Moisturizers - keep your skin hydrated, youthful and supple When you talk about skin care, moisturizers are usually the first product people think of.

Moisturizing is the easiest and most effective way to keep the skin hydrated, youthful and supple. Since dehydrated skin has difficulties repairing itself, those with dry skin will longer to recover from sun burns and other forms of skin damage. Those with dry skin are often the first to develop signs of aging - including fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

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Daily moisturizers normally contain sun protection in order to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Night moisturizers (also called night creams) are usually thicker than daily moisturizers so that the rich formulas can help repair skin damages by while you sleep and while your face is relaxed.

There are a variety of moisturizers on the market to suit every skin type. Those with sensitive, oily or acne-prone skin will benefit most from moisturizers made with natural ingredients, such as herbal extracts, essential oils, minerals and vitamins. Those with oily or combination skin should also seek out a non-greasy, light moisturizers.

The most efficient time to apply moisturizers is right after you shower, bathe or cleanse your face. This is when the skin is at its softest and the pores are open. Moisturizer should be spread over the face before you apply makeup and after removing it before you go to bed. This will keep the skin hydrated throughout the day and while you sleep.

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