If you are into skin care, you probably already have a routine in place. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and its main function is protection against infection. Often, when people think of skin care, they think about facial skin care but all your skin requires attention to stay healthy. One of the key components of any skin care routine is moisturizer. Here, you will explore the role that moisturizer plays in skin care and how to use moisturizer to achieve the best results! Why should I moisturize my skin? Moisturizing has many benefits, and your skin will thank you for it. • Moisturizer keeps your healthy cells. • Moisturizer protects you from irritation. If your skin is dry and irritated, you may be more prone to redness, breakouts, itching, flaking, and infection. • Moisturizer can also prevent premature aging of the skin. We all want our skin to look young and supple for as long as possible! When should I use a moisturizer on my skin? Most dermatologists recommend using moisturizer twice daily, in the morning and at night. When you apply moisturizer in the morning as a part of your skin care routine, you ensure that your skin remains hydrated and supple throughout the day. At night, moisturizer helps the skin repair itself from the rigors of the day (sun exposure, environmental irritants, etc.) Are there different types of moisturizers? Yes, they are! One size does not fit all when it comes to skin care. You need to choose the right moisturizer based on your skin type (oily, dry, or combination). There are three types of moisturizers: 1. Humectant Moisturizer- It attracts water and keeps your skin hydrated 2. Occlusive Moisturizer- This type of moisturizer is pretty hardcore, it traps water in your skin. If you look at your labels you would probably see waxes or petroleum jelly among the ingredients 3. Emollient Moisturizer- They also trap moisture in the skin but they feel much lighter and penetrate faster into the skin. Skin care and moisturizer go hand in hand. Once you find the right moisturizer for you, you will be well on your way to healthy skin!