Even if you are an absolute skincare rookie, we are certain we’d still find a bottle of moisturiser on your bathroom shelf. Because it does not take a lot of effort to apply moisturiser, right? Simply pump some out, slather it on to your skin and you’re good to go! It may look like one of the simplest steps in your beauty routine, but you’d be surprised to find out just how many mistakes you could still be making while applying moisturiser.

From picking the right formula for your skin type, to applying the product in the right manner, there are a ton of things to keep in mind in order to make the most of your moisturiser. Here are five common moisturiser mistakes you could be unknowingly making and the ways to correct them.

1. Picking the wrong moisturiser
 

1. Picking the wrong moisturiser

Choosing a moisturiser according to your skin type is THE most important thing if you want your skin to look healthy. All moisturisers are made up of three types of ingredients: occlusives that protect skin and retain moisture; emollients that repair damaged skin cells, and humectants, like glycerin, that increase the water content in the skin. Every moisturiser consists of a different combination of these three formulas, and that’s what makes them suitable for various skin types and concerns. So make sure you have one that’s meant for your skin.

2. Pulling at your skin
 

2. Pulling at your skin

The skin on your face is quite delicate and you want be extremely gentle while handling it. Rubbing too hard will create friction between your skin and hands, causing the water content to evaporate before it’s even started to get replenished. Another thing you need to be careful about is pulling your skin in a downward motion. This motion can lead to premature wrinkles and even saggy skin over time. Hence, apply your moisturiser gently in a circular, upward motion, and for your eye area, pat gently with your ring finger.

3. Not having a set routine
 

3. Not having a set routine

If you are someone who applies moisturiser only when your skin feels dry, then you’re doing it wrong. Because if your skin reaches the stage where it feels drier than usual, then there’s most likely a thick layer of dead skin cells on the surface. This will make it extremely difficult for the moisturiser to penetrate your skin, let alone hydrate it.

If you are guilty of under-moisturising, then exfoliate your face to get rid of the dead skin cells first. Then moisturise your face twice a day, once in the morning and once in the night to ensure that your skin always looks and feels healthy.

4. You don’t moisturise oily skin
 

4. You don’t moisturise oily skin

Ladies, if someone tells you that you don’t need to moisturise if you have oily skin, don’t buy it! Oily and acne-prone skin needs moisturiser too. If you don’t hydrate your skin, you’ll trigger your body to produce even more sebum. Therefore, always use a lightweight, gel-based moisturiser with a non-comedogenic formulation, so that it does not clog pores.

5. Applying too much product
 

5. Applying too much product

If you over-moisturise your skin, it is very likely that your skin will become dependent on it for moisture leading to a decrease in the sebum levels of your skin. this will make your skin look dull and lifeless. Applying too much moisturiser is, in fact, bad for your skin as the thick layer would never get absorbed and you could end up with clogged pores and breakouts.