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The role of a moisturiser in skincare

the role of a moisturiser


The role of a moisturiser in skincare is to moisturise. Obvious, right?! Well, surprisingly, people often forget that. Consider a glass of water. Once the glass is full, adding more water will not fill it up more. Likewise, if your skin is not dry, applying more moisturiser will not contribute anything.

Moisturise only if your skin is dry. The role of a moisturiser is not to delay ageing and will also not prevent wrinkles.

If your skin is dry, however, apply the moisturiser as infrequently as is necessary to alleviate the dryness. Start with once a day and increase the frequency of application from there.

Rather spend your money on a good sunblock and apply it regularly. Even for people with dry skin, applying only a sunblock might be sufficient to moisturise their facial skin, because most of a sunblock is a moisturiser.

6 thoughts to “The role of a moisturiser in skincare”

  1. Dear Dr. Louw..i have on both sides of my cheeks brown patch. I have been using the obagi products since Dec 2015 . It has been four months now and I don’t see anything sign of improvement. I have a radiance peel once a month. What other product can use . Thank you

    1. Good day Soraya

      Glycolic Acid peels, Laser and prescribed topical applications, as well as sunscreen, are indicated for Hyperpigmentation.

  2. HI,
    My elbows are dark brown and hard and it looks as if I never wash or clean them. I have tried various creams, tried to “bleach them” using Javal/Jik, to no avail. It has been suggested that the use of a commercial skin bleach may help. Can you help please. Michael.

    1. Dear Michael. I would not use potential irritants like commercial skin bleach, because it might lead to worse pigmentation. If possible, rather come and show me so that we can make a diagnosis first.

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