Why should we moisturize our skin?
Some people have naturally dry skin, others have excessively oily skin, some are overly sensitive to allergens and climate, and some may have a combination of these different types. The ideal skin is "normal" skin that is neither dry nor oily.
Dry skin is the outcome of the skin's underproduction of sebum. Conditions such as hot or cold weather and low humidity increase dryness. Without the assistance of a moisturizer, your skin would start cracking, itching, flaking, feeling tight, and become red. Your face would also age before its time. Cara Skin Care provides the Power Peptide Firming Cream targeted to support mature skin and alleviate dryness while Cara’s Cell MXMoisture Cream targets all skin types with a focus on preventative measures against aging while providing intense hydration.
The excess oil in oily skin, leads to acne and a greasy appearance. When stripping the face of impurities and oil with a cleanser, it is important to replenish the skin with a suitable moisturizer to protect and prevent future breakouts. Cara Skin Care Pure Citrus Day Cream targets oily skin with a light texture, lemon to clarify, and sage to stimulate cell renewal and reduce inflammation.
Sensitive skin easily becomes irritated and red. Dryness and/or the wrong moisturizer can aggravate sensitive skin (especially if it contains perfumes). Cara Skin Care PostTX Remedy Soothing Cream targets sensitive skin while the combination of Vitamin C and sodium hyaluronate improve penetration and the locking in of hydration. The paraben free feature also reduces sensitivity. Moisturizers prevent water that is present on the skin from evaporating therefore the best way to apply them is onto slightly damp skin.
Moisturizers come in the form of humectants and emollients. Humectants draw water into the epidermal layer of the skin from the middle dermal layer as well as from the environment. Glycerin is an example of a humectant. Emollients are moisturizers that leave the skin feeling smooth and soft while binding existing moisture to the face. Emollients can be oil-based or water-based. Most moisturizers are emollient creams that contain humectants.
Another ingredient that draws moisture into the skin is sodium hyaluronate, which is found naturally in the skin, yet diminishes as we age. You will find sodium hyaluronate in the Power Peptide Firming Cream, the CellMX Moisture Cream, and the PostTX Remedy Soothing Cream. In choosing a skin barrier cream, pick one that is paraben free, since less skin allergies or irritation can develop. Cara Skin Care moisturizers are all paraben free.
Women, Men and Moisturizers
Women are at a disadvantage when it comes to skin care. Men have thicker, oilier skin that stands up better to harsh environmental elements. Women have thinner skin that dries out more easily and is more readily affected by UVA and UVB damage, thus causing premature aging and other negative effects to the skin.