Last Updated on January 26, 2018
A good hydration is the key to a soft, supple, and young skin. It is very simply all about hitting any beauty store and grabbing that moisturizer that matches your skin type. Or maybe not!
There are many mistakes that most of us make when it comes to buying the right facial or body moisturizer, starting from how we choose it to the way we apply it to our skin.
#1 – Applying Moisturizer on Dry Skin
Tried all the moisturizers on the market but still couldn’t find the right one for your skin? But ladies have you thought of the possibility that you might have been using the right moisturizer in the wrong way?
It’s time to start using things correctly and understand more how your skin functions and how it needs to be treated. Hydration is an important step for a soft and healthy skin that’s why it is crucial to regularly moisturize. The important question is how?
Well, one of the biggest mistakes that most of us make is apply the moisturizer on a dry skin. Normally, it should be applied when the skin is damp. So, the perfect time to apply your moisturizer is after taking a bath or a shower when your skin is slightly wet and the pores are still open.
This will help the moisturizer to deeply penetrate into the skin. Therefore, the skin will remain hydrated for a good period of time. Furthermore, correctly applying the moisturizer on your skin requires a smaller amount of the lotion than when applied to a dry skin.
#2 – Not Using Moisturizer Due To Oily Skin
If you have an oily skin, like me, then you might have thought that your type of skin requires not a moisturizer. Let me inform you that you and I were completely wrong.
Applying a moisturizer is not going to make your skin, even more, oilier, in the contrary, it will give it the glowingly look and the soft touch. So, whether your skin is oily, dry, or a combination of both, you definitely need to apply the right moisturizer in order to provide your skin with all the essential hydration and nourishment needed.
What matters most is making the right choice. So, opt for an oil-free moisturizer that is lightweight and less greasy, such as water-based moisturizers. The latter easily penetrates into the skin and gives you not that oily ugly look.
#3 – Not Consistently Following Your Skin Care Routine
Having a beautiful, soft, glowing, and healthy skin doesn’t happen overnight. So, don’t apply your moisturizer once in every month and expect your skin to be fair.
A healthy skin requires commitment. Oh yes, it requires you to stick to a daily skin care routine in which you regularly apply your moisturizer. Darling, there is nothing free in life.
Apply your moisturizer at least once a day and if your skin is too dry, don’t hesitate to apply it more than once a day with generous amounts.
#4 – Using Moisturizer as an Eye Cream
What you should know is that the skin around the eyes is very delicate and sensitive and not all the products can be applied to that area, except those tested creams and serums that can be used as an eye cream.
Therefore, your moisturizer can be good for your facial skin and the rest of your body but definitely not recommended for the area around your eyes. This delicate part of the skin requires very special formulated fragrance-free products.
Otherwise, the skin around the eyes can become irritated and swollen, in addition to stinging and burning in case the product enters the eyes.
#5 – Not Paying Attention to the Ingredients
Picking the right moisturizer that goes with your skin type is crucial but this should not be your only concern. The market can offer you a wide variety of tempting packages that can influence your choice.
Sometimes, for instance, you will immediately grab that moisturizer with hydrating products like coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, or any other natural product without even paying attention the harmful filler ingredients the product contains. That’s marketing my dear.
So, your job is to pay attention to the ingredients before you ever buy one. You should also not forget to choose an SPF moisturizer of at least 15 to keep your skin both hydrated and protected from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.
#6 – Applying Foundation Soon After Using a Moisturizer
Another big mistake you are making is immediately applying your foundation after moisturizing your face without giving enough time for the moisturizer to soak into the skin. This could only result in a mess.
The creamy texture of the moisturizer can make your makeup look thin and uneven. That’s in addition to the patchy and blotchy look you end up with. Surely, you hate that!
So it is important to apply your moisturizer and give it enough time to dry. Let’s say about 10 to 15 minutes and only after you can wear your foundation and apply the rest of makeup.
#7 – Using the Same Product for Ages
Using the same skin care products for years is just another big mistake. If your intention is to stay loyal to one brand, then you’d better stop thinking this way because it is not benefiting your skin.
What you should understand is that when you grow older, your body can change the effectiveness of the moisturizer you have been using for years. This happens because of the fact that your skin has needs and those needs change with time. And to meet those changes, you should very simply change your moisturizer. Why complicate life!
For a better choice, I recommend paying a visit to your dermatologist and ask about the most suitable moisturizer for you according to your skin type and age. Of course, no need to mention that you should always check the expiration date of any product before use.
#8 – Using Too Much Moisturizer
You don’t need to apply a very thick layer of moisturizer to hydrate your skin well. Only a generous small amount will do. But if it’s not working and you feel the need to apply thicker amounts, then you’d better toss that moisturizer away.
Be sure that you are definitely not using the right one. Moreover, applying too much moisturizer or any other product will only do more harm than good to your skin. This means the fewer products you are using on your skin, the better your skin will be.
A piece of advice: skincare beauty routine doesn’t necessarily include an array of
products—cleanser, toner, liquid moisturizer and the list is still too long.
#9 – Not Exfoliating Your Skin
Gently exfoliating your skin one to two times a week is all you need to have a glowing, soft, and dead cells free skin. It is also the best way through which your moisturizer can sink deeply into your skin and provide you with the ultimate hydration ever.
Before you exfoliate, remember that your facial skin is by nature more delicate and much softer and you should treat it with tenderness and loving care. So, you can exfoliate it using washcloth or cleansing brush in circular motions all over your face until the dead skin is removed.
#10 – Moisturizing Your Face Only
Unfortunately, most of you would moisturize the face and neglect the other parts of the body. And this is another big mistake you make that can cost you dearly. Not moisturizing other parts of your body like legs, neck, hands, knees, and feet can harm and damage your skin. It will lose its radiance and glow and become dry, ashy, and unhealthy. In other words, you will be screwed!
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