One skincare step that is pretty self-explanatory is moisturising. All you got to do is pick your daily moisturiser and apply. How difficult is that, right? Wrong… a badly selected formula and application technique will do nothing for your skin. Instead, it can lead to breakouts and saggy skin.
Using the wrong method and technique will leave the moisturiser at the surface level, making your skin look greasy and dry. Below, we’ve listed 5 tips that you should follow if you want to reap maximum benefits from your moisturiser.
- 01. Pat, don’t rub
- 02. Scrub to remove dead skin
- 03. Look for moisturising ingredients
- 04. Consider your skin type
- 05. Follow a consistent skincare routine
01. Pat, don’t rub
One of the biggest mistakes most women make while applying a moisturiser is that they slather it and rub it on like sunscreen. This is the reason your moisturiser is not giving you the expected results. Instead, gently pat the moisturiser on your skin. This gentle action increases pressure and heat; both of these elements ensure that your skincare products absorb better.
02. Scrub to remove dead skin
If you don’t exfoliate your skin twice a week, chances are there’s a layer of dead skin cells sitting on your skin. This blocks the penetration of moisturiser and other skincare ingredients into the skin. Exfoliate regularly to give your skincare products a clear path to enter your skin and work effectively.
03. Look for moisturising ingredients
Simply choosing a moisturiser that looks and smells good is not enough. Start reading labels of the products you’re applying on your skin. This will educate you on the good and bad skincare ingredients. While buying a moisturiser, look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramide, sodium hyaluronate and glycerine to completely nourish and moisturise the skin.
04. Consider your skin type
Choosing the right formula is as important as the application technique. Knowing your skin type will help you make a better choice, for example, if you have oily skin you will obviously avoid thick and greasy moisturisers. Thick formulas will take longer to get absorbed and can block the pores of the skin.
05. Follow a consistent skincare routine
It is important to plan and start a skincare routine as well as consistently follow it every day. Splurging on skincare products won’t give you great skin; you also need to use them religiously. If you are still figuring out what to use and when to apply skincare products you can check out our detailed AM and PM skincare guide for oily skin, dry skin, combination skin and sensitive skin.