What Happens When You Don't Moisturize Your Face?
If you don't use moisturizer, will your face spontaneously combust or turn into a pile of dust like a dastardly Disney villain? Well, no, but using a moisturizer is better than the alternative.
Instead of scare tactics or unrealistic promises, the skincare tips below can provide some insight and maybe even a little hydration inspiration.
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1. Dry skin gets drier
Most people with dry skin are more than willing to do what it takes to tackle dehydration and dullness. But if you're someone who skips that moisturizing step more often than not, then you may need to hear straight from a board-certified dermatologist or two.
Dr. Annie Chiu, founder of The Derm Institute in California and a board-certified dermatologist, talks about the importance of moisturizer in a skincare routine, noting how it delivers vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals into the skin, going below the surface to help with moisture retention.
Winter weather can exacerbate dryness, as can certain allergies, and other conditions. In areas with low humidity, the dry air may make your skin feel even tighter - and not in a good way.
If you're already on the dry side, you don't want to go anywhere without a good face cream.
It's important to help your skin defend itself against the elements, and a thicker cream can often do the trick. As opposed to a lighter lotion, a quality cream provides a heavier layer that keeps the skin protected and moisturized.
A face cream can also support your skin's natural protective barrier. This outermost layer of the epidermis - the stratum corneum - consists of mostly keratin and lipids. This skin barrier keeps unwanted elements out while helping to control water loss.
When you don't moisturize your face, you're missing out on the opportunity to give your skin a helping hand, and any dryness you're dealing with now could get worse.
2. Fine lines look more prominent
Skipping moisturizer can lead not only to dryness, but premature aging of the skin as well. That's partly because dehydrated skin shows more of those little lines and wrinkles.
Author and board-certified dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe, MD, says that when dry skin persists and the skin barrier is compromised, there's a low-grade inflammation that occurs. When skin is chronically inflamed it can lead to the breakdown of collagen and accelerate the signs of aging.
In other words, less moisturizer can mean more wrinkles. And more under eye bags.
To reverse this cycle of dehydration and restore the skin's natural balance, you can try a moisturizer that contains humectants like hyaluronic acid or glycerine. Humectants bind water to the skin. This has the effect of plumping it up and filling in those creases.
Luckily, you'll find these types of moisturizers and more when you use the JUARA Face Ritual for Normal to Dry Skin.
The Face Ritual set contains four of our favorite JUARA skincare products, namely, the Rice Facial Cleanser, Tamarind Hydrating Tea Toner, Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum, and the Sweet Black Tea & Rice Moisturizer.
Even the cleanser comes to the skin's rescue with hydrating glycerin and moisturizing botanicals like candlenut and rice bran extract. But that's only the first step.
Next comes the Tamarind Hydrating Tea Toner, with another dose of humectants such as sodium hyaluronate.
That's followed by the Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum. This serum contains a proprietary blend of botanicals like turmeric, green tea, and algae that brighten by inhibiting melanin synthesis, protect with vitamin C, and hydrate with humectants.
The skin care essentials in the JUARA Face Ritual also bring powerful antioxidants into the picture. Ingredients like five flavor berry and green tea help fight those free radicals that cause oxidative stress.
If you're concerned about how the aging process is affecting your face, these products are the answer to your skincare prayers.
Ready to hear about the final step in the JUARA Face Ritual?
Keep scrolling to see how you can slowly reduce the appearance of all the lines and imperfections with the Sweet Black Tea & Rice Moisturizer.
3. Your complexion can look dull
If you leave your complexion to chance and don't lend it any support, you may find that your skin loses its luster.
There are things you can do to improve your skin's texture, tone, and hydration. That includes having a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water. It also includes the critical step of moisturizing.
A good moisturizer makes skin more soft, supple, and luminous. The last step in JUARA's Face Ritual set is the Sweet Black Tea & Rice Moisturizer, and it absolutely checks all the aforementioned boxes.
After you've cleansed, toned, and applied the serum to your skin, it's time to lock in the moisture. The Sweet Black Tea & Rice Moisturizer is made for dry and aging skin that will soak up the hydrating and healing ingredients.
Not only does this formula contain hyaluronic acid, but it also brings antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits from turmeric and the age-defying properties of fermented sweet black tea. You'll notice luminous and lovely skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles.
The natural oils in this moisturizer, such as Rice Bran, Avocado, and Candlenut Oil, are all rich in vitamin E and fatty acids. They deliver moisture and help the skin maintain its youthful elasticity.
Avocado oil plays an important part in rebuilding the skin’s natural barrier due to its high content of phyto-cholesterol. And as was established above, when that stratum corneum is functioning properly, your skin will be sitting pretty.
Though this cream is rich, it's really lightweight and melts into the skin.
As the last step in the JUARA Face Ritual, it leaves your skin feeling fully replenished and rejuvenated. In fact, 90% of users reported smoother, softer skin that looked more firm and supple.
4. You leave your skin unprotected from the elements
Though your skin produces natural moisture, using a cream or lotion will make it more hydrated and supple. Also, if you're skipping moisturizer, it likely means you're missing out on some of the ingredients that protect your skin.
Many moisturizers contain SPF, so you don't even need that separate sunscreen step.
