8 Scientific Explanations For How The Products You Use Every Day Actually Work

Really interesting….

Thought Catalog

1. Moisturizers

via Flickr - Shawn Campbellvia Flickr – Shawn Campbell

You may have an idea that the moisturizer you use every day somehow adds moisture to your skin. I mean, lotions are marketed as moisturizers so why would you believe otherwise? Well, they don’t. Moisturizing lotions absolutely do not add any moisture to your skin whatsoever because your skin isn’t permeable in that way. You can’t just smear a moist substance on your skin and watch as it “absorbs” into your skin cells. That doesn’t happen. Here’s what actually happens.

Moisturizing lotions are typically made up of four kinds of agents:

  • Humectants are designed to pull moisture from the air and from the lower layers of your skin up into the top layer that you can actually see.
  • Occlusives are designed to form a barrier on your skin which will slow down the amount of water your skin loses to evaporation (think lotion…

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Santosh Namby

A lover of Nature who loves photography and works as a Civil Servant, Santosh Namby Chandran has been a photographer for several years. Starting with a point and shoot 35mm film camera from canon to progressing to a film SLR and then a DSLR, his photographic journey has been a long one, filled with immense learning. Trained as an Ecologist and a Civil Servant, he merges his worlds and moves seamlessly though the corridors of power as well as overgrown jungles. An avid trekker and hiker, he has a penchant for shooting butterflies and birds...

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