We all know that moisturizing your skin is important, but do you know why?

The obvious answer is that your skin can get dry, but there are other ill effects that you need to know.

1. You could develop more wrinkles.

That’s right: Leaving moisturizer out of your routine today could lead to deeper wrinkles later on. Low levels of ongoing inflammation ultimately lead to a breakdown of collagen and accelerated aging.

2. The wrinkles you already have will look even worse.

Yes, going sans moisturizer can make your current lines look, well, less fine. Dehydrated skin shows all the lines. Want them to be less prominent? Plump up your skin with a moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid.

3. Your complexion will appear dull and flaky.

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.

4. It will aggravate your acne.

Sounds counterintuitive, but moisturizer really is your friend if you have blemishes. Dryness can actually make your acne worse. If you’re afraid of feeling too greasy, pick a moisturizer that suits your needs: for patients with acne-prone skin, I recommend using an oil-free, fragrance-free, noncomedogenic moisturizer along with your acne regimen.

5. You lose a layer of protection.

“Many of the most effective skincare ingredients like retinoids, salicycilc acid, and benzoyl peroxide tend to be very drying. So when you don’t follow them up with a moisturizer, you risk uncomfortable side effects like red, peeling skin. 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.

6. Your makeup won’t look so flawless.

You know those little lines under your eyes where your concealer creases? Those will look worse if you don’t hydrate your face before applying base makeup. For best results, wait about five minutes before using foundation so your moisturizer or primer can properly absorb. Bonus tip: Use a lip balm before putting on lipstick for long-lasting color.

7. Your skin will itch like crazy.

Do you know that tight feeling your skin has when you’ve just gotten out of the shower? Imagine that all day long. And if all the other reasons aren’t enough for you to slather on some moisture, just thinking about this should do the trick.

Do you have any other side effects when you don’t moisturize? Leave it in the comments down below and share this article with all your friends that don’t like moisturizing.

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