Moisturizing: Our right and Wrong Choices

We always fail to acknowledge the importance of moisturizer. Hold Up!!! Before you run away yelling there’s a moisturizer lunatic on the loose, hear me out! Doesn’t matter whether you have dry skin or oily skin, whether you’re a guy or a girl, you need moisturizer. People with oily skin should go for a water base moisturizer than a normal moisturizer.

Now, how is moisturizer important? First off, not using a moisturizer can cause pre-mature aging! Now, no one wants to look like an old hag when they’re only 30, do they?! We all want good skin and moisturizing is one of the 1st steps to it. Moisturizers act as lubricants on your skin.

When your skin feels dry and tight, you are more likely t get more wrinkles because rough surfaces create more friction-simple physics!!! A chemical named emollients in your moisturizer penetrates your skin and makes it soft, supple and flexible. So when you do not have moisturizer on, every time you move your face, a lot of cells are dying due to friction which leads to, again, premature aging – whereas a hydrated face looks plump and beautiful.

Moving on, moisturizers also help in trapping the moisture inside our body, keeping our body hydrated. Above all, a hydrated skin always radiates. Now comes the hard part- keeping your body hydrated- Drinking Water!!! Drinking water not only hydrates our skin but also washes away the toxins that may cause premature aging of the skin, acne, rashes, etc. More than that, it helps your metabolism – keeping your bodyweight in check. (That was an off-topic additional tip, but an advice anyways) When you do not drink enough, your eyes look sunken and your face loses its internal glow.

So drinking eight to ten glasses of water is a must, right? Wrong!!! Water intake depends on your heart conditions, how active you are and where you live. So it depends from one person to the next as no single formula can fit everyone. But here are two general methods to find out how much water you should be taking:

Method 1: If your body weight is 60 kg, 60 x 0.3 = 18 deciliters or 1.8 Liters of water (this is only the minimum!!!). But if you want to stay healthy and lively, multiply the result with 1.5. The result you get is the optimum amount you should be taking.

Method 2: But again, to be as healthy as a chipmunk, the result should be multiplied by 1.5 for the optimum daily intake. I know, we forget about drinking water, so I would suggest you to set alarms on your phone, preferably 2 to 3 hours apart. Believe me, it helps and you should start to feel the difference within a few days. All this talk about drinking water and moisturizing is making me thirsty. So I will be off to make myself a shake. Oh yes, take a lot of fluids, whether it be fruit juice or lassi, keep yourself hydrated.

By: Anika Yasmin Mubassira, (A-Level)

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