6 Mistakes You’re Making with Your Moisturizer
Are you using your moisturizer correctly? Believe it or not, there are a few common moisturizer mistakes you may be making. Read on to find out if you’re guilty—plus how to avoid any moisturizer mishaps in the future!
We all know the basic don’ts when it comes to skin care: don’t forget to remove all your makeup at night, don’t touch your face throughout the day, don’t pick at your blemishes, and don’t neglect to moisturize daily! Moisturizing should be an important step in every skin care routine no matter your skin type, but did you know there are actually a few common mistakes you might be making with your moisturizer use day in and day out? Don’t panic yet. Ahead, we’re walking you through a handful of moisturizer blunders, so you can remedy them ASAP!
Mistake #1: You’re Dipping with Dirty Digits
If you’re using a moisturizer in a tub or jar, it’s important to make sure you are only reaching in for product with freshly-washed fingers or a product spatula. Bacteria love dark damp areas (a.k.a. the inside of your moisturizer jar) so it’s best to take every precaution possible to help prevent any cross-contamination. Wash those hands before diving into your favorite hydrating cream.
Mistake #2: You’re Being Too Generous
We all want to get the most out of our skin care products, but using more of a product at once does not necessarily mean it will perform better. In fact, using too much moisturizer in one application can actually leave your skin feeling weighed down and greasy, and no one wants that! The best way to know exactly how much of a product you should be using is to consult the use instructions listed on the product packaging.
Editor’s note: If your complexion feels like it needs an extra boost of moisture beyond your usual facial cream, try incorporating a serum formulated with hyaluronic acid into your routine instead of layering on more and more moisturizer. One of our favorites is Vichy Mineral 89. This lightweight serum gives the skin an instant boost of lightweight hydration without an unwanted greasy feel.
Mistake #3: You’re Skipping Applications During a Breakout
Just because you are breaking out doesn’t mean you should skip out on applying moisturizer. Even acne-prone skin requires regular hydration, especially if targeted acne-fighting formulas are being applied to the skin daily. Many of these formulas with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can be drying, so providing your skin with a layer of moisture can help address signs of dryness or flaking you may be experiencing as a result.
Just make sure that the moisturizer you are using agrees with your skin type and is not the reason you are breaking out in the first place. When in doubt, talk to your dermatologist.
Editor’s note: On a similar note, don’t skip out on your moisturizer if your skin feels greasy or oily. There is a common misconception that oily skin does not need moisturizer, but don’t fall for it! Skipping your morning or evening moisturizer can cause the skin to overproduce oil, as it tries to compensate for what’s perceived to be a loss of moisture. If you’re concerned about getting greasy throughout the day, reach for a pack of blotting papers for an instant mattifying effect. If you’re planning on wearing makeup, use a shine-control primer and follow up with a mattifying foundation.
Mistake #4: You’re Not Moisturizing On Damp Skin
It’s definitely important to take your time when caring for your skin, but waiting too long to apply your moisturizer post-shower or cleansing can be keeping you from getting the most out of your moisturizer! Most moisturizers perform best when your skin is just slightly damp. Once you hop out of the shower or gently pat your face dry after cleansing, massage a moisturizer on right away.
Mistake #5: You’re Using the Same Formula Twice Per Day
Listen up ladies— less it not always more, especially when it comes to our moisturizers. The evening is an opportune time to load up on hydration since makeup is a non-factor. If you’re using the same lightweight moisturizer morning and night, you’re missing out on an opportunity to intensely hydrate your skin while you snooze. In the mornings, reach for a moisturizer formulated with Broad Spectrum SPF for protection, or a lightweight serum moisturizer for weightless hydration. You won’t need to worry about UV protection at night, so instead grab a heavy-duty face cream that can flood your skin with moisture. If you have any specific concerns you’d like to address overnight (think: wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots), reach for an evening moisturizer that’s been formulated accordingly.
Mistake #6: You’re Not Extending the Love
Whether you want to believe it or not, signs of aging can occur all over the skin— not just on the face! Care for your décolletage, neck, arms, legs, and entire body just as you do your face. When applying your facial moisturizer, make sure you massage a bit onto your neck and chest, or consider investing in a cream specific for the neck area. One of our favorites is SkinCeuticals’ Neck, Chest & Hand Repair, which can help brighten and hydrate the skin. Apply like you would your facial moisturizer— twice per day after cleansing— to neck, chest, and even your hands. Follow with a body moisturizer for your arms, legs, soles, and more!