When Renée Rouleau said, “Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it everyday for the rest of your life.” We felt that! We truly think that a person must take out a few minutes everyday to make sure that their skin is healthy and happy. You don’t need to have an elaborate skincare regimen to show you care about your skin, sometimes even the smallest things like making sure your skin is well moisturised are enough to sail through the day. And while we have emphasised time and again about the importance of moisturisation in our life, today we talk about how to use the moisturiser the right way and everything you need to know about this skincare essential.
Moisturisation has been a skincare necessity from time immemorial. From our dadis and nanis turning kitchen ingredients into homemade moisturisers to us spending hours looking for the right moisturiser - this skincare basic has been around for a long time. However, with the markets flooded with thousands of moisturising products - for different types, skin issues and what not - it becomes a tedious task for us to get our hands on the right thing. So, we thought of making a simple guide on how to use a moisturiser, get the right products and everything in between.
- How to moisturise right?
- Why is it important to moisturise?
- How to moisturise your skin overnight
- How to naturally moisturise your skin
- Things to look out for while picking a moisturiser
How to moisturise right?
Moisturising is a post-wash ritual for your skin that keeps it from drying out. The idea is to lock moisture into your skin, so it doesn’t get irritated, dry and flaky. So, the ideal way to go about that is to use your moisturiser right after washing your face, when it is still slightly damp. This increases the effectiveness of your moisturiser too, without having to use too much of the product. Now, stick to the following easy steps on how to use a moisturiser to hydrate and moisturise your face the right way.
Step 1: Take a pea-sized amount of your moisturiser at the centre of your palm and then warm it up between your palms.
Step 2: Start by applying the moisturiser on your cheeks in a circular motion, with gentle hands. Your cheeks tend to be the driest part of your face that needs moisturising the most, so it is always a good place to start with.
Step 3: You can now apply the moisturiser on your T-zone, nose and chin and ears. Just remember to keep your hands gentle.
Step 4: Finally, don’t forget about your neck and with gentle upward strokes, spread the moisturiser in this area too.
Why is it important to moisturise?
We always insist on moisturising to improve your skin’s health, but do you even know why is it important to moisturise your skin? Well, here’s why you need a good moisturiser in your arsenal -
Minimises chances of skin problem: Well, for starters, moisturising regularly lowers your chances of skin problems and maintains balance for optimal skin health. If your skin is too dry, then moisturisation makes sure it doesn’t turn white and flaky; if you have oily skin, then using the right moisturiser helps ensure that you don’t face issues like acne breakouts.
Reduces blemishes and signs of ageing: Regularly moisturising your skin can add a healthy glow to your skin and even out rough skin texture and blemishes too. Furthermore, if you properly introduce moisturisation in your daily skincare regimen, you will notice firm, plump and healthy skin and less wrinkles and fine lines on it.
Helps skin stay young: We know our skin sheds dead skin cells over time and this process is faster around our face, neck and chest. This makes the skin around these areas especially dry. Besides exfoliation, daily moisturisation helps repair and revive your skin to make it appear young and glowy.
How to moisturise your skin overnight
Is your skin overly dry and patchy when you wake up in the morning? Well, the first step to make it right starts way before your sleep the night before! Use a good night cream like the Lakmé 9to5 VitC+ Night Cream. This cream comes with the goodness of vitamin C, murumuru butter and shea butter. All these ingredients help make your skin supple and soft, improve your skin’s texture and make it smooth, nourished and glowy. It also fights free radicals and protects your skin against ageing, pollution, sun damage, and dullness.
Although a proper sleep and relaxed mind is just what you need to wake up to perfectly healthy and moisturised skin, you can also turn to using facial oils and overnight masks to improve your skin’s hydration and further aid its moisturisation levels.
How to naturally moisturise your skin
If you’re someone who is all about natural remedies and trying out homemade nuskhe to improve your skin, then you’d be surprised with the options at your disposal. To begin with, you can moisturise your face with aloe vera gel or even algae gels. These gels are super hydrating for the skin and have anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe your skin.
You can even use milk or buttermilk to moisturise your face. Just generously spread over your face and keep it for 15-20 minutes, before washing it away with water. Shea butter and cocoa butter is another good and organic option to naturally moisturise your face and skin. You can also make a potent cucumber juice by blending cucumber, liquid paraffin wax and almond oil and apply it every night to make your skin supple and soft.
Things to look out for while picking a moisturiser
Now, you can turn to lotions, creams and serums to moisturise your skin and make it healthy. You just need to see what’s inside the moisturiser - the main ingredient - and check if it suits your skin type and tackles your skin troubles. We suggest looking for moisturisers that have ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides, SPF, vitamins C and E, to name a few, in their formulation.
Also, try looking for moisturisers that have hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic listed on its label. Non-comedogenic means that the skincare products will not clog your pores, while hypoallergenic spells out that the moisturiser is less likely to cause an allergic reaction on your skin - which is basically everything we fear when we try something new on our skin.
1) When should I use moisturiser?
The right time to moisturise your face is right after cleansing it. So, you should moisturise twice a day - morning and night. Make sure you apply moisturiser right after cleansing your face, while it is still damp to lock in the moisture in your skin.
2) Do you wash off moisturiser?
Absolutely not! The whole idea behind a moisturiser is to keep your skin and face from drying out and washing it off will defeat that very purpose. You just need to wash your face before moisturising it and then you’re set to treat your skin with a moisturiser that stays on.
3) How many times a day should you moisturise your face?
It is usually recommended to moisturise your face twice a day. So, you can use it once in the morning before you start to day and then at night, before hitting the bed!