Your skin needs to stay hydrated, like how our body needs water. It’s easy to not go a day without moisturizing skin thinking that it doesn’t matter especially that the effect of not moisturizing will not show immediately. But if you are not a fan of moisturizing your skin, you should listen to us when we say you should the effect of dry skin caused by dehydrated skin will be visible after years. And by then it might be too late to save your skin’s condition.
The one skincare step most of us find easy to follow is moisturizing it’s pretty simple, right? Well, that’s where you can go so wrong a badly chosen formula and careless application can actually cause breakouts and skin sagging. Seriously, there’s a method of getting the most from your moisturizer, and it’s all about getting the time, formula, and technique just right. Healthy locks, glowing complexions, and soft skin are the new goals, and the beauty products you choose should reflect that goal of natural health. One of the key areas you need to focus on is moisture, since nothing says dead and dull quite like skin or hair that is dry and stripped of moisture. Instead, the foods you eat, habits you adopt, and products you choose should enhance and seal in moisture. Stay tuned to this article to understand how best you can moisturize your skin;
1. Pick the best moisturizer for your skin type:
All moisturizers are made up of three types of ingredients: occlusive, which protect your skin and retain moisture; emollients which repair damaged skin cells, and reactants, like glycerin, which increase the water content in the skin. Every product will have a different combination of these three formulas so that they can target different layers of your skin. So, the first step to picking the right moisturizer is knowing your skin type, and then finding a formula to complement it.
2. Apply it as a routine:
It seems logical to only hydrate when your skin is dry, but if it already reaches this stage, there’s likely to be a layer of dead skin cells on the surface, making it harder for the product to reach your skin. When your skin is dry, it produces more sebum to lubricate itself, which means you’ll likely end up with sebum build up as well. If you’re guilty of under-moisturizing, make sure you exfoliate before moisturizing to remove any dead skin cell build-up. Aim to moisturize twice a day, once in the morning after you’ve cleansed and toned, and then again in the evening 20 minutes before you sleep; so that it doesn’t rub off or get absorbed into your pillow.
3. Try not to pull your face:
Be gentle with your face cream, if you rub too hard you’ll create friction between your skin and hands, causing the water content to evaporate before it’s even started replenishing. Pulling the skin in a downward motion can also lead to premature wrinkles and even saggy skin over time. Instead, apply your moisturizer gently in a circular, upward motion, and for your eye area, pat gently with your ring finger. When you’re done, you should have a slight glow, give this final layer time to absorb before applying any other products.
4. Moisturize oily skin very well:
Don’t get sucked into the trap of thinking that if your skin is oily or acne-prone, it doesn’t need moisturizer. If you don’t hydrate your skin, you’ll trigger your body to produce even more sebum (the natural oil that’s the main culprit for its greasy layer). The secret is to look for lightweight, gel formulas that are non-comedogenic (they won’t block your pores) with key ingredients like retinol, glycol acid, and salicylic acid.
5. Never apply too much:
If you over-moisturize your skin you’ll quickly become dependent on it for moisture, and sebum levels can decrease without the natural oil to keep your skin soft and supple, it’ll only look dull and tired. Applying more product doesn’t mean your skin will absorb more; if you use too much product you’ll end up with a thick layer of product that could clog your pores and lead to breakouts.
6. Always remember you’re what you eat:
Eating a healthy balanced diet does wonders for your skin and looking after your liver is key to hydration. Bitter foods like chicory, endive, rocket and grapefruit all stimulate liver and gall bladder function, and a healthy liver means healthy skin, a sluggish liver will eliminate toxins through the skin which leads to dryness and redness. Combat this by chowing down on colored fruits and vegetables which will help to nourish the skin and support collagen cross linking. Citrus fruits and berries are rich in vitamin C which can assist with tighter, fresher looking skin.
7. Start from your inside:
While a topical moisturizer is important for keeping your skin protected and hydrated, moisturized skin starts from the inside. Drink plenty of water, eat natural foods that are full of healthy vitamins, and consider natural supplements designed to optimize the health of your skin. Your internal moisture levels and overall health directly impact your skin, which is why you’ll notice breakouts or dull skin if you’ve been skimping on water or eating lots of junk food. Instead, aim for a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables, eat enough skin-plumping health fats, avoid greasy or sugary trigger foods, and aim to drink more than 64 ounces of water per day.
8. Turn the heat down:
Letting off some steam in a shower that is so hot it could rival a sauna? As relaxing as they sound, heat can be detrimental to your skin’s hydration as hot water strips oil from the skin. Long baths and showers can also lead to dry skin so keep temperatures warm and your bathing routine short to ensure optimal hydration levels. Couple this with a moisturizing shower gel or cleansing bath crème to help lock in as much moisture as possible.
For an extra-hydrating treatment, use a moisturizing face mask. You can buy one, paying close attention to the ingredients and choosing something natural and healthy, or you can make your own with ingredients found in your kitchen. Avocado, yogurt, honey, and other rich ingredients can help you achieve a well moisturized smooth skin on your face or body. Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to drop your comments.