Moisturizing the skin properly takes more than just a swipe here and a dab there. You need to know how to moisturize your skin properly in order to reap the benefits for supple, glowing skin. Follow these tips to be sure your hydrating routine is maximizing your moisturizer.
Find the Right Moisturizer for Your Skin
Always use the right moisturizer. The body lotion is not meant for use on the face. In fact, according to Dr. Adebola Dele-Michael, using body lotion on the face leads to breakouts and skin irritation.
This is because the lotions made for elbows and knees are thicker and can clog facial pores, leading to acne breakouts. Your facial skin is delicate and much less resilient than your hands and feet. Treat it properly by using a moisturizer formulated for your facial skin type.
Individuals with normal skin should use moisturizers with natural oils. Those who suffer from dry skin should look for thicker lotions that have an ability to lock in moisture.
Apply Your Moisturizer Evenly
Be sure to apply the moisturizer evenly around the face, being careful not to allow it to settle along the hairline or near the ears. This, along with hair products, can cause clogged pores. Apply moisturizer evenly to prevent clogs, paying particular attention to the “T” zone where natural oils tend to build for oily skin and dryness creeps up for those with dry skin.
Use SPF Moisturizer the Right Way
SPF moisturizers are often used on the face while any leftovers are smoothed down over the neck. Avoid doing this. Apply a nickel-sized amount of moisturizer to the face and a quarter-sized amount to the neck and chest area.
Your neck is an extension of your face, and it needs attention, too. This helps you avoid wrinkles caused by sun damage. Be sure to apply enough to protect the skin on the entire face and neck area.
Moisturize Right after Showering
Apply moisturizer to skin right after showering to take advantage of the shower’s moisture. Leaving your skin bare after a shower begins the dehydration process.
Step out of the shower and put your moisturizer on your face. You can also take advantage of moisturizing the rest of your skin with body lotion in this manner.