March 2, 2016 Angela Melero Face

How to Make the Most of Your Moisturizer

Applying moisturizer seems like one of those things that doesn’t require a ton of thought right? We pour a bit into our hands, slather it on our faces and go about our day. This “devil-may-care” mentality could be causing you to misuse your moisturizer. And, for all that money you spend on your skincare routine, you should be getting the most out of it, right? Check out these tips on how to maximize your moisturizing experience.


1.     Layer It Properly

They say two heads are better than one. Well, we say two (or more) skincare products are better than one. No matter how amazing and effective your moisturizer might be, you’ll get the most functionality out of it by pairing it with an equally powerful serum. Make sure you’re getting the best possible moisture by throwing on a targeted hydrating serum before you slather on the moisturizer. This is especially important for those with ultra-dry and/or mature complexions!

2.     Timing is Everything

Make sure you are applying your moisturizer at optimal times. We know what you’re thinking: What the heck does that mean? What’s an optimal time? Well, there are definite times that the skin best absorbs moisture. After you shower or wash your face, for example is a great time to throw on your moisturizer. Do not apply your cream on wet, dripping skin as it will slide right off. Instead, apply it after you’ve patted your face and body down with a towel as your skin will still be moist and able to lock in that product.

3.     Use the Right Amount

When it comes to applying moisturizer, you need to take on the role of Goldilocks in that you want the portion to be just right -- not too little and not too much! And while serving size can vary depending on your skin type and face shape, best rule of thumb is making sure you’re able to rub in all of your product (if it won’t fully absorb, you’re using too much!). So start with a small amount, and build as needed until your face and neck are good to go. Follow this skincare application guide for tips on how to measure your moisturizer.

4.     Pick the Right Formula

Everyone’s skin needs are different, so one moisturizer does not necessarily fit all. Make sure you are picking out the correct moisturizer for your skin type to ensure you’re getting the maximum benefits. Otherwise you might find yourself with some unnecessary skin problems on your hands! Need some help? Read this guide to steer you in the right moisturizing direction!

Product Recommendations: Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream, Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Deep Moisture Clarifying Cream, L’Oréal Paris Wrinkle Expert 55+ Moisturizer

5.     Don’t Neglect the Neck

Many of us are guilty of stopping our skincare routine at the jawline, and we’re here to shed some light on that VERY common beauty blunder. One of the most important places to keep hydrated and healthy is also the most commonly neglected: the neck. The skin around the neck and decollete is thin and pretty fragile and therefore most susceptible to dryness, damage and premature aging. You know the whole “turkey neck” effect we’ve all heard about? It’s a real thing! Do some damage control by making sure you’re working your moisturizer onto your your neck and chest area. Trust us, your neck will thank you. 

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    About the Author: Angela helps inspire and inform the audience by delivering the latest beauty tips, tricks and trends.