If you’ve read my blog for a while, you probably know that I have some skin issues. I should emphasize that. My skin has issues. I feel like I’m constantly struggling to balance the needs of my skin.
Over the years I’ve discovered that I need to be very vigilant about keeping my skin well moisturized. Moisturizers help to restore the skin’s barrier function, which is vital to maintaining optimal moisturization. But, it can’t be just any moisturizer. A moisturizer with heavy occlusive ingredients such as paraffin or petroleum just feels heavy on my skin.
I’ve found that using a moisturizer with ceramides (which already make up roughly 40% of the lipid layer in your skin’s outer cornified layer in the epidermis) is my best bet. Using said moisturizer within a few minutes of getting out of the shower is even better. Most dermatologists say the magic time is 3 minutes. Apply your moisturizer within 3 minutes of showering, so you can lock in moisture from the shower, before it evaporates.
Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer is a new moisturizer that I am really excited to use! They actually named it “Wet Skin Moisturizer”, because that is when you apply it to your skin. After showering, but while you’re still in the shower, you apply the moisturizer daily, before you even dry off. It penetrates deeply in to your skin, absorbing almost immediately and not feeling heavy or greasy after application. It has a special Advanced Ceramide Complex to mimic your skin’s own ceramides, and it has already received the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™.
I’ve already tried it once, and I was amazed at how smooth my skin immediately felt! I’ll check in again with a follow up post, but I couldn’t resist sharing this new find!