Beauty Q&A: Is It All Right to Skip the Moisturizer If My Skin Is Not Dry?

by Janelle Yau   |  Mar 28, 2017
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Although the current skin care trend is to go as high as ten steps in order to achieve great skin, a lot of girls still swear by the classic cleanse-tone-moisturize regimen. But despite the effectivity of the simple, 3-step skin care routine, a lot of girls still wonder if moisturizing is really necessary—especially if their skin is not dry anyway. To help put an end to your skin care confusion, we asked dermatologist Dr. Rhoda Espino whether it’s all right to skip this classic, third step.

Q: Is it all right to skip the moisturizer if my skin is not dry?

Dr. Rhoda: While it doesn't look like your skin needs a tub of moisturizer when it's not dry or dull, without the moisturizer, the skin becomes more prone to skin dryness. Although you might not see it, ditching the moisturizer also makes the skin barrier less resilient, allowing bacteria buildup to occur and cause skin infection. Aside from that, as you grow older the natural moisture in your skin lessens, too and without a nifty moisturizer, the skin is more prone to dehydration, which can cause premature wrinkles.


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Dr. Rhoda B Espino graduated from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila College of Medicine and received her training in dermatology in New South Wales Australia for Cosmetic and Aesthetic Medicine followed by Fellowship in Aesthetic Dermatology in the Philippine Academy of Aesthetic and Age Management Medicine and the Philippine Academy of Medical Specialists. She is currently a member of the Philippine Society in Anti-Obesity, a board director of PAAMMI, and is the CEO of EliteAsia Aesthetics Center.

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Janelle Yau
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The Rebecca Bloomwood of Manila. I spend half of my time obsessing about the latest fashion craze, and the other half overthinking and over-analyzing just about anything under the sun. When I’m not busy as a bee playing with fifty shades of pink lippies, you can probably catch me swiping my plastic for yet another pair of shiny, pointed gold flats.
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