Moisturizing Mistakes You Might Be Making
Moisturizer is pretty straightforward. You buy one, rub it on, and you're done!
It turns out, it isn't exactly that simple. How you apply it, when you apply it, and what you apply makes all the difference when it comes to hydrating your skin and preventing issues like irritation and breakouts.
You might be sabotaging your moisture levels simply by moisturizing all wrong. Here are the top moisturizing mistakes you might be making (and how to fix them!).
Applying on Dirty Skin
One of the most common moisturizing mistakes is applying lotion on unwashed skin.
Here's why it's a bad idea: A good lotion helps to seal your skin barrier. Your skin barrier is responsible for keeping moisture in and bacteria, allergens, and irritants out. In other words, applying moisturizer on grubby skin is basically locking in all that nasty stuff, leaving you prone to blemishes and irritation.
What's more, skincare products penetrate clean skin more effectively. By cleaning away dirt, oils, and dead skin cells before moisturizing, you'll help your products work harder.
Always wash your face before slathering on moisturizer. Feel free to follow up with a hydrating toner before creaming!
Undermining Your Cleanser
Using a harsh, drying cleanser is never the best way to start a skincare routine. Invest in a face wash formulated for your skin type and skin concerns.
If you have acne-prone skin, prep your skin with Truly's CBD Jelly Anti-Blemish Cleanser. It's formulated with salicylic acid, CBD, and watermelon to treat and prevent pimples.
Opt for Truly's Vegan Collagen Facial Cleanser if you're looking to treat and curb fine lines and wrinkles. It's made with retinol, vitamin C, and coconut to resurface, brighten, and smooth skin.
Applying on Dry Skin
For maximum impact, apply your lotion to slightly damp skin. After washing your face or taking a shower, lightly pat your skin dry so that it's damp but not soaking wet. Then rub in your face cream. The idea is to lock in moisture before it evaporates. That's why it's always best to massage in your moisturizer while your skin's still damp.
Thinking Cream is the Only Way to Hydrate
If you have oily skin or acne-prone skin, you may not like the way your skin feels with regular lotion. The good news is, you don't have to use face cream to hydrate your skin. There are plenty of hydrating serums out there you can choose from that offer just as much hydration without leaving you prone to breakouts or shiny spots.
Truly's Hemp Oil Facial Serum is a great pick for diminishing dryness without being heavy, thick, or comedogenic.
We know you want that hundred dollar anti-aging cream to last a few times before having to stock up, but seriously, it's not worth using if you're not using sufficient amounts.
For best results from your daily moisturizer, use a nickel sized amount, and do NOT neglect your neck and décolletage.
Your neck and chest get a ton of sun, so it's crucial to use it on those areas too. Yes, that includes sunscreen and a hydrating lotion. Neglecting the neck and décolletage is a common skincare mistake, and it's the reason those areas get wrinkly first.
If you don't want to use your lavish face cream on your neck and boobs, invest in a moisturizer formulated especially for those areas, like Truly's Nice Melons Boob Butter.
Only Applying it Once
Moisturizing is an important step in your daily skincare regimen. Your skin needs regular doses of hydration to stay looking and feeling healthy. Applying only a smidgen of cream in the evening may not be enough to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day.
Dermatologists recommend applying the moisturizer once in the morning and once in the evening -- right after cleansing.
"Personally, I recommend using a combo moisturizer with SPF 30 in the morning and a thicker, more hydrating lotion at night," says Charles Puza, M.D., board-certified dermatologist. "The thicker lotion in the evening is to help hydrate your skin after retinoids (which are so important to use regularly!) and prevent the dreaded 'retinol purge.'
You might feel like the more lotion you apply, the less dehydrated your skin will become. While it's important to apply moisturizer frequently and consistently to maintain skin hydration, you want to avoid overapplying it.
Applying too much at once can suffocate the skin, which can lead to redness, irritation, and potentially even breakouts. This is especially common in sensitive skin types.
As we mentioned before, the right amount of moisturizer to apply in one go is a nickel sized amount. Like with most beauty products, sometimes less is actually more. So avoid going overboard with your creams.
Not Using the Right Moisturizer
The best moisturizer is one that suits your skin type and address your skin issues. Whether you've got dry skin or aging skin, dark spots or blemishes, using the right moisturizer can make all the difference.
Generally speaking, the best ingredient to look for in any moisturizer or serum is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid supports natural collagen production while making your skin cells bind and absorb water, delivering young, plump skin. You will find this ingredient in Truly's Cream Skin Face Cream.
If you have aging skin, reach for a rich lotion formulated with age-reversing ingredients like retinol, ceramides, and peptides. Those with acne-prone, oily skin, should opt for oil-free formulas made with acne-fighting ingredients like hemp and salicylic acid.
Not Using a Separate Eye Cream
According to NYC dermatologist Debra Jaliman, you should use a separate cream targeted for your delicate eye area.
"Use only creams and serums that say they've been ophthalmologically tested, and by all means avoid those with fragrances, which can irritate skin and cause swelling," she explains. "Eyelid skin is so thin that the ingredients can actually penetrate to the eyeball beneath."
Reach for Truly's Eye Candy Eye Cream.
Have you been making any of these moisturizing mistakes? You're not alone. Start fixing your mistakes now, and you'll soon reap the rewards!