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When Should You Moisturize? The 8 Best Times to Apply Face Moisturizer

Skin Care Essentials

When Should You Moisturize? The 8 Best Times to Apply Face Moisturizer When Should You Moisturize? The 8 Best Times to Apply Face Moisturizer When Should You Moisturize? The 8 Best Times to Apply Face Moisturizer

Even if you’re a no-fuss, makeup-free kind of gal, you likely moisturize your skin twice a day. After all, nothing beats the way glow-y, healthy, moisturized skin looks. Of course, knowing how and when to moisturize is just as important as the actual moisturizer you use on your face and body. Keep reading to learn the best times to incorporate moisturizer into your skin care routine—and how to apply it—for your most gorgeous-looking skin yet. It’s time to welcome the best moisturizing products and habits into your routine.

WHEN SHOULD YOU MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN?

Wondering when to moisturize your skin? Below, find eight situations that indicate it’s time to slather your skin with moisturizer.

1. USE MOISTURIZER…RIGHT AFTER YOU WASH YOUR FACE

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the best time to apply moisturizer is when your skin is damp, as this can help lock in the hydration from your moisturizer. So, use your moisturizer before your skin has dried post-cleansing. (That means no more reaching for a towel as soon as you rinse off your facial cleanser!) Try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily SkinL’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin.

2. USE MOISTURIZER…IN THE MORNING

Set your skin up for success by moisturizing before you head out for the day. Moisturizing should be the last step in your skin care routine before applying makeup, so don’t forget to use a face cream or lotion before applying your foundation or makeup primer. Look for a moisturizer that’s formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30, and apply it as directed.

Editor’s note: Take other sun protection measures as well, including limiting your time in the sun, seeking shade, and covering up exposed areas when you’re outside. If you’re relying on your moisturizer for sun protection, toss the bottle in your bag after applying. Why? Because reapplying is a must! Break out the bottle every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.

3. USE MOISTURIZER…BEFORE BED

Put your hard-earned beauty sleep to good use by applying a super-hydrating moisturizer before getting some shut-eye. Think outside the box by reaching for an overnight face mask, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Anti-Aging Overnight Mask. This luxurious, hydrating leave-on creamy mask forms a virtual protective mask to cradle your skin. Immediately, your skin will be left feeling hydrated and looking more radiant. Apply this overnight face mask after cleansing at night. (For your cleanser, try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser.) Smooth the face mask over your face, neck, and jawline until absorbed—just as you would apply a regular moisturizer. Leave it on overnight, then go about your morning skin care routine when you wake up.

4. USE MOISTURIZER…PRE- AND POST-FLIGHT

The cabin of an airplane can have very dry air that may, in turn, dry out your skin. As excited as you might be for a getaway, sitting for hours on an airplane might not be all that great for your complexion. Quickly cleanse your skin with micellar water (which doesn’t require any rinsing) before taking off, then follow up with a hydrating moisturizer. Once you’ve landed, repeat this process if your skin is feeling dry. You can also spritz on a facial mist (travel-sized, of course) mid-flight to help keep your skin hydrated throughout your travels.

5. USE MOISTURIZER…AS SOON AS YOU HOP OUT OF THE SHOWER

Your face isn’t the only area that deserves some moisturizing love. Just as you should apply a moisturizer to your face while it’s damp, apply a moisturizer to the skin below your jawline after stepping out of the shower. Pay particular attention to areas that tend to be on the dry side, like your ankles, elbows, and knees. To really up your body moisturizing game, apply a thick lotion to your hands and feet after a nighttime shower. Cover them in cotton gloves and cozy socks to help lock in moisture while you snooze.

6. USE A MOISTURIZER…WHEN YOU’RE BREAKING OUT

The first thing you may think when an unwanted breakout occurs is that you need to remove all moisture from your skin. And that's totally the case, right? Wrong. In reality, drying out your complexion won’t do you any favors! Keeping your skin care routine consistent—which includes moisturizing twice a day—is always a good idea.

7. USE A MOISTURIZER…WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE SKIPPING MAKEUP

If you feel like going bare-faced, using a moisturizer is a great way to leave your skin looking fresh, hydrated, and natural. While it may not give you the coverage that makeup does, it will smooth out your skin and imperfections for a more beautiful overall complexion on days when you want to run out the door au naturel. One of our favorite moisturizers for this purpose is the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Fragrance Free Face Moisturizer since it has a pink tone that makes skin look immediately rejuvenated.

8. USE A MOISTURIZER…BEFORE DOING YOUR MAKEUP FOR A NIGHT OUT

As we mentioned earlier, applying a moisturizer should be the final step in your skin care routine, before you apply makeup. However, if you’re redoing your makeup for a night out—without repeating your skin care routine—it’s still important to moisturize. Using a facial moisturizer will hydrate and smooth out your skin, giving you the ideal complexion for applying your makeup look of choice. Seriously, try it! After layering foundation and face powder on top of your hydrated complexion, you’ll notice just how much better your makeup applies to freshly moisturized skin.

OTHER SKIN CARE PRODUCTS TO HELP HYDRATE YOUR SKIN

While facial moisturizer is a great way to hydrate your skin, there are other skin care products you can include in your daily routine to maintain fresh, healthy, and moisturized skin. Here are a few of our best skin care products—that aren’t moisturizers—to try if you have skin in need of an extra dose of hydration:

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum: This serum for mature skin will give your skin radiance and vitality, helping to reveal more youthful, replumped, and vibrant-looking skin. Apply the serum in the morning and at night after cleansing.

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum: This intensive hydrating 1.5% pure hyaluronic acid serum replenishes moisture for plumped, youthfully supple skin with bounce. Apply every morning and evening, using two to three drops for your face and neck.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser: Not all cleansers are destined to dry your skin out. Look for a cream cleanser formula that will nourish your skin while it cleanses. This daily cream cleanser with replenishing oils gently yet effectively removes traces of makeup and cleanses without over-drying for softer, smoother skin.

So, now you know that moisturizing isn’t quite as simple as you might have originally thought. To learn even more about the right way to moisturize your skin, check out our article, Your Ultimate Guide to Skin Hydration.