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Is it too late to moisturize?

<p>With el sol becoming a harsher mofo by the day, your skin needs extra care. Here's what you can do: Moisturize</p>
| Aug 19, 2009
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Moisturizers. We know what you're thinking: can't spell it, can't even pronounce it. But you see, we're all the same, covered in skin. Perhaps it's time to be a bit more proactive in taking care of your skin.

You don't have to do as she does. But you can certainly do better. Why? Because the world isn't what it used to. You've pollution to contend with, for one. Harsh airconditioning in the office, for another. And you all know about global warming. The sun is harsher, which means everyday exposure can burn you up good. Which means dry, rubbery skin, skin cancer, yadda, yadda, yadda.

So. Moisturizer. It'll give your better skin. Couple it up with sunblock and it'll protect it, too. It conditions the skin, helping it heal and regenerate cells. Too in depth, we know so let's go about the basics.

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Moisturizers come in lotion or cream form. They both do everything in the previous paragraph, but the different is that creams, because they are thicker, work best with dry or flaky skin.

Apply after washing your face. Or if shaving's on the agenda, after shaving. Pat dry with a clean towel. Diligent folks will say you'll need to do this morning and night, but really, after morning showers is okay.

Just a pea-sized amount of the product is good; you don't need tons of it. Key areas: forehead, cheeks, and chin. Spread in light circular motion, working your way down the neck. Add a little at a time, when needed.

Avoid: one that contains fragrance (may cause bad reaction), mineral oils (may leave a greasy film), lanolin (is comedogenic and may cause b reakout in acne-prone skin), SD alcohol and formaldehyde (may dry up the skin). Also, don't reach for her bottle—your skin is different from hers so get your own.

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