We, beauty addicts, know how important hydration is for our skin. Besides hating on the drinking-eight-times-per-day method that all clear skinned people claim to only do, maybe we should take a step back and analyse our own skincare routine.
Perhaps it’s just as simple as the way we apply our every day moisturiser. It doesn’t matter what type of skin you have, be it oily or dry, moisturising is a crucial step that you shouldn’t skip. It’s just about choosing the right one and applying it the right way.
Here are five of the biggest tips that we at JUICE can offer:
1. Apply moisturiser when your skin is damp, not after you dry it
Your moisturiser is not used in it’s full potential when you wait a few minutes or hours after washing your face before putting it on. In fact, it is the most effective when skin is still damp, as damp skin best absorbs the moisture and locks it in for a longer time. As the back of the bottle says, you should always apply moisturiser to clean skin—and for maximum results, shortly after cleansing, before your skin is totally dry.
2. Make sure your skincare products are layered properly
In order to get the maximum benefit from a product, including your moisturiser, start with the lightest products and work your way up to the thickest product. For example, if you have acne and are using any acne medicine, your general A.M. routine would be like this: wash, medicine, moisturiser with sunscreen. Or if you use a treatment serum, your routine would be placed in this order: cleanser, serum, moisturiser and lastly sunscreen.
3. Stop rubbing in it too hard!
That’s what she said We know you tend to be in a rush and would just roughly slap it on thinking you’re good to go. Well, you’re not good to go. Moisturisers should always be gently massaged into the skin. Working the skin too hard can cause over-exfoliation, yikes! We don’t want that as too much rubbing can weaken the skin’s barrier function and cause inflammation. The biggest risk of ’em all is inflammation and disruption in the skin barrier that will leave you vulnerable to infection from microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungus, and can to lead to sensitivity and irritation.
4. Invest in a night cream moisturiser
No, we are not bowing down to capitalism by stealing your hard earned money with two moisturiser a day. There’s a reason why skincare brands sell both of it! In the night-time, your skin is in its peak state of repair and rebuilding with the majority of cell turnover and regeneration occurring when your body is in REM sleep. Also, skin hydration levels will decline at night, therefore night creams are such an important step. To help with the recovery stage, night creams are packed with essential ingredients, such as retinol and peptides, that help soothe and repair the skin. That explains why they are generally thicker and more nourishing.
5. Don’t exfoliate when you have a dry patch on your skin
There is a difference between dull skin and dry skin, if you have a lot of flaking, it means that your skin is lacking hydration. Basically, you skin is begging to be moisturised, not exfoliated. Exfoliating at this stage could cause disruption of the skin barrier and inflammation. Listen to what your skin needs and apply a moisturiser to restore hydration levels.
*Suddenly turns into a beauty guru*
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