Come Rain or Shine, Moisturizing is just fine.
How to select a moisturizer for every season and every skin type.
We are no strangers to moisturisers. It’s part of our extensive (or limited) skincare routine. Unfortunately, there are a plethora of myths around moisturizers ranging from silly to harmful. Through this post, I hope to clear up some of these myths and also help you select the right moisturizer.
Moisturizers, in general, are water or oil-based creams, lotions, gels which when applied to the skin, help retain moisture in the upper layers of the skin. Some of the things that a daily moisturizing routine helps with are:
Also, there is a best time to apply moisturisers. And that is immediately after you step out of the shower and pat your skin dry. The damp skin helps lock in the moisture, leaving your skin soft, smooth and hydrated. Remember to apply your moisturiser twice a day, after your shower and before bed. But this is not set in stone, more importantly, use a moisturizer when you think your skin is feeling dry.
Lastly, when you moisturize your face, do not miss your neck. Also ideally other exposed parts of your body like your hands and feet need to be moisturized.
A lot of my patients have deep-seated beliefs about moisturizers which often are not true. But the two most common ones I come across are.
Variety = Confusion
But not all moisturizers are made equal. There is a great deal of variation in their consistency, content and some of them have additional ingredients which help certain types of skin and conditions. So how does one select a moisturizer?
These are the four questions to ask when selecting a moisturizer:
1. What is my skin type?
2. What’s the current season?
During the cold and dry winter months, the skin tends to dry our more easily and hence it is better to use thicker creams. While during the summer and monsoon seasons, it’s better to stick with lighter lotions when the hydrating needs of your skin are relatively low.
3. Where will I apply the moisturizer?
As a general thumb rule,
– For your face and neck use lighter lotions
– For your arms and legs use mild consistency creams
– For your palms and soles of your feet use thick consistency creams.
4. Does my skin have any special needs?
While this may all seem a bit overwhelming, it really is not. Feel free to experiment with moisturizers. Most moisturizers are safe and reaction to these is extremely rare and easily treatable. Also, feel free to ask your dermatologist about which one suits you best on your next visit.
Lastly, remember this basic process of moisturizing goes a long way to maintain good healthy skin and consistency is key.
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This article is one in a series of articles on skin and hair conditions and treatments by Dr. Sejal Saheta – MD, DNB – Dermatology and Venereology. The objective of this series is to educate the reader and help them take precautions against various skin conditions they come across on an everyday basis. These articles are not meant to be used by patients for self-diagnosis or for avoiding proper medical treatment. The images used in the above blogs are just for the visual representation of the treatment results may vary from patient to patient.