Skin Moisturization

Did you know that moisturizer is a compound that has four principal functions? Moisturizers repair the skins barrier. Moisturizers help maintain skin integrity and appearance, as well as restore the lipid barrier’s ability to hold and redistribute water. Moisturizers also reduce transepidermal water loss.

What types of moisturizers are there?

Occlusive moisturizers such as lanolin, silicones, mineral oil, and petrolatum prevent water loss from the skin. Humectants such as glycerin function by increasing absorption of water from the air to the skin.

Emollient creams and lotions soften and smooth the skin, thereby improving the skins appearance. We recommend applying a good moisturizer immediately after cleansing the skin.

Note: lotions are easy to apply, but are not as effective as emollients and heavier creams at protecting the skin and preventing water loss. However, petrolatum can block eccrine and follicular openings, promoting acne. It’s important to consult a professional who can assist which skin care product to choose.

Thicker Creams and Ointments

  • Hydrolatum
  • Euccerin cream
  • Aquaphor
  • Kiehl’s Ultra Facial cream
  • Vaseline petroleum jelly
Lighter Creams
  • Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream
  • CerVe Cream
  • DML cream
  • Aveeno Intense Relief repair cream
Lighter Lotions
  • Curel lotion
  • Cetaphil lotion
  • Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Lightweight Body lotion
  • DML lotion

Which product do you think is best for your skin?  Call us today to discuss which brands provide the best bang for your buck!