The Key to Soft & Supple Skin (Moisturizers) | Highlights Makeup Articles

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Soft and Supple Skin

That's what we all want right? Silky smooth skin that is healthy and radiant is an accomplishment but hard to do without the proper products and habits. In addition to drinking lots of water, you want to make sure to use the proper skincare products, including a moisturizer. 

Moisturizers are complex mixtures of "chemical agents specially designed to make the external layers of the skin softer and more pliable" (Wikipedia). This means that they help to maintain the skin's hydration by reducing the evaporation of that water. They also prevent the skin from becoming too dry or oily and maintaining a balance. 

How Moisturizers Work

Three methods are used to moisturize skin (According to Wikipedia):

  1. Occlusives: These work by forming a thin film on the surface of the skin to prevent loss of moisture.
  2. Humectants: These attract water vapor from the air to moisturize the skin.
  3. Restoration of deficient materials: These are more complex and try to restore natural moisturizing factors on the skin, such as amino-lipids.

Moisturizers by Skin Type

Normal skin 

  • Water-based moisturizers that are light work best. Your skin is already naturally balanced so you do not need a lot. The best moisturizers contain lightweight oils and/or silicone-based ingredients, such as cyclomethicone.

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Dry skin

  • Due to your skin being naturally dry, look for heavier, oil-based moisturizers that focus on keeping your skin hydrated. For severely dry and cracked skin, petroleum-based products are preferred.

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Oily skin

  • Oily skin is prone to acne and breakouts so oil control is important but do not think that means your face doesn't need moisture. Products that are intended to remove oil, can sometimes also dry your face out in the process. Keep your moisturizer light and look for a water-based product that's labeled noncomedogenic, which means it won't clog your pores. 

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Sensitive skin 

  • Sensitive skin is tricky. You can end up with skin irritations, redness, itching and/or rashes. Look for moisturizer that are intended to soothe. Some of the best ingredients, chamomile and aloe, ya know, they work great for allergic reactions but also for normal, everyday use. Avoid products containing acids, dyes and fragrances because they are more likely to irritate your skin.

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Things to Remember:

  • SPF is important, ALWAYS. Winter, Summer, doesn't matter.
  • Expensive doesn't equate to quality. Buy what works for you and don't assume the more expensive it is, the better it will work.
  • Also apply after a nice warm face wash. This is when you pores are open and ready to trap the water into your skin.


"Moisturizer." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 14 Feb. 2016.

"Moisturizers: Options for Softer Skin." Moisturizers: Options for Softer Skin. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Feb. 2016.