Moisturizer Tips and Tricks

How to Get the Most out of Your Moisturizer

Girl applying moisturizer on her face
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Everyone needs 4 skin care products as part of their home skin care routine: a cleanser, an exfoliant, a moisturizer, and a sunscreen.  By following the tips below you can be sure you are getting the most out of your moisturizer so that your skin will look and feel great.

When To Apply Your Moisturizer

Moisturizer should always be applied to damp skin.  For example after getting out of the shower and toweling off do not wait more than 3 minutes before you apply moisturizer to your body.

 This locks moisture into your skin before it can evaporate.  The same rule applies to your face as well.  Never apply your moisturizer to a bone dry face.  If you use toner than apply your moisturizer immediately after applying your toner.  If you don't use toner apply your moisturizer right after washing your face and gently drying it off.

How Much Moisturizer To Apply

Don't glob your moisturizer on your face or body.  If you use too much product your skin will not be able to absorb it.  Also if you use too much moisturizer then trying to apply other products on top such as sunscreen or make up will be impossible.  Your skin will also feel quite greasy if you over apply product. Use about a quarter size scoop of moisturizer on your face.  Of course this amount can change depending on the consistency of the product you are using and how your skin is feeling. Sometimes you might find that your skin needs more moisturizer and other times less moisturizer.

Your moisturizing needs will change with the seasons - in the winter you will need a thicker, creamier moisturizer and more of it while in the summer you will need a lighter weight lotion moisturizer.  

Remember there is no need to rub your moisturizer really hard into your skin.  If you do this to your face you could end up hurting your skin instead of helping it.

 You can even tap or pat your moisturizer gently into your skin.  Always be sure your fingers are clean before applying moisturizer to your face, and don't forget to apply moisturizer to your neck and chest as well.  Lastly, allow your moisturizer to really sink in before you move on with your skin care routine.  

Make Sure You Find The Right Moisturizer For Your Skin

When it comes to skin care products a lot of people think that expensive is better.  That certainly is not the case when it comes to finding a good moisturizer.  Just because numerous celebrities love the moisturizer Creme De La Mer does not mean that it is the best moisturizer on the market and that you should rush out and buy it.  Far from it.  When buying a moisturizer ingredients are what matter not price.  It turns out that some of the cheapest moisturizer ingredients are also the most effective in helping the skin hold on to water.  A good moisturizer has both humectants which draw moisture to the skin and occlusive ingredients which keep water from evaporating off of your skin. Also look for a moisturizer according to your skin type, and keep in mind that even if you have oily skin you should use a moisturizer.  Someone with oily facial skin will want to look for a  moisturizer that is a gel formulation instead of a cream.

 Someone with dry skin will want to use a cream or a lotion moisturizer.

Moisturizer Suggestions  

For The Face -

Dry Skin:

Oily Skin:

Sensitive Skin:

Body Moisturizers: