Moisturizer? That is a word (and a product) that we don’t use here at Smooth.

You have probably been told that you are supposed to moisturize morning and night to keep your skin healthy, hydrated, and youthful. Well, unfortunately, that is not true.

Moisturizing can be quite addictive which is something cosmetic companies count on in order to sell you their products. While they feel, smell, and sound luxurious, moisturizers are not the best thing for your skin as moisturizing actually shuts down your hydration receptors alone with compacting dead surface cells that the skin is trying to eliminate.

Let’s dig in a little bit more.

Using topical hydration (such as moisturizers and creams) signals to the skin that it is being hydrated from an outside source and tells the skin that it does not need to work to produce its own hydration. This result is the skin shutting down those receptors, leaving them inactive. When these receptors are shut down they stop sending water and nutrients (needed to produce collagen and elastin) to the skin. So, even though your skin may feel like it is full of bounce and hydration, it actually just appears that way on the surface. The skin is not producing any of the collagen or elastin that actually makes your skin look hydrated and youthful. This actually does more harm to your skin than good.

When cells are NOT receiving hydration signals from topical products (aka. when you’re not using any moisturizers or creams), they work to produce collagen and elastin, while hydrating from within. Cells deliver hydration to the skin and replace dead or damaged skin cells that no longer help your skin. The skin has it’s own way of working and functioning properly. The main goal in skincare should always be to use the right products to help the skin function as effectively as possible.

So forget what you learned when you were younger about your daily moisturizer and let your skin take control of its own hydration.

Dr. Zein Obagi, founder of ZO Skin Health, made a great video explaining this in more detail. Click here to watch.