Helpful tips to moisturize your skin correctly and effectively
Moisturizing is simple, right? You find a moisturizer you like, and then you rub it on your skin. Except… it’s not quite that simple. Moisturizing doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does require a little more thought beyond simply slathering lotion on your skin.
You need to moisturize every day
While your moisturizer needs may change from season to season and/or as you age, almost everyone should moisturize each day. Make moisturizing (usually once or twice daily) a part of your daily routine. And remember, while most people only consider their face when it comes to a moisturizer, the rest of your body needs it too. Make a habit of moisturizing your entire body.
When should you moisturize?
Most experts recommend that you moisturize immediately after cleansing. So, you should moisturize soon after your morning shower, and/or after washing your face at night. Applying your moisturizer while your skin is still slightly damp helps to “seal” in the moisture.
Do you have oily skin? You still need to moisturize.
One of the biggest skin care mistakes you can make is skimping on (or skipping entirely) moisturizer when your skin is oily. Your body maintains a balance; skipping moisturizer can signal your sebaceous glands (the glands responsible for your skin’s natural oils) to actually produce more oil. If you have acne or other blemishes – or simply oily skin – use a light, oil-free lotion to moisturize your skin.
Avoid harsh formulations and ingredients
Before purchasing or using any moisturizer, you should determine your skin type (https://mellisabnaturally.com/its-important-to-know-your-skin-type-heres-how-to-figure-it-out/). Then you will want to make sure you avoid any ingredients that can irritate your skin type or exacerbate any skin issues or concerns you have. A good rule of thumb is to stay away from alcohols and fragrances. And always patch test before slathering any new product all over your face or body.
Look for ingredients that will protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier
Natural fatty acids and ingredients like hyaluronic acid and argan oil can help moisturize and protect skin’s moisture barrier. And remember that a formula rich in moisture doesn’t necessarily have to be thick or heavy. Sometimes the best, most nourishing ingredients, can be found in the lightest, freshest moisturizers. Do your ingredient research to find the best ingredients and formulation for your skin.
Be aware of changes in your skin
If you experience any changes in your skin (redness, irritation, breakouts, etc.) you should address them right away. Sometimes dry patches that don’t respond to your normal moisturizer can signal a skin condition that needs professional treatment. And sometimes your skin care products themselves may be responsible for your skin concerns. Any time you see an unexpected change in your skin you should consult your physician or dermatologist to make sure that there are no underlying factors – after all, your skin often betrays signs of illness before you notice them elsewhere. And don’t be afraid to discontinue use of your beloved products if your skin changes – as your skin changes, your skin care needs will too. Always keep a close eye on your skin to make sure you can address any changes/concerns right away.
Be vigilant about your skin and how you moisturize it, and you can keep it healthy and glowing.