7 Ways To Get The Most From Your Moisturiser
It's official, Winter is here and it's taking no prisoners! Whether you're a committed moisturiser or part of the 'I'm too busy club' who only moisturises twice a week, these 7 simple hacks will help you get the most out of your favourite products.
Give it a happy home.
Moisturisers should be stored at room temperature or below to help increase their shelf life, so make sure they are tucked away in a drawer or bathroom cabinet with lids and caps screwed on tightly. You can actually keep some face creams in the fridge – you’ll be surprised just how much a chilled moisturiser applied to the face can do for reducing puffiness and deflating under eye bags, plus it feels so refreshing when you’ve dragged yourself out of bed.
Did you know that the best time to apply any kind of moisturiser is within three minutes of getting out of the bath or shower? This is because your skin will still be slightly damp, which acts like a sponge; quickly absorbing whatever it comes into contact with so this is a great way of locking in extra moisture. Although you need to make sure you have patted your skin down before hand so the moisturiser doesn’t just slide off.
Find the formula for you
In order to figure out what the best type of moisturiser is for you decide what your major skin concern is first. So if you suffer with itchy or dry skin you might find that a thicker ointment will work best for you, anything with hyaluronic acid and dimethicone in will help to keep skin hydrated but are not recommended if you have sensitive skin. Lanolin, mineral oil and petrolatum all help to keep moisture locked into the skin. If you are sensitive look out for hypoallergenic products. Creams are thinner and will help hydrate the skin and are great for normal skin. If you have oily skin perhaps a lotion will work best for you as the main ingredient tends to be water so they are much lighter - if you're also prone to acne look for a non comedogenic facial moisturiser that won’t clog your pores.
Don’t forget the important bits.
We’ve all been guilty of quickly moisturising our legs and face then completely forgetting about everywhere else! Your neck and decolletage are two of the first areas to start to show the signs of ageing, so make sure you’re applying moisturiser here liberally. Don’t forget your hands too, especially in cold and flu season when you’re washing them more often, stop them drying out by using an intensive hand cream or lotion afterwards.
Easy does it.
It’s a common misconception that slathering on moisturiser equals seriously baby soft skin. If you find it tricky to rub in all of your moisturiser it’s possible that you are using too much. If your creams and lotions aren’t spreading across your skin easily you most likely aren’t using enough. As a rule of thumb apply a 20p sized blob on your face and a 50p sized dollop per limb. Getting the balance right will not only save you money but avoid your pores becoming clogged if you've been using too much.
Facial moisturisers are named day and night creams for a reason. A day cream will often contain antioxidants and SPF to protect the skin. Your skin does most of the repair itself at night, a night cream is designed to support this restoration and regenerating process. They tend to be thicker and contain a stronger concentration of anti ageing products which can work to their optimum while you sleep. So treat your skin to a mixture of both creams at the right times of the day.
It’s all in the prep.
The actions you take before applying your moisturiser is just as important as applying it. Be sure to exfoliate your body before applying lotion as it won’t absorb fully if placed on dry flaky skin. Warm skin absorbs more product too hence why we suggested applying moisturisers within the first three minutes of getting out of a warm bath or shower earlier as your pores are going to be open.
We hope this helps you keep your skin feeling lovely right through til spring!