Practicing a good skincare routine can be difficult, however, one easy part to follow is moisturizing. It’s pretty simple, right?
Wrong. While slathering on a moisturizing formula before and after bed may seem simple, it can easily go wrong. A poorly chosen product for your skin type and careless application can result in all sorts of issues, from breakouts to dryness to sagging.
However, if you get the time, formula, and technique right, you’ll be fine.
Not sure the correct way to practice moisturizing? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.
Here’s how to get the most out of your moisturizer – and the mistakes to avoid. Follow these tips and you’ll see the difference in your skin before you know it.
Picking the Wrong Moisturizer for Your Skin Type
With so many different types of moisturizers on the market, the choice can be overwhelming. Often, we pick up an option that looks good enough but doesn’t work well with our skin type.
Every moisturizer is created with three types of ingredients. These include occlusives which protect the skin and hold moisture, emollients which restore damaged skin cells, and humectants which boost the water content of the skin.
Every moisturizer will contain a different combination of these ingredients so that they can improve different types of skin. So, the first step of moisturizing well is understanding your skin type so you can choose a formula to work well with it.
Avoiding Moisturizing Oily or Acne-Prone Skin
Do you have oily skin? Or perhaps you suffer from acne?
If so, you may get sucked into the idea of thinking that your skin doesn’t require moisturizer.
However, whatever your skin type, moisturizing is a must. If you don’t hydrate your skin, your body will produce more sebum, which is the natural oil that contributes to greasy skin and acne. As a result, you’ll only worsen the problem.
Instead of ditching the moisturizer altogether, look for lightweight gel products that feature ingredients such as retinol, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid. These super-ingredients all work well to reduce acne.
Phytomer Oligopur Hydra-Matifying Control Cream is a non-comedogenic and ultra-light formula that’s designed to reduce shine and combat oily patches on combination skin. Say hello to skin that’s matte and well-moisturized at the same time.
Applying Too Much Moisturizer
On the other end of the spectrum, many people with dry skin make the opposite mistake and over-moisturize skin. However, this makes your skin more dependent on moisture, and sebum levels will start to lessen.
Without the natural oils, your body produces to keep the skin soft, smooth, and supple, it will instead appear dull and tired.
Remember, applying more of a moisturizer doesn’t mean that your skin will absorb more. It means that you’ll be left with a thick and unnecessary layer of formula that your skin will climatize to, and that could block your pores and result in breakouts.
Using the Same Moisturizer Day and Night
Another easy mistake to make is using the same formula to moisturize skin in both the morning and at night. Day creams are typically light formulas full of antioxidants to help protect skin from environmental damage such as the sun. For this reason, many formulas also contain SPF.
Night creams, on the other hand, are richer and heavier. They’re created to penetrate the skin over a long period, which is why they work great overnight. They also feature deep replenishing ingredients such as retinol which you should avoid wearing during the day. This is because some of these ingredients are sensitive to sunlight.
For daytime moisturizing, use a formula like NeoCutis’s JOURNEE Revitalizing Day Cream with SPF30. This cream works to protect the skin during the day offering four advantages in one including skin revitalization, antioxidant care, hydration, and UVA and UVB protection.
For the evening, invest in Phytomer’s Night Recharge Youth Enhancing Cream. The rich formula works through the night to improve youthfulness and restore energy to the skin as you snooze. Talk about multi-tasking!
Forgetting Your Neck and Décolletage
Once we’ve finished rubbing our moisturizer into our face, many of us are done with the process.
However, by skipping our neck and chest area, we’re inviting our skin below the face to age faster, welcoming wrinkles and sagging. And as the neck area is more delicate and the skin is thinner, it’s one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Plus, your neck features fewer sebaceous glands, meaning it doesn’t create much oil itself in comparison
Nobody wants a wrinkled and sagging neck, so giving that area of skin some necessary TLC is crucial.
NeoStrata’s Triple Firming Neck Cream is a dedicated moisturizer for the neck area. Use this specially created formula to lessen visible signs of aging on the neck and décolletage, leaving you with firm, lifted, and supple skin.
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