However, without SPF or antioxidants in your skin care, you'll see more new wrinkles and lines on the skin's surface. And if you're using retinoids or products like salicylic acid, then you should be sure to add that extra layer of sunscreen. Otherwise, you'll risk uncomfortable redness and peeling.
Spread sun protection all over your body - not just your face.
Most dermatologists and other skin care specialists agree that using a product with SPF is essential when you're heading outdoors. The sun's powerful ultraviolet (UV) rays are ruthless when it comes to causing sun damage such as burns, photo aging, and even skin cancer.
Of course, sunlight is essential for vitamin D synthesis, so you may be wondering what impact sunscreen has. Fortunately, you can still get the vitamin D you need if you follow some straightforward guidelines that still allow you to enjoy yourself out and about.
5. Even oily skin can suffer from moisture loss
Some folks with acne-prone skin are worried that if they apply moisturizer they'll be making their skin more oily. That's one worry worth discarding. All of us, regardless of skin type, can benefit from moisturizers.
There are oil-free moisturizers out there that work wonders. However, you don't necessarily need to go oil free. Certain oils - like antioxidant-rich jojoba or acne-fighting tea tree oil - can actually reduce breakouts and ongoing inflammation.
Moisturized skin is better prepared to protect your body than dehydrated skin. Besides, you'll leave your body polished with the best.
Moisturizers support the skin barrier by bringing in those peptides and fatty acids that soften, smooth, and repair the epidermis. Since the skin barrier's job is to minimize water loss and protect against irritants, leaving moisturizer out of your skincare ritual will likely lead to regrets down the road.
Sometimes moisturizers may also lessen the side effects of certain acne medications.
Harsh products can have consequences, even as they address some valid skin concerns. For example, if you're using retinoids that give you flaky skin, you can see and feel the difference after using a soothing face cream.
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you may want to consult with a dermatologist to find a moisturizer that's ideal for you.
6. Flaky and peeling skin can become a bigger problem
On your stratum corneum, the layer of dead cells can contribute to flakiness, if you're not using moisturizer.
With the normal and healthy process of skin cell turnover, the old dead skin cells slough off and make way for newer, fresher skin cells. We shouldn't confuse this natural exfoliation with visibly flaky or peeling skin.
If there's flakiness occurring, it's likely due to a lack of hydration. Although a deep exfoliating scrub could help.
The very top layer of your skin turns over every few weeks, so if the dead skin is being shed at a normal rate and the skin cells beneath them are not receiving enough moisture, your skin will likely appear dull and flaky.
If you're dealing with dry air as opposed to a humid environment, the situation can go south from there. If it's especially cold outside, your face may feel a bit like the itchy and scratchy show.
Itchy skin can make those dry areas suffer further damage, since it's hard for us not to scratch that itch. We'll often make the situation worse by scratching, when what's really needed is more moisturizer.
The skin's barrier - that protective outer layer - needs your help. A good face cream will provide the humectants and emollients that help your skin function properly.
A lot of beauty tips are of the take it or leave it variety, but supporting the skin barrier is the literal foundation for all other skincare practices.
Now you can tell those flakes to flake off, because you got this!
7. You'll have a harder time getting that gorgeous glow
It's difficult to achieve that dewy look when you're dealing with dry skin.
You can restore natural hydration in the skin with what you put in your body as well as what you put on it. In fact, essential fatty acids are essential for a glowing complexion, whether you put them in your belly or on your skin.
Fatty acids such as omega-3s and omega-6s are basically the building blocks of healthy cell membranes. These fats keep skin hydrated and improve elasticity.
It's fairly fortuitous, then, that JUARA Radiance Vitality Oil contains natural oils that feature this fatty acid profile. Candlenut oil has an ideal ratio of omega fatty acids, that bring about balance and beauty.
The Radiance Vitality Oil formula boasts twelve botanical oils and extracts that boost any skin rejuvenating ritual.
Not only does it contain candlenut oil, but also macadamia, avocado, coconut, and squalane oil. They all add unique nourishment and give skin a luminous look. This oil says to your skin: you dew you.
This is one of the best body oils that can increase moisture while also providing protection for the skin. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients that both brighten and calm the complexion. It can even reduce redness
The Radiance Vitality Oil will leave your skin feeling velvety smooth - but not greasy - and it won't clog pores.
You can smooth it on your skin morning and night. All that's needed is a few drops.
You'll see how it gives you a glow, and makes you feel fabulous. You can even layer a little bit of this oil over your makeup to give it a reboot.
Whether you moisturize with a face cream or a face oil, you should not neglect your beautiful skin.
The video below is from dermatologist Dr. Andrea Suarez (Dr. Dray on Youtube) discussing which ingredients tend to do well with different types of skin.
Dr. Suarez mentions how those with sensitive skin may want to seek out fragrance-free moisturizers, and instead stick with ingredients like olive oil and shea butter.
If you suffer from certain skin conditions like seborrheic dermatitis or rosacea, you may want to steer clear of essential oils, menthol, or any ingredients that give you a cooling or tingly feeling. Turns out some of that tingling sensation is due to the dilation of blood vessels, which exacerbates the redness and irritation for many folks.
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