Moisturizing. You might think it's one of the easiest parts of your skin routine and you don't have to put much thought into it, right? Well, it's likely you're making a few common moisturizing mistakes. And this includes when you're moisturizing, what moisturizer you're using, and all the other things you need to consider when it comes to taking care of your skin. Read on for the 6 lessons on one of the more underrated parts of the skincare routine.
1. Don’t over-think it
First thing’s first, don’t over-think your skincare routine. Keep it simple! If you start adding too many products into the mix, you might cause your skin to become overly dry or oily. Whatever you want from your products, make sure you’re focusing on one aim (brightening, anti-aging, moisturizing etc) and stick to a simple moisturizer and a gentle cleanser. As you become more confident in your routine, you can start adding more products and seeing how your skin feels and how it reacts.
2. Re-evaluate the rest of your routine
If you’re feeling like your skin is tight and suffering, sometimes it’s not a lack of moisturizer that’s the problem. Look to your other products, as overly harsh cleansers can cause dry patches and tightness which no amount of moisturizer can reverse. Make sure you’re using gentle cleansers and products made for dry skin so you're not relying too heavily on the moisturizer to fight the dryness.
3. Don’t mix too much
Allow your moisturizer some time to work its magic. Once you’ve moisturized in the morning, give it some time before you apply your foundation, allowing it to really sink in. Before bed, make sure it soaks in and dries properly before you apply serums and other night creams. Otherwise, you could be putting moisturizer on, and then just wiping it off again, and you’ll wake up with dry skin and no idea why!
4. Wash your hands!
Would you want someone to just rub their hands all over your face without washing them first? Probably not. Well, before you decide to rub your hands all over your own face, wash your hands, too! While you think you’re hydrating and protecting your skin, you could just be spreading bacteria and dirt on your face, causing acne and irritation.
5. Don’t assume
It’s pretty common to assume that if you have oily skin you don’t need to moisturize. Guess what? You definitely do.
Your skin produces sebum to keep your skin's hydration level up, and so if you don’t moisturize, your skin will over-produce sebum to make up for it, which means you'll develop oily skin. So, moisturizing can actually help your skin become less oily, rather than make it oilier.
6. Apply as much as needed
You don’t only have to moisturize once or twice a day, you can still apply moisturizer throughout the day, even when you have makeup on! The minerals in your foundation can often dehydrate, which means your skin is screaming out for some moisture by midday. We advise you to use a small amount of light moisturizer on your skin mid-way through the day, and lightly pat it on to keep your makeup looking fresh and stop your skin from drying out.
Hopefully you’ve learned a little about moisturizing that you didn’t know before! It’s so important to keep your skin moisturized, no matter what your skin type, as there are so many things out there that dry your skin out including pollution, UV rays, makeup, and the wind to name a few. So keep your routine simple, don't use overly harsh products and moisturize even if you're skin is oily!