One of the most common questions patients and customers ask me is, “What’s the best way to moisturize my skin?” I get asked this question the most during the fall and winter.
In fact, the term “skin moisturizer” is actually a misnomer because contrary to popular belief, you cannot really add moisture to the skin. Moisturizers, rather than adding moisture to the skin, really control how much moisture your skin loses.
When the amount of water or moisture loss from the skin is decreased, the moisture content of that skin increases. Understanding that, the best products to help with skin moisture levels will contain two key ingredients: one that stops or decreases water loss from the skin, and another that helps to hold moisture within the skin.
Variations of oils are the best ingredients to reduce water loss. Working together, these oils produce a thin film over the surface of the skin, and then reduce natural evaporation.
Many of the moisturizing products we carry here at Maine Laser Skin Care and recommend contain more natural vegetable oils to achieve that purpose. Wheat germ oil is one such oil that is a common ingredient in these products.
Elements that hold water in the skin are called humectants, and most higher end moisturizers contain them. Hyaluronic acid, or sodium hyaluranate, is a humectant that is found naturally in the skin and is highly effective. This substance, as well as glycerin, is commonly used in the best moisturizers for their moisture-retention properties.
As far as the best moisturizers, there is a definite and significant component of “you get what you pay for”. By that, I mean that the more expensive moisturizers tend to have the more natural and more effective ingredients that both reduce moisture loss and retain water within the skin.
You can find the Maine Laser Skin Care line of recommended moisture products here. If you have any other questions concerning skin care products or questions you want to have addressed in a future blog post, please don’t hesitate to give us a call in Augusta at (207) 873-2158 or
in Scarborough at (207) 303-0125.