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I find it surprising how many people don’t use a daily moisturizer. I’ve heard a lot of excuses, but the most common is “I have oily skin”. Moisturizing is so important, not only because it moisturizes, nourishes, and hydrates the skin, but also because it balances the natural oils the skin produces.

Having dry skin simply means that your skin isn’t producing enough sebum to keep the surface moist. This produces dry, itchy, tight skin. Everyone has dry skin at some point. Whether it’s because you have naturally dry skin, harsh detergents in our soaps, or simply because it’s cold outside, dry skin is very common. Moisturizers help supplement the moisture the skin lacks.

Oily skin, on the other hand, produces too much sebum, which makes our skin look and feel greasy. Having oily skin may also make us more prone to acne. However, not using moisturizer is the worst thing you can do when you have oily skin. Usually we try to dry out our oily skin with harsh soaps and skip the moisturizers. This causes our skin to produce an over abundance of oil to relieve the dryness. And then again, we dry out our skin and skip the moisturizer… It becomes a vicious cycle. STOP! Applying moisturizer will tell your oily skin that the skin is already moisturized and there is no need to produce more oil. If you’ve been spinning on the vicious cycle for a while, it may take some time to get your skin balanced again. Be sure to use light, natural moisturizers which can be absorbed easily by the skin. Or, you may add water to the moisturizer you already have to lighten it up. You don’t want to use a heavy hand with your moisturizer on your oily skin… a little is all you need.

So lets keep our skin balanced and looking great. By moisturizing everyday, day and night, you will accomplish this… Your skin will thank you for it!