A Dove Article
Ever wonder why your skin gets dry? What your moisturiser really does? Or why you even need moisturised skin?
Moisturised skin is healthy skin
Your skin is a living, breathing organ, and it needs water in order to do its job - keeping germs, chemicals, the weather and other irritants from harming your body. But as much as 4 to 8 ounces of water is naturally lost through your skin every day.
Where does the water go?
Skin cells below the surface work hard to hold onto water through a combination of natural moisturisers that capture moisture and seal it in the cells. But harsh cleansing can strip skin of its natural moisturisers, and dry air can draw moisture out of the surface cells, leaving them dry and uncomfortable. That's where your body lotion comes in.
Your lotion at work
Moisturising lotions help restore the function of skin's natural moisturisers. Humectants, like glycerin, help lock in moisture to keep skin supple, while emollients help fill the gaps in the protective barrier to keep moisture in longer. You can boost these benefits by using a moisturiser daily on your face and body, applying while skin is slightly damp. You'll have soft, hydrated skin from head to toe in no time.
In cool weather, warm lotion between your hands for a few seconds before applying.