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This is the introduction of a five-part series dedicated to moisturizers.
I, by no means, am claiming to be an expert in dermatology. I’ve done my best to be as thorough as possible during my research. If you’re an expert and find an inaccuracy, please let me know and I’d be happy to investigate. This is a learning experience for me too.
I’ve pondered writing about moisturizers for a long time. Mostly because I’ve noticed my skin doesn’t look as great as it once did, which I think is due to a few things. Firstly, I’ve haven’t put forth effort to take care of my skin. While I did use Proactiv when I was in high school, that stopped partway through university. My acne has definitely returned since stopping Proactiv. Unfortunately, when I tried returning to Proactiv, I broke out in hives (I think they changed their formulation). In addition, I’ve built up some nasty habits from depression and anxiety that definitely don’t help out my skin. (Namely picking at and rubbing my skin – bad habit, don’t do it, great way to get pimples and scarring). As a result, I’m trying to get into self-care. Admittedly, this is hard when some days I don’t even want to get out of bed.
I’ve frequently found myself standing at Walmart (Canadian here – what even is Target?) trying to figure out what moisturizer I should buy. There’s honestly so many, and most of them make similar claims. Being a biochemist, I want to know how these things work and how I can use that information to pick out a good moisturizer for my skin. Sure, I could go to a Dermatologist, but that requires a doctor’s appointment which we also don’t do. Thus began my quest to learn as much as I could about moisturizers.
While researching, I found that most of the information was spread across many different sources, and it was frustrating that it wasn’t all in one place. So, I’ve compiled all the information I found (and debunked some of it), and split it up into a five-part series. The first section covers skin basics where I discuss some of the structural properties of skin, how skin maintains moisture, and some contributing factors to dry/dehydrated skin. The next section discusses the various formulations of moisturizers. The remaining three sections discuss ingredients found in moisturizers.
My ultimate goal of this series is for you (and I) to be able to walk into a drugstore, pick up a moisturizer and be able to understand what the ingredients are and how they are being used in the product. Then, using this information, be able to make an informed decision about whether that product would be good for your skin! That’s the goal anyways.
Once I’m finished all five segments, I’ll be providing a free printable guide and checklist that you can fill out and take with you to help you find moisturizers while shopping!
If you’re interested in finding out what I learned, check out the links below.
- Moisturizer Ingredients (Coming soon)
- Ingredients you NEED (Coming soon)
- Ingredients to AVOID (Coming soon)