As it turns out, good skin care is hardly a recent phenomenon. Archeologists studying Roman artifacts discovered a substance strikingly similar to modern-day moisturizers. The cream contained both animal fat and starch, a combination of ingredients designed to moisturize the skin while avoiding a greasy feel [Source: CBC].
Today, sheep fat has been replaced by humectants, occlusives and emollients that help lubricate the skin and also trap and retain moisture in the process. By applying moisturizers within minutes of getting out of a shower, you can combat everything from dry skin to more serious skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis. Moisturizing is particularly important in colder climates, where dry air and wind pull moisture out of the skin and leave it flaking and cracking. Of course, moisturizing won't solve all your skin care problems, particularly if you commit the next mistake on our list.