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  • August 19, 2022 5 min read


    When it comes to a skincare routine, the order of application of the product matters a lot. Applying a serum after moisturizer makes no sense, and the expected effectiveness of the serum is not likely to be achievable.

    The good procedure is to start applying your skincare routine products in order of thickness, starting with the thinnest to the thickest product. This suggests that CBD serum needs to be applied to the skin after a moisturizer. We have discussed how the products are used to bring maximum results. You don't have to possess and use all these products, but knowing how to use them is the key to helping your skincare work well.

    What is a Moisturizer?

    Also known as emollient, it is a beauty product used to protect, lubricate, and moisturize the skin. The functions are done by sebum manufactured by healthy skin.  "Emollient'' is derived from Mollie, which means to soften.

    Mechanism of Action

    Water is lost from the inner layers of skin in the human body to control the water concentration; our skin preserves dry skin as a barrier to prevent dirt, pathogens, or destruction while protecting the skin against dehydration. According to Hartini et al. (2020), moisturizer reduces the frequency of losing water due to active ingredients, namely: occlusive and humectants.


    Form a layer on the skin's surface to keep the moisture intact. The bigger the formulation of occlusive, the more its effectiveness. Aqueous creams are less occlusive than ointments. A layer applied to normal skin can control the loss for many l hours. Naturally produced oils by human skin condense through the same process.


    They moisturize the skin by absorbing water present in the air. Their source of water is the outer layer of the skin to the inner layer of the skin making it dryer. Dal'Belo et al. (2006) did not find any relationship between humectants and moisturizers. When practically used, they almost combine with occlusive. Moisturizers contain water that temporarily acts like a hydrating agent and a way to absorb some ingredients and loss of moisturizer into the atmosphere.


    There are several moisturizers. Petrolatum moisturizer is one of the best moisturizers, but it can lose its popularity due as a result of its oily flexibility. Other known moisturizers include acetyl alcohol, glycols, oil from silicone, stearic acid, as well as castor oil. Moisturizers are also available in different forms such as creams and soap substitutes. Oils obtained from waxes and minerals are reluctant to oxidation and rancidity. They have become an alternative for oils in emollients and topical medication. Moisturizer lotions have antioxidants, ceramides, fragrances, enhancers, emulsifiers, preservatives, and solvents. According to Chularojanamontri et al. (2014), moisturizers are claimed to have greater skin impacts.


    Frantz et al. (2019) determined that CBD treats certain psoriasis, xerosis, pruritus, and atopic dermatitis. They are primary for topical medication. They are used together with humectants like salicylic acid. Moisturizers are mostly used as sunscreens, skin cleaners, cream shavers, and hair toners. Disposable napkins are used with moisturizers to stop dry skin and napkin dermatitis. Moisturizers show useful results for eczema.

    Potential Risks of Moisturizers


    It may lead to allergies and can end in the entrance of foreign organisms. Environmental changes in the skin can as well support the overgrowth of disease-causing organisms.


    Those containing aromas and some food additions might result in allergies. Those containing eczema are prone to allergic reactions due to lotions since their skin gives a way for preservatives to join functioning immune cells. Daily moisturization during the early days may lead to the emergence of allergies, mostly through sensitization.

    Fire Risk

    Paraffin-based moisturizers with other contaminants can cause a fire threat. The medicines and healthcare products Regulatory Agency warned against the flammability of fuel moisturizers. It is recommended skin creams having fuel such as paraffin have a warning against fire.

    Brands of Moisturizers

    Moisturizers have a wide variety of brands; among the few are; Artistry, Aveeno, Birth and body works, CeraVe, Cetaphil, Curel, Dial, Eucerin, Gold Bond, Garnier, Jergens, Johnson& Johnson, Lux, Neutrogena, Nivea, Sebamed, Sensavor, Simple skincare, Suave, and Vaseline. Prices also differ depending on the variety and the quantity of the brand.

    Importance of Moisturizers and Sebum

    Dehydrated skin lacks water or missing sebum. Ally, the founder of ANFISA Skin, commented on Zoe Report. She recommends using sebum as butter or jelly. The skin requires both moisturizers and sebum to balance. It is important to stay with a daily moisturizing regime, even if your skin seems to be oily. When the skin lacks a linoleic base and is dominantly made of an oleic base, the natural sebum of the skin becomes thicker and sticker, thus blocking pores resulting in pain and many skin diseases. Dermatologists agree including linoleic acid in your daily skincare regime might help to regulate acne levels through the help of the sebum. The balm has oils that nourish better in linoleic base, which helps balance oil production with extra production of oil. Cocktailing a moisturizer is simple and safe in the formulation. It blends with anyone's skin skincare routine without any worry or concerns. Retinol products work best with thinner moisturizers. In water-based moisturizers, some of the water is taken into the body via the skin while others are lost in the atmosphere. Ingredients like glycerin together with hyaluronic acid are often used in water-based moisturizers to prevent evaporation.  Moisturizers that are made using water are not heavier, they are good during summer or skin is oily.


    According to Dr. Heather Rodgers, a board-certified dermatologist and dermatological surgeon, the daily application of skincare products ensures that your skin acquires the total benefits of each product. The order of application is immeasurably crucial. The skin's work is to keep things out, but most of the skincare products we use have ingredients that we want to get into. When perfectly applied and formulated, you will likely get the best results. Apart from the order of application, it is also of value to consider the time your skin takes to absorb your products.   Do not complicate your skincare routine. Nobody has enough time to wait for long absorbing products. Give each product time to react. Wash the moisturizer and apply the sebum. Listen to your skin because you are unique, and nobody else has your skin. No matter what dermatologists say, it is important to find what works best for you and always be kind to your skin.


    Chularojanamontri, L., Tuchinda, P., Kulthanan, K., & Pongparit, K. (2014). Moisturizers For Acne: What Are Their Constituents?. The Journal Of Clinical And Aesthetic Dermatology, 7(5), 36.

    Dal'Belo, S. E., Rigo Gaspar, L., & Berardo Gonçalves Maia Campos, P. M. (2006). The Moisturizing Effect Of Cosmetic Formulations Containing Aloe Vera Extract In Different Concentrations Was Assessed By Skin Bioengineering Techniques. Skin Research And Technology, 12(4), 241-246.

    Frantz, T., Wright, E. G., Balogh, E. A., Cline, A., Adler-Neal, A. L., & Feldman, S. R. (2019). Topical And Oral Therapies For Childhood Atopic Dermatitis And Plaque Psoriasis. Children, 6(11), 125.

    Hartini, H., Vlorensia, H. A., Martinus, A. R., & Ikhtiari, R. (2020). The Effect Of A Moisturizing Cream Containing Saccharide Isomerate And Ceramide On Reducing Transepidermal Water Loss In Eczema.