Moisturizing your dry skin, pretty simple routine, right? Lather it on, rub a bit, and you are good to go? Wrong! There is more to the science on how to moisturize dry skin right, then you ever thought possible!
Our skin care routine looks something like this - cleansing, toning, serum and follow it up with a good moisturizer. Except, it is not just the products themselves, but how you apply it that makes a lot of difference!
When applied right, moisturizer not just seals in the moisture, but also forms a protective layer on the skin, defy signs of ageing and, more importantly, keep your skin from becoming dull or flaky!
Just a few tweaks, here and there, and you will be surprised just how well your skin reacts.
But before we further explore basic rules of moisturizing the skin, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind!
The same moisturizer will not work for all the weathers, you need to change it to suit your changing skin's needs. For instance, during winter, opt for heavy cream-based lotion, and during summer switch it for a lighter formula.
Other than that, here are steps to use the moisturizer right!
Pick the moisturizer. Know your skin type and pick a cream that complements your skin. If your skin is oily, the moisturizer should effectively do the job of sealing in the moisture, without leaving your skin greasy. Always, pick a cream infused with SPF properties that you don't have to apply two creams.
Wash your face. A good skin care routine starts with cleansing your face of the day's dirt and grime buildup. Make sure the face wash you use does not strip your skin of its natural oil, but draws out the impurities, while keeping its pH balance intact!
Pat your skin dry. Never rub your skin too vigorously. All the tugging and pulling will cause signs of ageing to sprout up, much before you anticipated. Let your skin remain slightly moist, as it makes for a better canvas for the moisturizer.
Toning. A suitable toner will remove any left-over dirt residue from your skin, and allow the moisturizer to work better. Here is a natural alternative that will suit all skin types. Take a few drops of rose water onto a cotton ball and dab it on your skin. Allow it to get absorbed naturally.
Take a required amount of moisturizer in the palm of your hands. Apply it in small dots on your chin, nose, forehead and cheeks.
Using two fingers from both your hands, apply the moisturizer. Starting from the centre of your forehead, move it outwards and up. Same goes for your cheek and nose.
Using a swirling motion, gently blend the cream into your skin in a circular movement. Avoid exerting too much pressure, or rubbing vigorously, as it can tear your gentle skin layers, creating fine lines.
Things To Remember
- Never forget moisturizing your neck, as it is just as susceptible to developing signs of ageing as your face.
- Steer clear from ingredients like parabens, artificial fragrance and petrolatum in your skin moisturizer, as it does more damage than any good.
- Oily skin needs moisturizer too, so never skip on it, instead get a cream that suits your skin type.
When you use these simple tricks to apply moisturizer, you will notice your skin become visibly plump, smooth and radiant.