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Jamie Reed is an embalmer. She spends her days restoring dead people and making them beautiful for their journey into the great beyond. She recommends airbrushing to make bodies look “less dead,” as embalming makes the skin so firm,” there’s no way to work in your foundation.”
Is your face looking dull and lifeless? Welcome to the “Night of the Living Unmoisturized.” While you may not be dead yet, if you are not be using enough moisturizer, you may look like you are. If you are having trouble restoring life to your skin, it may be a sign that you need to up your usage. Here are some signs that your may not be moisturizing enough.
Your Complexion is Dull and Flaky
Debra Jaliman, MD, a dermatologist in New York city says, “In the winter, humidity levels plummet and the dry air can dehydrate your skin and strip it of lipids, which are part of its protective outer layer- so irritants can enter more easily and cause redness and flaking.”
You’re Developing more Wrinkles
While the dead are not likely to develop more wrinkles, the unmoisturized might. Dr. Whitney Bowe warns, “When the skin barrier is compromised, which is what we see when it becomes dry, there’s actually a low-grade chronic inflammation that occurs in the skin. Low levels of ongoing inflammation ultimately lead to a breakdown of collagen and accelerated aging.
The Wrinkles you Have are Getting Deeper
Before you reach for the embalming fluid and airbrush, you may want to know that moisturizer may be a less hazardous option, Dr. Bowe recommends moisturizers containing hyaluronic acid to make your fine lines look finer.
Your Acne will Get Worse
Although acne is often associated with excess moisture in the skin, Dr, Debbi Palmer warns, “Dryness can actually make your acne worse.” She recommends fragrance and oil-free moisturizers for the acne prone.
Your Makeup Doesn’t Look Seamless
If you don’t hydrate before applying base makeup, you’re going to be noticing a lot more concealer creasing. Dr. Bowe explains, “Makeup sticks to dry areas on the skin and even seeps into fine lines.” Wait five minutes before putting on foundation to give your moisturizer a chance to sink in for a polished finish, and, to get more wear out of lipstick. try prepping lips with balm.
You Lose a Protective Layer
Skin products with retinoids, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid , while effective, can be very drying. When used without moisturizer, the risk of developing side effects like peeling and red skin increases. Skin guru Dr. Bowe notes, “When this happens, most people stop using their powerful products regularly, so they wind up dealing with the side effects without reaping the full benefits.” The solution? Moisturize, moisturize!
Keep yourself out of danger of ending up on the embalming table and start applying the moisturizer! And stop scaring the rest of us! If you have had a great (or terrible) moisturizing experience, we are just dying to know! Please send in your comments and suggestions!