I saw two interesting headlines recently that caught my attention;
"People Prefer Someone With Soft Skin" and "Touching Soft Objects Lowers Blood Pressure." I remember in Japan, the term “marshmallow body” was a common phrase used in many beauty articles for promoting the ideal feminine body and soft, translucent skin.
Soooo, I looked into what is considered ideal, beautiful, soft skin and how to maintain it. I found that people determined beautiful skin by its flawless appearance and moisture. Moisturizing only the surface of the skin isn't enough. It’s crucial to also moisturize deep in the stratum corneum, the deeper layers of skin because that’s what will make your skin feel ultra soft. You can maintain the skin’s tightness, smoothness, and softness when the stratum corneum contains a sufficient amount of moisture. After all, the key is to moisturize thoroughly to firm the skin!
So, how does dry skin occur? The skin on your face contains a combination of sebum, a natural moisturizing factor (NMF), and keratinocyte lipids. The ratio for these three is 2~3% sebum, 17~18% NMF, and about 80% inter-cellular lipids. Your skin drys out when these three things in the stratum corneum are not maintained at their necessary levels.
The benefits of moisturized skin aren’t just that it feels good, and is soft to the touch, but having moisturized skin also helps prevent breakouts from acne. Let’s stay extra conscious in the pursuit of baby soft, moisturized, firm skin during this dry, winter season.