Do you moisturize your skin every day? If you don’t, you should. Men and women can find many benefits to using high quality facial moisturizer each day. Moisturizing your face will help you to look and feel younger, you will have softer, more elastic skin, and it will keep your skin hydrated. These things are important if you want to make sure to look as young as you can in the years to come. However, even though making sure to moisturize daily sounds easy enough, there are certainly things that you will need to keep in mind before you use it.
Moisturizers are proven to help treat dry, damaged skin and improve skin texture. Maintaining a good moisturizing regimen will make you more comfortable, and it will also make you look better because, let’s face it, nobody looks their best with skin that is dry and flaky.
Use a moisturizer that is specifically made for the face and should only use one that contains SPF 15 sunscreen or higher.
Moisturize every day, such as after you shower, or after you shave. These are ideal times to use moisturizer as your skin will still be wet. This moisture will help pull the lotion in more easily. Before moisturizing, make sure that you clean your face thoroughly with a mild cleanser. You don’t want anything too harsh. With your face still slightly damp, apply the moisturizer gently and by using upward strokes. This helps to get the moisturizer into the pores where it belongs. Your skin will begin to absorb the moisturizer almost immediately and typically within five to ten minutes, it will be fully absorbed.
Make sure to buy one that is compatible with your skin type: You should be using a moisturizer based on your skin type. One of the first mistakes people make when using products on their skin is using a product that doesn’t necessarily fit their skin type. Examine how your skin feels at the end of the day. Look to see if your T-zone is dry, oily or somewhat normal.
Those suffering from dry skin problems are prone to having slightly allergic skin, and such people shouldn’t use conventional moisturizers because of the harm chemicals can have on the fragile surface. Using an oil-based moisturizing cream is terrible for acne-prone skin.
If you have oily skin, don’t buy a moisturizer for dry skin. By making sure that you are using the right moisturizer and using it daily, you will certainly see the great benefits over time.
Oily: Look for lotions instead of creams. Find formulas that have exfoliating ingredients, such as lactic glycolic and salicylic acids.
Lanelle recommends: Lanelle Skin Nutrient Gel; Lanelle Luminous Goddess Gel, and Lanelle Sunblock Gel for the face; Lanelle Whitening Lotion for the body at night, and Lanelle Arbutin Lotion at daytime.
Dry: Definitely find a cream, especially in the winter weather. There is more oil in a cream, therefore it is a thicker substance and more moisturizing. The greater the oil content, the better absorption through the skin barriers to hydrate the tissue.
Lanelle recommends: Lanelle Collagen Elastin Cream; Lanelle SBF Collagen Cream; Lanelle Sunblock Cream; Lanelle Placenta Cream; Lanelle Wonder Cream
Combination: This is the hardest skin type to find products for. It is recommended to use lotions with no acids.
Notes on applying moisturizer:
The way you apply moisturizer can actually make you look older.
Even though you are applying hydration and nutrients directly onto your skin, if you apply from top to bottom, you may be doing more harm than good. This is because applying from top to bottom causes you to continuously tug down on the skin, which can lead to sagging. Always apply from bottom to top, and make sure you are rubbing it in gently, especially around the sensitive eye area.
You should never skip your evening skin care routine.
You’ve heard that it is important to use a good moisturizer at night, and there actually is science behind that. During the night, our bodies lose a lot of water, so using a good moisturizer will ensure you that your skin does not get too dehydrated throughout the night. Moreover, at night the human body automatically goes into “repair mode,” so a good cream containing the right ingredients will aid in repairing skin ailments.
You must pay attention to your skin’s specific needs.
People with dry skin may need to moisturize more often than people with regular or oily skin. However, that is not to say that people with oily skin should not moisturize. Moisturizers do much more than simply help hydrate dry skin—they add important vitamins and nutrients to the skin and enhance its function as well, so every skin type benefits from them. Anyone who has oily skin search for moisturizers that can help reduce excess sebum production while still providing the nourishing benefits.
You may need different moisturizers for different areas of your skin.
For instance, a moisturizer may be great for your skin, but don’t consider using it as an eye cream. Those are very specific and address different needs. And if you have facial areas that are far more dry or oily than others, you may want to consider having specific skin care products for each area.
The best times to moisturize your skin are generally after you shave, exfoliate or bathe.
Shaving and exfoliating normally lead to the removal of dead skin cells, but they can also strip your skin of natural and essential oils, so it is important to replenish with a good moisturizer. Additionally, right after you bathe or wash your face is an ideal time to apply moisturizer for maximum benefits (when the skin is still wet). This is because the moisturizer will capture the water that is left on your skin and seal it into your pores. This will provide great hydration for the skin that will last longer than moisturizing alone, especially on dry skin.
Some occasions require more moisture than others.
For example, during the winter it might be necessary to moisturize your skin more often, or you may need to switch to a heavier, more hydrating moisturizer. During the summer when your skin is oilier, consider switching to a lighter moisturizer that helps regulate sebum production while still providing benefits and protection.
Bless and be blessed!
Lanelle Milanie Torralba