Most of us are avid face moisturizers, never missing a morning or night of slathering on our favorite ultra-hydrating creams. But, if you were to stop moisturizing your face, what exactly would happen to your skin?
Read on for 8 things that may start happening with your skin if you stop moisturizing regularly (Hint: it is more than just the obvious “dryness”).
While this seems obvious and should go without saying, you may not know why not moisturizing can leave your skin looking and feeling dry.
Your skin makes its own moisturization, in the form of an oily secretion called sebum, but when you wash your face to remove dirt, dead skin, and excess oil, the sebum gets mostly washed away, leaving your skin unmoisturized and open to dehydration. If you don’t replace this in the form of a moisturizer after washing, your skin will become dry and start looking dull.
Without regular moisturization, those fine lines on your face may become...less fine and way more obvious. Well-moisturized skin helps physically plump out the skin layers, and this helps to plump out those lines too.
Your skin wants a layer of moisture, and if it doesn’t have it the normal protective barriers and correct pH levels of the skin can be disrupted. This protective layer disruption can come along with dryness, redness, and an overall low level of inflammation in your skin. For those that are already prone to inflammation, like acne or rosacea sufferers, skipping out on moisturizer can lead to exacerbations.
Poorly moisturized skin can lead to more sensitivity reactions when using certain not-so-gentle skincare products like salicylic acid, retinoids, or strong exfoliants. In addition, if you do have a nice base layer of a moisturizer, you may likely help stave off some of the irritating side effects of using salicylic acid or retinoids, so you can enjoy the skin benefits of these products without too many irritating side effects.
This is a big tip for those who like to use only excessively drying products when they have a breakout - moisturizer will help with acne.
Acne can develop or get worse when your skin’s natural defenses are removed, and this can happen when it gets overly dried out. You should, however, use only oil-free, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging) moisturizers if you are prone to acne.
Dry skin is itchy skin, so if you don’t like that tight and itchy feeling you get after using a very harsh stripping cleanser, you need to moisturize as soon as you can after washing your face and getting out of the shower to help lock in the moisture. This itchiness can also increase in the cold, winter months, or if the air lacks enough humidity, so moisturizer use may need to increase according to the weather.
Dry skin can become physically thinner and crease more as your face moves.
Over time, these creases formed over and over can cause more wrinkles. So, with well-moisturized skin, you may help prevent wrinkles from forming as well as reducing the appearance of the ones you already have by plumping out the skin.
Make-up will apply better to a nice, smooth, hydrated canvas.
So always apply moisturizer before attempting to apply your concealer, foundation, or eyeshadow, to avoid seeing all those products settling into fine lines and looking cakey.
Moisturized skin can help maintain the health and appearance of your skin over time, so skipping your daily moisturizing routine should not be an option. So, even if you are looking for ways to shorten your daily routine, getting rid of the moisturizer shouldn’t be one of the ones you choose.
Whether you have overly dry skin, normal skin, or oily skin, moisturizer is still a must to make sure your skin is looking and feeling its best. Whether you are using store-bought moisturizing creams, or prescription-strength beauty products, the important thing is that you use them regularly.