Moisturizers 101

Woman using moisturizer

We all want soft and beautiful skin, but sometimes dryness can get in the way. With so many moisturizers to choose from, how do you pick the right one?

If you’re not experiencing any dryness, then you really don’t need to moisturize. But if you are like most of us, a little moisturization can do a lot of good. Moisturizers prevent and treat dry skin by holding water in the outermost layer of your skin. It also acts as a barrier for protection. Make sure the moisturizer you pick is right for your skin type, will bring out the best in your skin, and offers several hours of moisture protection—hint, hint... think Obagi Hydrate.

Get the most out of your facial moisturizer.
Moisturizers work by helping the skin hold on to its own moisture by sealing it in.¹ To get the most from your moisturizer, apply it when your skin is still moist. Typically that means right after you shower or bathe in the morning and after you wash up before you go to sleep.

Do you really need one for your body and one for your face?
There is a difference between a moisturizer designed for your face and one for the body. Although they may appear the same, body lotions are typically not designed for use near the eyes, and when formulas are made for rough areas like the elbows or knees, they are often too dense for your face.

There’s a wide range of moisturizers for varying skin types from oily skin to combination to dry skin and everything in between. Check the ingredients—moisturizers that contain alcohol can actually create dryness. And that passion fruit mango-scented moisturizer may remind you of a tropical vacation but the added fragrance can cause irritation.

This is no ordinary moisturizer!
Obagi Hydrate was made for all skin types and is a clinically proven moisturizer delivering 8 hours of continuous moisture. Hydrate is formulated with innovate Hydromanil technology, glycerin, shea butter, mango butter, and avocado to deliver instant and long-lasting moisture protection all day long.2,3 It’s a great addition to our other Obagi products, including the Nu-Derm Systems.

Make sure you take advantage of all this moisturizer knowledge to keep your skin soft, supple, and Obagi-smooth whenever dryness appears!

1. Mayo Clinic. Moisturizers: options for softer skin.http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/moisturizers/SN00042. Accessed February 14, 2013.
2. Data on file. TWEL/Moisturization evaluation of a skin care product. OMP, Inc.
3. Data on file. OMP, Inc.

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