors and peptides penetrate more readily in well hydrated skin. In very dry and flaky skin, the use of an exfoliating moisturizer can also improve water and active ingredient absorption.
Best products to moisturize your skin
Here are MédIME staff best product recommendation
Micheline’s pick: SkinMedica HA5
This super silky fluid lotion contains 5 hyaluronic acid molecules that moisturize, soothe and reduce fine lines instantly. In addition, HA5 restores the natural protective barrier of the skin making it more resistant to extreme temperatures. His long-lasting action locks in moisture for 8 hours.
Marie-Johanne’s pick: VivierSkin Ultra Hydrating Mask
The VivierSkin Ultra Hydrating Mask is perfect to moisturize and protect dry skin. Its creamy texture is a real moisturizing bath that quenches the skin and brings comfort and suppleness. Rich extracts of shea butter, vitamin E, sweet almond and pumpkin seed leave the skin smooth, firm and reveal its radiance. During cold weather, the mask can be used as a day and night cream for a feeling of extreme comfort. Winter is just around the corner, make sure to get this mask to prevent dryness and dehydration.