Five Reasons You Need A Moisturizer

Your face needs moisturizer like popcorn needs coconut oil + salt and Matcha tea needs warm oat milk + honey. Sure, you can survive without it, but why, if you don't have to?

Even if you have oily skin you should still use a moisturizer. It sounds counterintuitive, but it’s true — Oily Skin Types just need to find the right moisturizer, and it will actually help control oil production and prevent breakouts (more on that soon).

We’ve talked about getting your Skincare Ritual dialed in for preventative purposes and to help repair and maintain youthful, plumped skin, but so far we haven’t gotten into the nitty gritty of Facial Cream. Here are five great reasons to use a moisturizer:

1. Moisturizer helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Dry and Mature
skin that is properly moisturized appears stronger, plumper, and more radiant. Look for ingredients such as those featured in our Italian Red Mandarin & Rose Facial Cream for Dry & Mature Skin. In particular, we love the way Rose Otto Essential Oil cools and hydrates, Argan Oil helps boost cell turnover for long-term anti-aging benefits, Evening Primrose Oil delivers important antioxidants, and Palmarosa Oil balances sebum production.

2. Moisturizer helps balance skin’s natural oil production and prevent breakouts.
If you have oily skin, you may think it’s best to avoid adding extra moisture in order to help it dry out. Au contraire! Drying out skin actually causes it to over-produce oil, keeping you in a cycle of oiliness and breakouts. The road to balanced, beautiful skin is paved with balancing ingredients, such as those found in our Moroccan Argan, Willow, & Rosemary formula for Oily & Blemish-prone Facial Cream. Superstars such as Willow Bark Extract has a gently exfoliating effect to help prevent breakouts, Moroccan Argan Oil naturally balances sebum production and offers perfect moisture without clogging pores, and Rosemary helps tonify and balance oil production.

3. Moisturizer helps replenish skin’s loss of hydration.
Exercise, hot showers, stress, late nights, UV exposure, hormonal fluctuations, and dietary choices can cause even the most balanced skin to freak out a little bit. Our bodies thrive on a complex mix of hydration and minerals, and when those get thrown off, our complexions can be the first place to show it. Our Nigerian Ginger, Lavender, & Thyme Facial Cream helps Balanced & Combination Skin Types self-correct with ease, thanks to Nigerian Ginger’s circulation-enhancing prowess, Lavender Essential Oil’s revitalizing properties, Thyme’s ability to help manage breakouts, and Argan Oil’s nutrient-dense Vitamins E + A and omega-6 fatty acid content.

4. Moisturizer helps with makeup application. 
Hydrated skin provides a smooth and supple canvas for those who choose to wear makeup. Ironically, flaky, patchy surfaces, blemishes, and fine lines tend to be more evident beneath concealer than on naked skin. Well-moisturized skin is plumper and will help achieve the desired effect when applying makeup.

5. Moisturizer helps prevent and delay signs of aging.
We can’t say this enough: it’s NEVER TOO EARLY to begin a Skincare Ritual. (Ok, maybe those under the age of 13 get a pass.) Caring for your skin often and early helps with cell turnover, nutrient replacement, and UV exposure, amongst other environmental and lifestyle factors, all of which contribute to maintaining a youthful, radiant appearance. Using a great Facial Cream is the foundation of that preventative Ritual.

Get The Most From Your Moisturizer
You can amplify the benefits of your Facial Cream by preparing skin to receive the moisture you give it. Washing with a great Facial Cleanser and Facial Scrub, and following with a Facial Toning Serum readies pores to receive the nutrients and active ingredients in your moisturizer. This will not only make your moisturizer go further, it will help its ingredients synergize with those in your Serum to get the best results out of both.

image credit: @parkstreet_

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