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There's a reason women take care of their skin and use a moisturizer on top of every other skincare product in their routine. While the percentage of men using skincare is not as high as women, it doesn't make it less important. So listen up, fellas, if there's a product you need in your skincare routine, it's a moisturizer. But how does a moisturizer work, and why is it important? Let us explain:
Moisturizers are called that for a reason. Yes, they hydrate the skin, but there's more to it than just that. Moisturizers also have an occlusive effect (obviously because it's moisturizing). Occlusivity is the ability of something to keep water OUT. By locking in moisture, your skin can stay hydrated longer and even be restored better by any other skincare products you might use after applying your moisturizer.
Why is it important to moisturize your skin, especially for men? Well, did you know that the average guy is exposed to around 5-10 more sunburns than a woman before middle age? That's because men generally spend more time outside, and their skin is not as resistant or resilient as women's skin. So a moisturizer with SPF is an absolute must for any man who spends any time in the sun.
Using a moisturizer daily is key to keeping your skin hydrated and healthy. If you take a look at men who have been using moisturizers daily for 15-20 years, their skin will be much more resilient and healthy than men who either don't use a moisturizer or only apply it once every few days. Your moisturizing routine should start right after cleansing your face - that's when the pores are expanded, and your skin can actually absorb the ingredients in your moisturizer.
Moisturizers also have a substantial effect on anti-aging, which is why they should be used every day no matter what skin type or skin tone you have. Don't skip the moisturizer; the appearance of your skin doesn't lie. Dry, dehydrated skin ages your appearance and leaves your skin looking dull.
So there you have it, a complete answer on what a moisturizer is, how it works, and why you should use one daily.