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Most people nowadays know it's important to use a moisturizer every night. People with dry skin know this especially. But did you know it's important for people with oily skin to be using one consistently as well? Many times your skin is producing excess oil to hydrate and moisturize your skin. If you introduce a moisturizer into your routine it often times trains your skin to produce less oil. The basic function of moisturizers is to help treat your skin when it's dry and prevent it from drying out again. Moisturizers do this by holding water in the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the skin. But they have other functions as well. They can help protect your skin from the environment because it creates a barrier on your skin that keeps oils from escaping and harmful outside elements from entering, causing dryness or irritation.

Moisturizers For Each Skin Type

There are numerous moisturizers on the market that are formulated to treat many different skin types. People with normal skin need a light moisturizer that contains natural oils, whereas people with dry skin may require heavier lotions with humectants to lock in moisture. For those with oily skin, there are oil-free, noncomedogenic moisturizers, which won't clog pores. However, all skin types should avoid moisturizing your face with the lotion you use on your body. The skin on your face is very different then that of your body, it is much more delicate and the pores are much smaller. This could cause skin irritation or breakouts. For example, the coconut oil you use on your body could clog pores on delicate facial skin and cause acne and milia.

Oil/ Acne Prone and Combination Skin-

Many people with oily skin avoid using moisturizers because they think it'll just make their skin oilier. However, the oil on your skin seals in moisture, it doesn't replace the moisture you lose. In addition, many people with oily skin also have acne and acne treatments can often dry out skin. If you want to maintain a clear complexion and keep your skin moisturized, use an oil-free, noncomedogenic moisturizer.

Mature Skin-

Signs of aging, whether premature or predictable, are not only about the years accumulated in a life. They are also a caused by lack of sleep, fatigue, poor circulation, unhealthy lifestyle choices and most especially dehydration.This is why an excellent moisturizer is essential to maintain youthful and radiant skin. The sooner you get started on hydrating and revitalizing skin, the less you need to repair down the road.

Dry & Sensitive Skin-

If you have sensitive skin, nothing is more important than moisturizing to soothe, hydrate, and restore skin's dry, compromised barrier. But you have to be careful to choose the right moisturizer that won't further irritate your already-angry skin. Whether you're suffering from irritation, dry skin, or rosacea, they all have inflammation in common, which occurs when the skin’s outer barrier layer is damaged due to lack of hydration, overexposure to the sun, or contact with irritants. When shopping for moisturizers for sensitive skin, look for formulas that are hypoallergenic and free of potential irritants, like fragrance and alcohol. 

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