10 Tips on how to choose the right moisturizer
How To Moisturize The Skin The Right Way
You may be thinking, what do you mean, moisturize the skin the right way? How could I apply moisturizer wrong, isn't this a pretty simple skincare step? Well, no. Keeping the skin properly moisturized is essential to healthy, younger-looking skin. But what most are not familiar with is what if you are not applying it correctly or have chosen the wrong formula? A poorly chosen product and sloppy application can lead to sagging skin, breakouts, or even worse, dry, cracked skin that can allow bacteria to enter the moisture barrier, causing inflammation, redness, even infections.
Don't worry, though, as we are here to share some proper techniques and formula selections for you to be a moisturizing pro in no time!
10 Tips To Moisturize The Skin The Right Way
Moisturizing Tip 1: Understanding the Importance of Skin Hydration
While we touched briefly on this above, to get a bit more technical, we want to discuss the stratum corneum, the outer layer of the skin. Think of it as a wall protecting your skin against the environment. When this layer is working correctly, it protects your skin from
- Plays a role in desquamation
- Keeps the deeper layers of skin hydrated
On the other hand, when this protective barrier is comprised, you will start to see issues, which is where proper hydration comes into play.
Moisturizing Tip 2: Pick The Right Product
One size does not fit all, and the same goes when it comes to selecting a moisturizer. The first step in picking the proper moisturizer is to know your skin type and then find a formula to fulfill those needs.
Oily Skin- There is a myth that if you have oily skin, you do not need a moisturizer. The truth is if your skin is dehydrated, it compensates by creating more oil.
Product: You want to look for a light, oil-free moisturizer, like Posies Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer. This gel moisturizer is fragrance-free and hydrates using Hyaluronic acid, natural sugar, and seaweed extract that soothes and softens skin.
Dry Skin- You want to look for something that can provide long-lasting hydration and contains antioxidants and minerals to defend against free radicals.
Product: For your dry skin, we recommend our refresh cream-gel moisturizer. This ultra-nourishing gel moisturizer harnesses plant-based sugar powers to help your dry, damaged skin retain the hydration it needs.
Sensitive Skin- Look for products that do not have harsh fragrances and chemicals to them.
Product: Our Hyaluronic Face Cream formula is gentle enough to use on sensitive skin, and it won't clog pores or irritate blemish-prone skin. Designed for daily use, this silky, sheer cream will work to hydrate your skin while it fends off toxins from the environment.
Dehydrated Skin- Yes, this is different from dry skin; if this is you, a product with hyaluronic acid is your savior.
Product: Our ultra-hydrating, Hyaluronic Face Cream is a must for those with dehydrated skin. It infuses the skin with a multi-layered moisture system to recharge and restore skin's suppleness instantaneously.
Combination Skin- Go for a product that offers multi-layered moisture.
Product Suggestion: Our Hyaluronic Face cream is a fantastic choice for all skin types. It uses humectants and emollients to build layers of moisture from the inside and out.
Moisturizing Tip 3: Look at The Ingredients
While this is easier said than done, especially if you are ordering online. You do want to make sure that you will not have any adverse reactions to a product.
- Check the label for potentially irritating and drying ingredients.
- Use products that replenish and nourish, resulting in healthier, reinvigorating skin.
- Consider products that are formulated with natural plant-based ingredients and packed with hydration, vitamins, and minerals.
- Before applying to your face, test by applying a small amount on your inner arm where your skin is thinner and wait 24 hours
Moisturizing Tip 4: Moisturize the Entire Body
When most think of a skincare routine, they only think of the face. This is further from the truth, as a great skincare regimen involves moisturizing and exfoliating our skin from the head to the tips of our toes!
Moisturizing Tip 5: Moisturize Regularly
A moisturizer needs to part of your daily skincare routine. If you wait until your skin shows signs of dryness, redness, and cracking, adding hydration back is more complicated. As that layer of dry skin can prevent your products from getting deep into the skin's surface where it needs to be to work effectively. This brings us to our next tip, which is exfoliating.
Moisturizing Tip 6: Exfoliate
If you want softer, smoother, and healthier-looking skin, you need to be exfoliating. A buildup of dry, dead skin cells leaves you with uneven skin tone, roughness, and can also create false wrinkles-Yuk, who wants that?
Hence, exfoliation is key to speeding up the process of shedding old skin and making room for new skin to emerge. It also allows for your skincare products to work at their full potential.
Moisturizing Tip 7: Apply Moisturizer to Damp Skin
Moisturizers are most effective if you use them while your skin is still damp. When our skin is wet, pores are open, giving the moisturizer a better chance at locking in that hydration.
Moisturizing Tip 8: Don't Pull on Your Skin
Did you know that pulling and tugging on the skin can lead to premature aging? When you are applying your moisturizer, you want to be aware of how you are using it. First, you want to apply a moisturizer in an upward circular motion. Secondly, apply gently. If you apply in a sloppy aggressive manner, the friction between your hands and your skin can break down the product's water content before it gets a chance to start working.
Moisturizing Tip 9: Layer Your Products
How you layer your skincare products can affect how well they work. To get the most out of your skincare products, you want to apply the lightest product and work your way to the thickest. Another trick is to follow this thought process.
First Layer: Prepare with cleaning
Second Layer: Prevent and treat with serums
Third Layer: Protect with oils/moisturizers
Moisturizing Tip 10: When You Apply Your Moisturizer
We can't stress enough the importance of wearing sunscreen daily, regardless of the time year. Applying a facial moisturizer with at least 30 SPF is something you should do in the morning. Furthermore, you can benefit from using skincare products at night before bed. You see our skin repairs and rebuilds itself at night. And certain nighttime products can help this process along.