MoisturizersIn discussing the topic of make-up, no discussion of skin care would be complete without discussing moisturizers. Moisturizers have the primary purpose of dispensing moisture into the skin, and when used in a make-up application helps to promote even coverage of foundations and other liquid or cream cosmetics.
Moisturizers can also serve as mediums through which nutrients and other ingredients are distributed into the skin. There are deep penetrating moisturizers to deal with problem areas of dry, hardened skin. Finally, moisturizers can serve as protective agents, containing ingredients that protect the skin as well as adding moisture.
Types of Moisturizers:
Since the primary job of a moisturizer is to impart moisture, many of the best such products contain humectants and other moisture-rich ingredients to hydrate the skin.
The penetrating nature of a moisturizer makes it an excellent way to infuse the skin with helpful agents that have been shown to benefit the skin in myriad ways.
These formulas include things like copper and retinol which are designed to help restore collagen and elastin and to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. These products are usually applied more sparingly, and will be more expensive than simple hydrating moisturizers.
These moisturizer formulas are designed to penetrate deeply into tough, callused skin and rough, scaly patches and infuse these problem areas with moisture. They may also contain gentle, exfoliating properties which help to soften and remove the excess skin cells.
These deep-penetrating moisturizers can often be used in combination with mechanical exfoliation and abrasion to expedite the removal of the excess skin.