What is the most important part of your body? For most people, you would say your face, because let’s face it, it is the ‘money maker’. Your face is the first part people notice when they look at you and it should always look vibrant and flawless.
Unfortunately, many people don’t know the importance of moisturizing their face properly. The right moisturizer could prevent or induce an outbreak of acne, prevent or cause wrinkles or leave you vulnerable to sunburn. We all want to look ‘hot’, but nobody wants it to be literal.
To prevent any unwanted burns, wrinkles and spots, here are six things you need to know about moisturizing your face:
Every Face Needs Moisturizer
No matter your skin type, you still need to moisturize your face for two main reasons: to keep it hydrated and to prevent sunburn. People with normal or oily skin often feel they don’t need to moisturize as their body produces enough or too much oil. Actually, when your skin is not properly moisturized, it’ll produce more oil than normal, in order to protect itself.
You need to find the right moisturizer for your face. If you have oily skin, find one that is oil-free and non-comedogenic (it prevents pore blockage). Dry skin needs a moisturizer with humectants, while sensitive skin does best with alcohol and fragrance-free products. If your skin gets dehydrated often, instead of doubling the portion of cream you use, find hydrating facial creams.
Moisturizers can Lose their Touch
As we get older, our bodies change, our hormones evolve and moisturizers stop doing their jobs. You could find that your signature lotion is no longer keeping your face as hydrated as it once did and you begin to wonder if they changed the formula. The formula might still be the same, but your skin definitely isn’t, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
When this occurs, the only option you have is to change the products you use, despite the bond you may have developed with your moisturizer over the years.
Nobody likes the idea of getting older, but using the wrong moisturizer will permit lines and wrinkles to appear before their time. Unlike fragrances that smell the same no matter how often you use it, the effectiveness of moisturizers dwindles as our skin changes.
To re-hydrate your skin, buy moisturizers with glycerin or hyaluronic acid.
Massage your Skin
Anything rushed is never done right. The essence of moisturizing your skin is to provide moisture – hydration, so the same way drinking a lot of water in a hurry could end up choking you, rubbing cream or gel on your face quickly will leave it unsatisfied and even parched.
When you apply moisturizer, you need to massage it in. This does not mean you have to put a lot of it, because more is not necessarily better. It is the same amount of lotion, but you massage it in, with gentle yet firm motions.
What even tends to happen in some cases is when you take the time to massage your face, you would end up using less moisturizer, thus lowering the chances of clogging up your pores. Putting on too much moisturiser prevents the skin from absorbing it.
A gentle massage will get the moisturizer into all the nooks and crannies of the skin cells, causing your skin to glow and feel refreshed.
Use Moisturizer to Combat Fine Lines and Dark Spots
Some things don’t belong on our faces until we are at least grandparents, right? No one younger than that should suffer from fine lines, wrinkles or dark spots. Fortunately, there are moisturizers that will keep your face looking young and exuberant for as long as possible.
If you have noticed any fine lines on your face, stressing about it will only make it worse. Get a firming moisturizer rich in nutrients such as Vitamin A and E. Don’t be embarrassed to buy anti-wrinkle cream if you need it; do whatever you need to maintain your youthful glow.
If dark spots have found their way to your face, use a moisturizer with a rich dose of antioxidants. Purchase a brightening moisturizer that works well with your skin type and watch the spots fade away.
Faithful application will give your face an even tone, despite any sun damage you may have endured.
Moisturizing Protects your Face from Internal and External Threats
Every part of your body can be protected from the elements during summer and winter apart from your face. The only protection your face gets is from the moisturizer you use. To protect your skin from the sun’s harsh UV rays, use a moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher.
Some problems are internal and so require a different approach. Moisturizers rich in antioxidants such as retinol, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and green tea help protect the skin from free radicals.
Even as we are to eat fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, moisturizers will provide extra protection against free radicals, thus leaving our skin (and body in general) healthier.
Moisturize Twice a Day
Finally, you should moisturize your face twice a day. When you get out of the shower in the morning, apply moisturizer while your face is still a bit damp to maximize hydration. This will help protect your skin from sun rays and other threats, such as the aforementioned free radicals.
The same process should be repeated at night. This time however, the job of the moisturizer is different. Night time is when your skin replaces the dead cells from the day and the new cells need to be hydrated.
Moisturizing twice a day is not only for people with dry skin, but all skin types and it will keep your face younger for longer.
There are a few other things you need to know about moisturizing your face but these six will set you on your path to newer, fresher looking skin. Some other things to consider are using night masks, changing moisturizers during seasons and keeping an eye out on irritations.
If for any reason you think your moisturizer is ineffective, try a new one but first, consult your dermatologist.