Moisturisers play an important part in not only keeping skin well hydrated, soft and pliable but they can also prevent water loss from the skin. This is especially important for those spending long days in air conditioned environments or frequent fliers. When skin is plump and well hydrated, texture, lines and wrinkles are improved. Good internal hydration is important – if you are thirsty, you are already well dehydrated!
Thick emollients create a film over your skin to provide an extra protective layer which minimises water loss. Humectants contain ingredients to attract and hold water in the top layer of skin and there are products that do both for very dry problem skin. For those with oily skin, it is important to choose the correct moisturiser that will prevent damaging and irritating dryness but not encourage build up of oil and blocked pores.