Using a moisturizer can temporarily improve the appearance of wrinkles by locking in moisture on the surface of the skin.  Healthy skin has a protective outer layer that keeps moisture in and harmful elements such as dirt and bacteria out.  It is made up of stacked proteins surrounded by naturally occurring oils, called lipids.  When these lipids are lost due to over washing, temperature extremes, wind exposure, and the aging process in general, moisture escapes and the skin becomes dry and irritated.

Contrary to popular belief and the opinion of some experts, use of a moisturizer is not a universal necessity of a skin care regimen.  Not everyone needs to use one.  In fact, misusing a moisturizer or selecting one that is not compatible with your skin’s needs may do more harm than good.

These days, many women are using renewing products with active ingredients aimed at preventing or reducing the signs of aging.  These products often contain some moisturizing ingredients making the application of a moisturizer redundant, more costly, and sometimes counterproductive.  Generally, if you have oily or normal skin, you can forego basic moisturizers and use anti-aging products only.  If you suffer from dry skin and need to use one, apply it a few minutes after your renewing products to allow the active ingredients to be absorbed by the skin.

The ideal moisturizer should contain ingredients with multiple properties:

Occlusives coat the top layer of the skin to decrease evaporation.  Common substances with occlusive properties include lanolin, stearic acid, cetyl alcohol, caprylic/capric tryglyderide, mineral oil, and petrolatum.

Humectants penetrate the underlying skin and help absorb water.  Common substances with humectant properties include hyaluronic acid, glycerin, panthenol, propylene glycol, orbital, and urea.

Emollients soften and smooth skin texture.  Common substances with emollient properties include cyclomethicone, dimethicone, isopropyl myristate, octyl extenuate, isopropyl palmitate, isopropyl isostearate, and jojoba oil.

Keep in mind that moisturizers without anti-aging ingredients will temporarily improve the appearance and texture of the skin but will not provide any long-term benefits.  If you prefer to use only a moisturizer for reasons of simplicity and cost effectiveness, choose one that incorporates as many anti-aging ingredients as possible.  Pronutrex Advanced Wrinkle Cream is an excellent multi-tasking moisturizer as is Bliss The Youth As We Know It.

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Bliss The Youth As We Know It Moisture Cream

Bliss The Youth As We Know It Moisture Cream

The 10 most important age fighting ingredients Bliss has found in their 10 years of giving "great face," are now together in one incredibly effective age fighting moisture cream. This anti-aging formula contains many simultaneously high-performance ingred