Considering the skincare routine order, the stage whereby you moisturize your skin is very important, even to all the other routines you have to follow. Some people might want to skip this process, especially people with oily skin, thinking that moisturizing will only increase their chances of having acne and pimples. However, this shouldn’t be so!
Moisturizing shouldn’t be left out because it helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles in the driest of skin while giving a healthy and natural glow to all skin types.
If you are reading this, and perhaps thinking of how you can also start to moisturize your skin, you need not worry. This article will show you all you have to do. Let’s get started!
Why You Should Moisturize?
Just imagine how your skin does feel without being properly hydrated. You would agree that it feels generally bad especially when it looks like life has been sucked out of you. At this stage, the skin is more vulnerable to skin problems such as the development of wrinkles and fine lines, loss of natural body oils and reduction of moisture, the occurrence of itches, dry patches, and a lot more!
All these bad signs can be attributed to a lack of moisturizing. When you moisturize often, you could get rid of all these skin problems. It gives you the perfect and healthy glow, maintaining your skin muscle and keeping it firm and intact. To save you the stress of purchasing expensive products that might even add to your number of problems, why not find a better moisturizing routine and stick with it. To achieve this, the next section will discuss just that. Let’s move on!
What You Should Do To Keep Your Skin Hydrated
There is no reason to make such a big fuss about keeping your skin hydrated by moisturizing. When you do all the things highlighted in this section, you will be on a path to a perfect and healthy glow. Just continue reading!
1. Get a Moisturizer
To begin this journey, you should of course get a new moisturizer. Depending on the type of your skin, you should always ensure that the moisturizer is right for your skin. While there are various types of moisturizers in the market right now depending on their consistency whether, in form of creams, lotions, and so on, you should choose the best one good for your skin type.
Likewise, take note of the active ingredient. The most commonly used ingredient include hyaluronic acid (don’t mind the scary name), glycerin, dimethicone, ceramides and so on all have their specific usefulness. However, these ingredients are mostly suitable for a dry skin type. Oily skin should rather go for an oil-free moisturizer.
Furthermore, while purchasing a new product, you should check if it is right for you. You can do this by just applying the moisturizer to a region of your body and check out for possible reactions.
2. Use Your Moisturizer on a Wet Skin
Another way to get the best out of moisturizer is by applying the moisturizer on wet skin. Apart from the humectant nature of moisturizers i.e. they can attract water from the surrounding unto the skin, they could as well help to lock and retain some moisture already present on the skin. Already moist skin is one way to go about this.
For instance, after bathing your face still feels moist even after drying. At this point, you should use your moisturizer to trap and retain the moisture present on the face.
This process will be so helpful especially if you have dry skin or your skincare routine order is long. Instead of wasting time while losing some moisture on the face, just apply your moisturizer to your moist skin and move on!
3. Using Oils
Oils are emollient – can sit well on top of the skin while hydrating it and they are also occlusive. They can also help to lock in some moisture. Due to these characteristics, you might want to replace your regular moisturizer with oils, especially facial oils. We recommend you should not do so. This is because both of them have their functions – moisturizers can attract moisture from the surrounding to your skin while oils can’t do this. Instead, you could mix your moisturizer with certain oil and use it directly on the skin. You could as well layer it on top of your skin after moisturizing giving you a double hydrating, soothing effect on your skin.
On the off chance that you have oily skin, oils might prove rather tragic to you. The use of some oils might result in pores clogging and might increase your chances of having skin issues like acne. To be on the safer side, we recommend you try out the oil on a small region of your skin and check for a possible reaction.
4. Use Your Sunscreen
The use of sunscreen cannot be overemphasized. Sunscreen is of great help to the skin. They come in different forms, some might be added to the moisturizer while there are specially formulated sunscreen. Proper moisturizing can help soothe your skin and prevent the formation of wrinkles. To double this up, a good sunscreen that has broad specificity and protection can help to prevent wrinkle formation. This is because sunscreen also contains antioxidants that fight free radicals that damage the skin plus you do not want to have a sunburn on a face without moisture.
5. Moisturize At Night
Research has shown that the skin is greatly repaired and rejuvenated at night. It is in a state of resting and not protection like during the day. Therefore, moisturizing at night wouldn’t be a bad thing. You could decide to use your regular moisturizer at the night. However, a night cream is specially formulated for this purpose. They are often thicker than normal and can only be used at night. Night creams that contain moisturizing agents will help to hydrate your skin while preparing it for the day ahead and keep your hydration tank full!
6. Use the Right Skincare Products
Do you know that some of your skincare products can be moisturizing as well? To be quite factual with you, they do!
Most of the moisturizing agents are added to skincare products. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, lanolin, glycerin, and much more are added to improve the skin moisture level. Look at these ingredients in your skincare regimen to double up your chances.
How to Moisturize Your Skin Naturally?
There are some other easy natural ways through which you can moisturize your skin. Check them out below.
If you have some natural oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, to mention but a few lying dormant on your shelf, now is the time to put them into good use. These oils have lots of great benefits to the skin. They contain some vitamins like vitamins A and E and some fatty acids. With their strong penetrating power, they can help to improve your hydration level, lock in moisture on the skin while making it soothing all over again.
All you got to do, is just massage the oil on your skin and you are ready to go.
You should trust the wonders of this small plant that can grow anywhere. Aloe vera is of great importance to the skin. Lack of moisture on the skin can lead to cracks and itches. If you feel this, aloe vera will help your condition. It is known to contain anti-inflammatory substances, vitamins A and E, and lots of other good things!
Asides from using honey in cooking, it also holds the secret to well-moisturized skin. Honey is a natural moisturizer. It can help attract moisture from the surroundings and as well lock in the moisture on your skin. Just like the perfect taste it has, it also gives you a perfect glow while using it. Honey also has some other importance like the antibacterial nature which can prevent pores clogging and hence improves the way your skin is moisturized.
Water is often overlooked as a good moisturizing agent. The amount of water present in your body also affects your moisture level. Drinking water will improve the lung’s condition while keeping you hydrated rather than dehydrated.
Shea butter is extremely moisturizing thanks to the presence of fatty acids present in it. All you have got to do is to apply it thoroughly to the skin
Moisturizing is not only meant for dry skin but all skin types. It helps to keep your skin feeling hydrated while leaving it supple with a perfect and healthy glow. You can moisturize by getting a good moisturizer, applying it on wet skin, and using the right skincare products. Remember to use your sunscreen and moisturize at night using night creams.
Likewise, you can go all-natural by using natural oil, honey, aloe vera, shea butter and do not forget to drink water.