Moisturizers are considered to be one of the most important components of skin care. They help you maintain the moisture content in your skin, prevent dry skin, keep your youthful glow and also offer anti-aging support. But what most people don’t know is that moisturizers also play a key role in covering those tiny fissures in your skin to keep the germs out, help to restore the protective barrier and act as a protective film for your skin. Therefore, it is necessary to use these super important skin care products in the proper manner so as to ensure that they offer the very best support to your skin.
Tip # 1 – Wash your hands and your face before applying the moisturizer
Cleansing your skin is an extremely important step. You should always cleanse your skin before applying the moisturizer as it allows you to eliminate the dirt, germs and harmful free radicals that your skin gets subjected to through the day or night. Cleansing also helps you to make your moisturizers even more effective.
Tip # 2 – Apply the moisturizer on damp skin
Everyone tells you to apply the moisturizer right after cleansing, but what they don’t clarify is that you need to ensure that your skin remains damp while you apply the moisturizer. What most people end up doing is that they pat themselves dry after cleansing the face and then apply the moisturizer. However, this process makes your moisturizers less effective as a damp face helps it to lock the water content in the upper layers of your skin.
Tip # 3 – Always start with your cheeks
You should always start applying your moisturizers from your cheeks. The cheeks are known to be the driest areas on your face and this is where you need to start. Remember, your T-zone, your chin and your forehead will still contain some oil and will not need as much of nourishment as your cheeks do.
Tip # 4 – Extend the moisturizer all the way to your neck
Most people follow a religious skin care routine, but still end up with signs of aging in their neck and décolleté area. Why? Because most people forget to take their routines all the way down to the neck and décolleté area. Make sure that you apply the SPF moisturizer (in the day) as well as the hydrating moisturizer (at night) on your neck and decolette area to keep them protected from the harmful UV rays of the sun and the free radicals present in the environment.
Tip # 5 – Don’t use SPF moisturizers at night
Although it is not mandatory for you to have a separate moisturizer at night, it always helps to switch your SPF 30 moisturizer with a hydrating moisturizer during the night. The problem with SPF moisturizers is that they could end up clogging your pores when applied at night. On the other hand, hydrating moisturizers help your skin to maintain its moisture content and negate the damage caused to it throughout the day.
Tip # 6 – Allow the moisturizer to dry before applying makeup
Make sure that you allow the moisturizer to dry out completely before you start to apply your makeup. You should wait for about 5 – 10 minutes to allow the moisturizer to dry. It also helps to sweep a dry brush over your face before applying your foundation. The same rules apply when you re-apply sunscreen lotions to your face.
- Always wash your hands before applying moisturizer or washing your face- It’s easy to forget to wash your hands before you wash your face. Do your best to remember because even though you’re washing your face, you can still transfer dirt + bacteria onto your washcloth where it might stay and find it’s way onto your face. Definitely wash your hands first if you’re just applying moisturizer because you don’t want to end up with dirt or bacteria on your face or in the jar. Eek.
- Use warm water + steam to open your pores- Wash your face with warm water as you normally would. Next plug your sink, draw a super hot bowl of water, put a bath towel over your head and hang out over the sink for 3-5 minutes. That will trap steam and open your pores even more.
- Apply moisturizer right after washing your face…
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