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This Is What Happens When You Don’t Use Moisturizer

This Is What Happens When You Don’t Use Moisturizer

I love lotion. No, really—like, I love love it. Every single night, I slather moisturizer all over my body and face like I’m a dehydrated sea sponge washed ashore, and during the day, I compulsively apply hand cream so often that my computer mouse is permanently slippery. So when two other Allure editors announced that they rarely, if ever, use moisturizer, my brain short-circuited. “But…but your skin needs moisture!” I cried out, channeling my inner dermatologist and surgeon general. “…Right?” I mean, what if I’m just addicted to lotion? What would really happen if I stopped moisturizing for a few days—a few weeks—a year?! Think of the money I’d save on not buying my monthly Gold Bond supply! I quickly emailed my derm squad for backup.

“Your skin absolutely needs moisturizer,” says Mona Gohara, a dermatologist at Yale University, who also told me that no, your skin can’t get “addicted” to moisturizer (though my bank statement begs to differ). “Your skin is the biggest organ in your body,” she says. “It’s not bloody or guts-y, but it’s still an organ, and organs need water.” OK, sure, that makes sense. But what would really happen if I stopped slathering today, cold turkey? How long before I’d turn into the Crypt Keeper? Because I love my skin too much to test this experiment, I asked Gohara for the timeline of what would happen to your skin sans moisturizer. Click here to find out.

Credit: By Chloe Metzger,

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