Moisturizing can be a complex mixture of chemical agents specially designed to make the skin softer, by increasing the skins water content. This may be done with artificial or natural oils, humectants, emollients, lubricants, etc.,may be part of the composition of commercial skin moisturizers. Although one can prepare a simple moisturizer using one or two common pharmacy ingredients creating your own homemade recipe
Skin Care Tip is to moisturize after washing. Try to open up your pores letting in as much water as you can. Then seal in with your skin moisturizer.
Approximately 30% of the water in your outer layer of skin will be effected by these conditions.The other two thirds are effected by hormonal levels, toxins and disease (such as hyperkeratosis) etc.
Since moisturizes are among the most used and prescribed products for the skin, unfortunately, the cosmetics industry many times advertise loudly for unsubstantiated effects.
Physicians,cosmeticians, and consumers alike should be aware of the real science behind skin moisturization,and know what is possible to achieve and what is not. For example, the addition of vitamins (A,B,C,D and E), nutritive agents and protein agents has been common in the industry, supposedly in order to add to the moisturizer the capability to treat several skin conditions such ascellulitis, age and photo damage, loss of collagen, wrinkles, etc., with little or no scientific evidence for such.
Of course, this has the effect of increasing the price tag of the product, although the basic and real effective components are very inexpensive.
Despite claims to the contrary by the cosmetics industry, complex moisturizers may cause a number of adverse effects, including allergic reactions to some of its components, skin irritation, contact dermatitis, characterized by redness, itching, burning, and stinging sensations, or even may cause a contrary effect to the desire, i.e. they may actually increase dehydration. When used near sensitive spots these effects may be enhanced in some people. Use of plant extracts, some alcohols and proteins may increase the danger of adverse effects. Cosmetic and therapeutic moisturizers should be accompanied by the printed formula in order to inform consumers adequately, as well as physicians, in order to easily and quickly identify the offending component.
Where moisturizers Work:
On the most external of the skin layers, the so-called corneal stratum,this is largely formed by squamous cells. This is where natural skin care works in these outer layers. Which are constantly being shed and replaced by the growth of new cells coming from the deeper layers of the skin . Most, if not all, agents present in moisturizers are unable to penetrate these deeper layers of skin.The water content in this outer layer of skin is proportional to the external relative humidity, and the thickness and flexibity of this outer layer of skin increase with added water content. Evaporative loss of water from the skin increase in certain circumstances, especially if relative air humidity is decreased (the winter months )
Emollients, such as butyl stearate, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, petrolatum, or others fill the spaces between skin cells, helping to smooth and lubricate the skin. These can be oil based or water based, with oil based creams lasting longer but being harder to apply. Fragrances are the parts of the moisturizer that give it its smell; these can also be the cause of skin irritation, so if you have problems with that this might be the thing not to add when making your moisturizer. If you use essential oils in your moisturizer, you should also be carefully not to use too much. Commercial moisturizers will also usually contain preservatives, which can be bad for the skin and which are not necessary if you are making your own to use right away
Why should I be aware of this?
Or you may want to create your own moisturizer to find the perfect balance with your skin and the right scents. When you make it yourself, you also know exactly what is going in it, which is important for something you put on your skins on a regular basis.
All about homemade moisturizer
Mix together 3 tablespoons of honey, 3 tablespoons of wheat germ, 1 ounce glycerin, ½ an ounce of rose water, and 1 ounce witch hazel. Apply morning and night after cleansing for a soothing, natural moisturizer.
Just Aloe Vera Moisturizer Add one part Aloe Vera to one part mineral water. Heat these in a double boiler until they form into a cream. This becomes a wonderful cream especially good for dry, sore or sunburnt skin.
Cocoa Butter Moisturizer Lotion Melt 1 tablespoon of Cocoa butter with 2 tablespoons of Jojoba in a double boiler over medium heat. Once it is melted, stir in 1 tablespoon of aloe Vera and stir until it is well mixed. This one is good for dehydrated skin.
Protein Moisturizer Beat one egg yolk into a cup of milk. Keep beating it until it forms a paste, then put it in the refrigerator overnight.