What could be simpler than moisturizer? You just slap it on, rub it in, and sit back and expect more hydrated radiant skin, right? Well, not exactly.
You may have noticed that your moisturizer isn’t working like you expected it would. Perhaps your skin is still dry, dull, or maybe even breaking out.
You may have assumed it was the product itself—that it didn’t have good ingredients or wasn’t a quality formula.
That could be true. There are a lot of sub-par products out there. But it’s also possible that your moisturizing technique needs work. Huh? There’s a moisturizing technique?
We all know that moisturized skin is younger-looking skin. Dryness exacerbates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles thus makes the skin look dull and lifeless.
If your typical routine is just to apply moisturizer when it crosses your mind, however, you’re wasting your money on your moisturizer.
Because there’s actually a proper way to apply it to give your skin the maximum benefits.
① You Don’t Use One at All
There’s a common misconception that oily skin doesn’t need moisture after being cleansed, but this simply isn’t true. Everyone needs a moisturizer no matter how oily your skin is.
When you wash with harsh cleansers and don’t moisturize, your skin begins to overproduce oil to replenish the moisture it’s missing. Instead, use oil-free moisturizers and oil-free foundations to keep it from getting too greasy.
② Applying Moisturizer Too Aggresively
It’s important to treat your skin carefully when applying moisturizer — don’t just slap it on and rub it in, as tugging and pulling can actually damage skin and lead to wrinkles. Apply it gently in circular motions using clean fingertips, then use your ring finger to apply moisturizer and eye cream to your delicate eye area.
③ Using a Moisturizer Not Right for Your Skin
Everyone needs a moisturizer, but not everyone has the same skin type. Look for ingredients that are right for you. For instance, if you have oily skin use a light-weight and non-comedogenic moisturizer to avoid clogged pores.
If you have sensitive skin stay away from products that have fragrances in them, they can sometimes be irritating.
④ You Don’t Let Your Moisturizer Sink In Before Applying Your Makeup
Apply your makeup a few minutes after you have applied your moisturizer. If you do this, your makeup is more likely to last all day. If you are in a rush blot your skin first with a tissue. Then apply your makeup.
⑤ You Dont Exfoliate Enough
You will never experience full benefits of moisturizer if you don’t exfoliate the top layer of your skin. Your best bet is to use a cleansing brush or a good exfoliator at least 3x a week.
Credit: New Beauty Magazine
Originally Posted at: easyhacker
Calleigh is passionate about inspiring others to a healthy living and encourages to re-discover their lifestyle. Her keen interest in health shines through in her written work on DIY skin care, beauty tips, healthy and active lifestyles.