Moisturizing is one skincare step that is easy to follow. However, there are many ways that you can go wrong when using this product. An incorrectly chosen formula and careless application can lead to breakouts, sagging skin, and dullness. Here are three steps you didn’t know you were making – and how to fix them!
Mistake #1: Pulling on the skin
Vigorously rubbing moisturizer into the skin can wreak havoc on your complexion. Pulling on the skin in a downward motion can contribute to premature wrinkles. To prevent this, apply your moisturizer in upward, circular motions. Gently tap moisturizer into your eye area to prevent redness or wrinkles.
Mistake #2: You don’t apply moisturizer regularly
It seems logical to stop applying moisturizer once your skin is hydrated, right? Wrong! If your skin is already dry, it’s likely that there’s a layer of dead skin on the surface that will make it harder for the product to reach your skin’s moisture barrier. Aim to moisturize 1-2 times per day (depending on your skin type) to maintain supple skin.
Mistake #3: You don’t switch your moisturizer
I’m guilty of using the same moisturizer year-round. The fact is, the same moisturizer you use in the summertime may not be hydrating enough in the winter months. The effectiveness of your moisturizer can plateau if your skin becomes used to the ingredients, if the weather changes drastically, or if your skin type changes. It’s important to switch moisturizers with different active ingredients to maintain effectiveness. I apply a cream-based, thicker moisturizer in the winter months, but switch to a light, water-based formula in the summertime.