5 Moisturizer Myths You Should Never Fall For
Few would argue that moisturizing is important, but that’s not to say all aspects of moisturizing is agreed on by everyone. That’s because there are many moisturizing myths floating around that are being taken as fact. From whether it’s possible to over-moisturize the skin to replacing your night cream with day cream and vice versa, we’re setting the record straight once and for all on five common moisturizing myths ahead.
MYTH #1: OILY SKIN TYPES SHOULD AVOID MOISTURIZER.
The truth is all skin needs daily moisture. Yes, even oily skin! If your skin is prone to looking greasy, chances are you think skipping out on moisturizer or cream can help keep excess oil and shine in check. The truth is, neglecting to apply moisturizer day in and day out can actually cause the opposite to occur. By depriving your skin of hydration, your sebaceous glands can be kicked into overdrive to compensate for what’s believed to be a loss of moisture. As a result, you’re back to square one and dealing with an oilier-looking complexion. What you should do instead is apply an oil-free, mattifying face moisturizer to your skin day and night to keep your skin hydrated without adding an unwanted layer of shine.
MYTH #2: IT’S POSSIBLE TO OVER-MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN.
Do you lather on moisturizer beyond the minimum twice per day recommended on your products? The good news is you can keep on keepin’ on. Contrary to what many believe, your skin cannot become dependent on a moisturizer the same way you cannot “over-moisturize” your skin. If your skin feels dry, go ahead and apply moisturizer as liberally and as frequently as needed. That said, if you feel like your skin is consistently dry even after multiple applications of moisturizer, it’s worth looking into the specific formula. It’s possible that you are using a moisturizer that isn’t suited to your specific skin type.
MYTH #3: IT’S BEST TO APPLY MOISTURIZER ONTO DRY SKIN.
Applying moisturizer onto dry skin isn’t necessarily going to cause a bad reaction, it’s simply not the most ideal time to apply it. Instead, stick to applying both face and body hydrators onto skin that’s slightly damp. “Apply moisturizer immediately after getting out of the shower or bath,” says dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Michael Kaminer. “This is when your skin is most hydrated and the moisturizers can help seal it in.”
MYTH #4: ALL MOISTURIZERS ARE CREATED EQUAL
Think all moisturizers are one in the same? Think again. “Moisturizer is simply a generic term which encompasses an extensive array of topical creams, gels, lotions, emulsions, and ointments,” says plastic surgeon, SkinCeuticals ambassador, and Skincare.com consultant Dr. Peter Schmid. “These formulas may contain humectants, occlusives and/or emollients in their combination of ingredients.”
MYTH #5: DAY AND NIGHT CREAMS ARE INTERCHANGEABLE.
So, you apply the same day cream you use in the morning onto your skin in the evening. While you aren’t exactly harming your skin, you’re not allowing it to reap all of the benefits either. Day creams are typically lighter since oftentimes they’re formulated to be worn under makeup. More often than not, day creams also boast built-in SPF, which isn’t needed at night. Night creams, on the other hand, tend to be thicker and are often formulated with anti-aging ingredients (think: retinol or glycolic acid). Since our skin repairs itself during deep sleep, we can afford the longer wait for a night cream to be absorbed.