Moisturisers add water back into the skin helping to keep it hydrated. When the skin becomes dry, surface cells are shed too fast and come off in clumps of white flakes.
Repeated use of moisturiser increases the skin’s water content and helps to normalise cell turnover.
There are three key kinds of moisturisers: ...
Humectants: attract water from the depths of the dermis or the surrounding atmosphere to help conserve water in the skin.
Emollients: improve the appearance of the skin by smoothing flaky skin cells.
Occlusive agents: create an oily film on the skin’s surface to seal in moisture and prevent it from evaporating into the atmosphere.
What is meant by our “Natural Moisturising Factor”?
The epidermis (top layer of the skin) contains a water soluble mixture of amino acids and salts that help skin cells hold their moisture. This is known as the “natural moisturising factor” and it limits natural water loss by regulating water flow from the deeper dermis layer of the skin.
Sebum (the skin’s natural hydrator) also helps in the prevention of water loss by forming a barrier on the surface of the skin that delays water evaporation.
Following microdermabrasion resurfacing your moisturiser is readily utilised as the dead, dry skin layer is exfoliated and the new fresh skin layer is like a sponge and soaks up your moisturiser.