These winter months create a whole new meaning to the word ‘dryness’. Have you ever felt like your skin was about to crack open even though you use lotion every day? Well, if you answered yes, you are not alone. My quest for the perfect lotion started back in high school, now I’m not about to age myself but that was quite some time ago and the search felt never-ending.
I have always had an aversion to scents, and with how sensitive my skin is finding a fragrance-free formula for my lotion was an absolute must.
Now I can’t say that Cerave moisturizing cream was particularly new to me, I’ve definitely seen it before at drugstores and my everyday department store but I never picked it up, until one fateful day I carelessly tossed it in my cart and said “it can’t hurt”.
It was love at first glide! (technically, I guess it was love at first application, but glide sounds better, so we’ll stick with that) this application was smooth, thick, and best of all not sticky! Have you ever had those lotions where you felt like it had no substance to them? All runny and watery and virtually evaporating before your eyes? Well, not Cerave! applying it was like adding a protective invisible layer to my skin but don’t get ahead of yourself here, there’s a method to this madness.
Ever heard of transepidermal water loss? Well, I hadn’t either, but while applying lotion after a shower I always did it on damp skin, my skin just felt better when I applied my lotion this way, so I continued to do it despite the looks of oddity I’d receive from others.
When applying moisturizer to damp skin, it actually helps seal in moisture and helps protect its barrier. Transepidermal water loss is the amount of water that passively evaporates through the skin to the external environment. Applying a thick moisturizer to the skin while it is still damp helps to seal in that moisturizer making for a happier skin barrier.
Ceramides help create a protective barrier for the skin, locking in moisture and preventing dryness.
Hyaluronic acid also helps to alleviate dry skin and can aid in the ageing process by reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
So, the next time you’re out shopping and happen to come across this gold in a bottle, give it a try!
Until next time,
Have you tried Cerave? What you favourite lotion in the winter?