Are you looking for a superior quality moisturizer? Great! You are in the right place. We’ll make a recommendation below, but first, let’s talk about why you need a moisturizer in the first place.
From another perspective… let’s say that the skin’s surface is like the paint on a car. If the paint is cracked and peeling, then the metal underneath becomes too exposed and unprotected from various elements, which expedite oxidation and make the car rust.
Is this a powerful enough visualization for you?
This same idea applies to your outermost layer of the skin (epidermis). Once it is cracked and dry, you’ve lost your outer shield and the skin is vulnerable to exposure from the outside. On top of it, when your skin’s surface is damaged water evaporates from the dermis (a layer of skin between the epidermis and hypodermis).
Also, when the skin’s shield is weakened you open yourself up to multiple infections, because bacteria can enter through the cracks on the surface.
The outermost layer of epidermis (stratum corneum) contains around 30% water as well as lipids.
Its water content is extremely important! If that essential structure of the skin dries out completely, it can no longer protect the layers of skin underneath.
So, when you apply a moisturizer, keep in mind, that it serves two important functions:
1. It seals and protects what’s beneath it
2. It revitalize the skin making it look beautiful (obviously, only if you use quality products).
It is advised to use a face moisturizer twice a day: in the morning and at night. You should always apply it on a clean face. It is wise to use a natural face cleanser that is not abrasive in any way. [You can learn more about natural skin care products here.]
When you cleanse your face, the lipids get washed down the drain as well; therefore, it is essential to replenish them right away. And that’s where your natural face moisturizer comes in.
In the morning, women should put on a moisturizer before applying makeup, and men, would do it after shaving. At night, you would cleanse your skin and apply a moisturizer right before getting in to bed. However, give it a minute and allow your moisturizer to absorb because you don’t want to wipe most of it on your pillow.
We summarize some of what we already discussed in this video:
Effective Moisturizers And Their Benefits
What makes an effective moisturizer? Well, I have one very specific product in mind that I’ll use as an example: Pure Body Lotion by Natural Vibrancy. Why, you may ask? Besides the fact, that I know this moisturizer inside out, let me point out that this body lotion is better in quality then most “high-end” face creams on the market today. I believe that the quality of this natural lotion should be the standard for all skin care products out there.
Otherwise, why even use skin care products that barely make any difference to the skin, apart from clogging pores and making you breakout.
Ok, let’s look at the lotion’s features and benefits up closer…
1. It absorbs quickly.
You want your moisturizer to absorb quickly into the skin without leaving sticky, oily or greasy after feel. Moisturizers that make your face slide off the pillow will not do you much good.
2. Deeply hydrating.
Unlike many moisturizers, this lotion provides a multi-layer hydration; meaning, it moisturizes and restores multiple layers of the skin (not only the surface). Why?
Because of the 2 well-balanced hydrating components used, where each performs a slightly different job when it comes to skin care:
a) Humectants - that attract water molecules to the skin and prevent skin from losing moisture from the outside in. Humectants include glycerin, hyaluronic acid, sorbitol, urea, honey etc.
b) Emollients - that add lubrication to the skin to make it softer and smoother, as well as seal that moisture on top by forming an occlusive protective barrier.
3. Does not clog pores.
There are plenty of occlusives that block evaporation of moisture through the skin’s surface, but most of them are not natural and tend to clog pores or cause irritations, like silicons, petroleum jelly, zinc oxide etc.
This natural body and face lotion uses a very high quality algae (seaweed) that has multiple benefits. It is antioxidant rich and loaded with minerals. Also, within this formula, it serves as a powerful occlusive, which creates the protective shield on top of the skin, while locking-in all of the minerals and vitamins within… allowing them to penetrate through the rest of the layers of the skin, while at the same time, allowing the skin to breathe!
4. Antioxidant rich.
No matter what your skin type, antioxidant are some of the most important ingredients you can have in your skin care arsenal. These search for harmful free radicals, brighten the skin, and unify its color. Some of the most powerful antioxidants are vitamins A, C and E (which this lotion contains) along with green tea and others.
A combination of different antioxidants have a synergistic effect, which provides a much better outcome than the use of one antioxidant alone. And when you consume certain foods to improve your skin care along with your antioxidant-rich topical products - you can see your skin transform in no time.
Anti-inflammatories that are plant-derived can help the skin heal on two levels: on the surface and at the cellular level (where the inflammatory process takes place). The extracts like green tea, grape seed and others do double duty as antioxidants.
These botanical extracts from fruits and plants used in this lotion have a variety of anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties. They are used here to accelerate epidermal barrier function repair, reduce discoloration, reverse photo-damage and assist in skin healing, which leads us to the next point.
6. Boost cell metabolism.
This formula helps the skin cells to repair themselves faster from the outside elements, while improving skin’s integrity.
7. Very soothing and ideal for sensitive skin.
It will work with prescription medications that are used to treat a multitude of skin or body conditions. If you have eczema or super sensitive skin, it will soothe and heal your skin at the same time.
8. A little goes a long way.
When you use a good quality product you don’t need to use much of it (especially, once you restore your skin - typically after 30 days of consistent use). A good quality product is based on superior natural ingredients and a very well balanced formula.
In other words, first, you must know what ingredients to use to create a maximum benefit and second, making sure that every ingredient within the mix compliments one another. That’s when you have a winner.
Why use multiple ‘so so’ products, when you can use one that can impact your skin in more ways than all of the poor-quality products put together?