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Spa myths and legends, part 3: how moisturisers work

Here at the Good Spa Guide we love nothing more than silky smooth, dewy skin and creamy, decadent moisturisers. However, it's worth knowing and understanding what a moisturiser does, to make sure you aren't being fed a tall tale.

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Your skin is made up of three main layers:

* epidermis - the outer layer

* dermis – underneath the epidermis, containing blood vessels, nerve endings, hair roots and sweat glands

* subcutaneous fat – containing larger blood vessels and nerves

Moisturisation works in two ways. When you moisturise, you help to replenish water stores within your skin. Also, the act of moisturisation creates a protective layer that helps reduce evaporation of water coming up from lower layers of skin.

Moisturisers, oils and body lotions, no matter how wonderfully scented, expensive or creamy will not seep below the epidermis, but they can protect it. A moisturiser works on the surface of the skin.

Feeling moisturised and avoiding dry skin is a Spa Spy must, but no cream can alter your muscle tone, make you thinner or permanently remove wrinkles. They can, however, allow your skin to better retain moisture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and help your make up go on smoother and last longer.

Facial massage can help reduce puffiness, reduce tension and headaches, and improve skin tone. Instead of splashing your cash on the most expensive, celebrity-endorsed skin cream, try a facial that incorporates gentle acupressure. A pressure-point massage will make your skin look better, and make you feel better, too!