When to Switch to a New Moisturizer
Change doesn't happen overnight. Or does it? Changes can happen gradually or quickly when it comes to your skin, depending on the underlying cause. Skin changes are typically related to genetic makeup, aging, environmental factors, nutrition, and other determinants.
When skin changes occur, we often turn to a trusted moisturizer to relieve our symptoms. That's because moisturizers, like Neolastin's Rejuvenate & Hydrate Moisturizing Cream, revitalize skin cells and restore balance to the skin, leaving it soothed, nourished, replenished, and radiant. If you are experiencing any of the following, it may be time to switch to a new moisturizer.
You Are Entering a Different Stage of Skin Age
As skin ages, cells reproduce at a slower rate and begin to produce less collagen and elastin. When these changes occur, the skin becomes thinner and loses its elasticity, leading to lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Let's take a look at how your moisturizer needs change through the decades.
In your 20s, your skincare regimen should remain relatively simple and would generally involve twice-daily cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. When choosing a moisturizer, look for moisture-retaining ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, to ensure a dewy, glowing complexion. Taking the time to exfoliate twice a week and apply a mask once or twice a week can also promote suppleness and radiance. And never leave the house without sunscreen! This youthful decade is about taking preventative measures so you can enjoy a future of beautiful skin.
In your 30s, it's a good idea to change your moisturizer to something a bit richer and more potent. It's during this decade that you're likely to begin seeing an increase in fine lines and a loss of elasticity. Now is a great time to start using a moisturizer with potent ingredients, such as amino acids like Serine, to help prevent future skin concerns. If you also begin to develop damage such as dark spots in your 30s, it's high time to get with the sunscreen program.
In your 40s, you'll probably notice the signs of aging becoming more noticeable. Estrogen levels begin declining, thereby reducing collagen levels, making your skin thinner and more prone to wrinkle formation. Maturing skin will benefit most from a moisturizer that addresses the loss of moisture, nutrients, and natural oils. Look for a moisturizer containing powerful ingredients, such as Aminobutyric Acid, which has water-binding properties to reduce wrinkles and smooth the skin.
During this stage of your life, you'll begin to notice even thinner skin and more sagging. The beginning of bone loss in the jaw area can lead to jowls, and fat loss starts to create a sunken look. Lines and wrinkles become more pronounced, and hyperpigmentation increases. Look for scientifically researched and proven moisturizers, such as Neolastin's Rejuvenate & Hydrate Moisturizing Cream with Nuflex technology, to keep your skin looking fresh and revitalized.
While you can't hold off aging forever, using the right skincare products can keep you looking and feeling your best at any age.
You Are Starting a Medication
Certain medications, such as antihistamines, acne treatments, cholesterol medications, and blood pressure drugs, can cause dry, flaky, itchy skin. Taking multiple medications simultaneously can have compounding effects. Combining cholesterol medication with blood pressure pills is likely to cause double trouble for your skin.
Using a powerful moisturizer will deliver immediate moisture to your skin, keeping it soft and supple when medications are taking a toll.
You Are Experiencing a Discoloration, Irritation, or Discomfort
While moisturizers are best known for preventing and treating dry skin, they can also protect sensitive skin, improve skin texture, and address imperfections. Look for a skincare line that harnesses the power of science to heal skin and provide transformational results to a wide range of skin issues. You'll want a moisturizer that stimulates collagen and elastin production to improve your skin's resilience, and a blend of hyaluronic acid to infuse your skin with moisture for a smoother, more supple appearance.
If regular moisturizing doesn't improve your skin condition or you develop new skin concerns, see your doctor or dermatologist.
You Are Experiencing Diminished Results
There is no doubt that moisturizing is an essential part of your daily skincare routine. That makes it all the more disappointing when your go-to product no longer seems to work like it once did. If you think your favorite moisturizer is not as effective as it used to be, it’s time to take a moment and try to identify the underlying cause. There could be any number of reasons why your favorite formula isn't delivering the usual results, ranging from small tweaks in your skincare routine to the introduction of new ingredients. Here are a few to consider:
- The product has expired
- You are storing the product incorrectly
- Products are being used in the wrong order
- You are experiencing hormonal disruptions
- Medication is interfering with the effectiveness
- Product is applied at the wrong time of day
- Product formulation has changed
- Your routine is not consistent
- You are not properly exfoliating
While it can take some time to identify the root cause, the effort will be well worth it. A few small tweaks could be all that you need to fall back in love with your skin's best friend.