We have finally made it to the last step of a successful winter skincare regimen, which is all about moisturizing. As we continue to approach the colder months, it is going to be imperative that we choose a great moisturizer to keep our skin hydrated, soft, and supple.
Choosing the right moisturizer.
In order to choose the right type of moisturizer, the ingredients are key components to consider. A true moisturizer must have “humectants”. Humectants are a substance used to reduce the loss of moisture. Three of the most common and most effective humectants are glycerin, hyaluronic acid (my personal fave), and propylene glycol. Be sure to check for one of these and you are on your way to ultimate hydration.
How do I properly apply moisturizer?
Well, some people use one source of moisture, which is fine if it gets the job done, but I personally like to layer in a strategic way. “You gem or functional utility out of your skin care products when you layer products that work together in the best most effective order,” says Kraffert. We previously discussed cleansing and toning, which will always precede moisturizing. If you have a more advanced skin care routine that involves serums and oils, then your moisturizer will follow those.
You always want to apply your moisturizer in upward counterclockwise motions to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Gravity pulls your skin downward causing it to sag and wrinkle. You want to gently massage the moisturizer into your skin because this increases circulation, helps minimize puffiness, and ensures that your skin absorbs the most moisture it possibly can.
Be sure to moisturize when your skin is freshly moist, which is directly after a shower or right after washing your face. This moist state is most accessible after towel drying.
When determining how much moisturizer should be used, a suggested amount is usually on the label, but typically a dime size is a good amount; however, if you find that it is not enough, then feel free to add more, just don’t overdo it.
The last and very important step in moisturizing is remembering to moisturize your neck. It is suggested that you use the same product on your neck, chest, and hands because all of these are areas that show signs of aging. However, you wouldn’t want to use your regular body lotion on your face although you can use your face moisturizer on those specified areas because it is formulated to fight signs of aging.
Now that we have our winter regimen down, we can achieve flawless healthy skin that gives us a glow from within.
Until next time lovies…