Making sure that the epidermis is well-hydrated is a cornerstone of skincare. Beyond just improving surface-level looks, moisturising plays a huge role in keeping the skin healthy, serving unseen functions that are just as important. Here are just 10 of the ways that moisturising can help with your skin health.
Maintains Skin Barrier Function
The skin barrier is the body’s first line of defence against environmental aggressors, including environmental pollutants and microorganisms. Regular moisturising helps reinforce this barrier by providing essential lipids and ceramides that keep the outer layer of the skin intact. In doing so, moisturising helps to protect the skin from potential infections and damage.
Prevents Dryness and Roughness
Without sufficient hydration, the skin becomes dry, flaky, and rough to the touch. This lack of moisture can lead to discomfort, exacerbating skin conditions like eczema. Moisturising products create a protective film on the skin that traps water, thereby preventing moisture loss to keep the skin soft and smooth.
Enhances Skin Elasticity
Elasticity is a hallmark of youthful, healthy skin. As we age, however, our skin loses its elasticity due to the decline in collagen production. By providing hydration and nourishment, moisturisers help to improve the skin’s suppleness and elasticity, making it less prone to fine lines and wrinkles.
Supports Wound Healing
When the skin is damaged due to injury, infection or even surgical incisions, hydration plays a crucial role in the healing process. Moisturising helps to maintain an optimal healing environment by facilitating cell regeneration and reducing the appearance of scars.
The skin has a natural ability to regulate body temperature through processes like sweating and vasodilation. Moisturising aids in these physiological functions by maintaining the skin’s hydration levels, thus supporting the body’s thermal regulation.
Improves Skin Tone and Texture
Uneven skin tone or rough texture can make skin look dull and lifeless. Regular moisturising helps in the dispersion of melanin, contributing to an improved skin tone and smoother texture.
Supports Exfoliation and Cell Turnover
The skin naturally sheds dead cells and produces new ones in a process known as cell turnover. Moisturisers often contain ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids that support exfoliation and thereby promote faster cell turnover, leading to brighter and more radiant skin.
Factors like weather changes, pollutants, or the use of harsh skincare products can often lead to skin irritation and discomfort. Moisturisers often contain soothing ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, or calendula that can reduce redness and irritation, providing immediate relief.
Additionally, these calming ingredients can also help in neutralising the effects of environmental stressors that contribute to skin sensitivity. By creating a protective barrier, moisturisers not only lock in essential moisture but also shield the skin from irritants, offering a dual benefit of hydration and protection against irritation.
Balances Oil Production
Contrary to popular belief, moisturising is not just for those with dry skin. Even oily skin needs hydration. In fact, stripping the skin of its natural oils can lead it to produce even more sebum as a compensatory mechanism. Moisturising helps balance oil production by keeping the skin adequately hydrated.
Enhances Product Absorption
Well-hydrated skin is not just an endpoint; it’s the beginning of a more effective skincare routine. Moisturising creates a smooth, supple canvas for better absorption of products, making your skincare routine more effective. This is especially crucial when using products with active ingredients, such as retinol or vitamin C serums.
A well-moisturised face can help these ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin layers, thereby amplifying their benefits. By improving the skin’s capacity to absorb other products, moisturising also indirectly contributes to the overall efficacy of your entire skincare regimen, making each product you use more worthwhile.
Hydrating Facial Treatments for Enhanced Hydration
While daily moisturising is essential, sometimes the skin needs an extra boost of hydration. Treatments like hydrating facials and masks help by providing a more intense level of moisture while targeting specific skin concerns.
One way to introduce a higher level of hydration to your skin is through our Hydra-Bright Facial, which combines the microdermabrasion capability of the diamond peel device with the rejuvenating power of Vita B5 serum. All this goodness is then locked in using our Hydra-Bright Mask and cold steamer treatment.
Sometimes, your skin just needs a little lift. This is when Luminalift comes into play, with its pumpkin peel and peptide mask working in tandem with the our Radio Frequency massage to encourage collagen production and facial contouring. The result is firmer and tighter skin.
Boost your hydration regime with SkinLab
Water is life, and we’ll bring it to your skin. Our experienced, well-trained professionals will help you find the right hydrating facial to rejuvenate your skin for the dewy look you’ve always desired. At SkinLab, Singapore’s largest medical spa chain, our highly trained therapists endeavour to give you the best care and treatment, so you walk out of the door looking and feeling your best.
For those with very dry skin, our sister brand’s treatment Glass Skin Customised Skinbooster can help. Glass Skin Customised Skinbooster is a concoction of micro botox, tranexamic acid, hyaluronic acid and amino acids for deep hydration and better skin biology.