Well, hello there. Before you dive into this article, take a glass of water and moisturize that gorgeous skin of yours from the inside. Hydration starts with the daily intake of enough water so if you want that supple, plumply and youthful appearance that comes with skin that is adequately moisturized, ensure you take enough glasses of water daily. To continue with our #grandfemmebasicskincareseries, I’ll be addressing the issue of how to correctly moisturize your face
Moisturizing your face is an essential step in your skincare routine and is one of the ways to show your skin some real love. There are a lot of misconceptions on the topic and I know a number of people out there do not think or feel the need to moisturize their face. I want to categorically say that not moisturizing is the worst skincare mistake ever. Everyone should moisturize their face regardless of skin type. Even if you feel your skin is already producing enough moisture(oil) or you’re scared of breaking out as a result of moisturizing, you still need to moisturize your face.
The key to getting all the positive benefits of moisturizing your face is to do it correctly. If you’re up for knowing how to moisturize your skin the right way, then, read on.
Why do you need a moisturiser
Discussing how to correctly moisturize your face without touching on why you need to moisturize in the first place just doesn’t feel right. So I’mma go ahead and convince you beyond any reasonable doubt that you need to add a moisturizer to your skincare routine.
Keeping your skin clean and retaining moisture in your skin cells are necessary for healthy skin. A good facial cleansing routine will help with keeping your skin clean while a good moisturizer, perfect for your skin type, will help with the moisture part of it.
I like to think of why it is necessary to use a facial moisturizer in terms of its long and short term benefits.
Short term benefits
In the short term, hydrating your face helps you to regenerate healthy cells which are necessary for a glowy and blemish free skin. Washing your face with hot water, using acne meditations and the environment itself can draw out moisture from your skin, leaving it looking all flaky and tight. With a moisturiser, however, you get to replenish that lost moisture.
Also, moisturizers prime your skin before makeup. They act as a barrier between your skin and your makeup. Thus, protecting you from all the chemicals and harshness of your makeup products.
While providing all the short term benefits listed above, they also give the immediate benefit of soothing and improving your complexion. They instantly give your skin that glowy and plumpy look we all love and desire.
Long term benefits
In the long term, religiously using your facial moisturizer lessens your chances of developing wrinkles and age spots as your skin ages. Even if you do get them, they come off better than they would have been if you hadn’t made a habit of correctly moisturizing your face during your youthful days.
Again, if you correctly moisturize your face, there could be a drastic reduction of breakouts. If you have oily skin, moisturizing your face could balance your sebum(oil) production causing you to break out less. Likewise, if your skin is dry, you get to ensure your skin cells stay hydrated and increase the production of new ones, thereby, reducing breakouts.
Basically, the pros of moisturizing your skin outweigh its cons. And if you use the right moisturizer for your skin type, it’ll be all pros with little or no cons. Plus,most of the time, moisturizers come with ingredients that could immensely benefit your skin.
Tips to help you correctly moisturize your face
Before choosing or buying a facial moisturizer, it’s important that you know your skin type. This is because what might be beneficial to someone with oily or combination skin might be counterproductive in someone with dry skin. Also, moisturizers are formulated with specific skin types in mind.
That being said, moisturizers come in three forms:
Water based moisturizer: these moisturizers are lightweight and oil free and won’t clog your pores. They’re best suitable for oily skin. They sink quickly into your skin leaving behind no oily residue.
Gel-cream moisturizer: these are great for combination and normal skin. Like water based moisturizers, they’re light and leave behind no greasy feel. They spread evenly and feel liquidy against your skin.
Cream moisturizer: these moisturizers are on the thick side and are best for people with dry skin, those experiencing flaky skin or are on retinoids. They deliver more hydration than water and gel based moisturizers, which is important to keep your skin cells healthy.
Beauty hack: consider using a light moisturizer for your daytime routine and a heavier one for your night time routine. It can help balance your sebum production overtime, if you have oily skin. And if you have dry skin, provide more hydration.
What to avoid when choosing your moisturizer
Asides knowing your skin type, it’s also important that you know what’s in your moisturiser. The main aim of using a facial moisturiser is to deliver your face with moisture. But, sometimes they can come with ingredients that can be counterproductive in the long run.
Alcohol: the presence of alcohol in your moisturizer can strip your skin of it’s natural oils. This can cause a bad reaction which in turn can cause blemishes and sensitivity.
Colors and parfum: colors and parfum (fragrance) are two ingredients to avoid in your moisturizer. They can irritate your skin and might aggravate any skin issue that you might have.
Acids: if you have sensitive skin, you might wanna avoid moisturizers that contain exfoliating acids such as salicylic acids, alpha-hydroxy acids, glycolic acid, retinoic acid. Using these acids too frequently can leave your skin irritated and angry. So, you want to leave those acids for products that you only use a few times weekly.
Body products: when choosing a facial moisturizer, it’s important that you stick to the ones specially formulated for the face. These products are formulated with the knowledge that the skin on your face needs gentle products that are non-stripping.
How to correctly apply your moisturizer
Beauty experts swear by the following tips. If you’re looking to up your facial moisturizer game, do try them out.
- When applying your moisturizer, you don’t want to be aggressive, rather you want to take really gentle strokes. You can use it as an opportunity to treat yourself to a facial massage, if you want.
- Also, applying your moisturizer while your face is still damp is almost as important as using the moisturizer itself. Damp skin seals in the moisture easily and allows for full hydration.
- Never leave out your sunscreen. Sunscreens really do get half the job done. They protect your skin from harmful UV rays that can cause hyper pigmentation and premature aging alongside other skin issues. So yeah, always use your sunscreen after you moisturizer when heading outdoors so all your hard work won’t be futile. If you’re like me who likes to take shortcuts, go for moisturizers with SPF. This way, you don’t have to bother about having to wear sunscreen on top of your moisturizer.
Do you already have a moisturizing routine? If yes, are you already getting the most of your moisturizer? Let me know your answers in the comment section as I’ll be replying every single comment!