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Even if you’re a no-fuss, makeup-free kind of gal, one of the few skin care products you simply shouldn’t skip out on using would have to be moisturizer. After all, there’s just something so beautiful and glow-y about the way moisturized skin looks. Of course, how and when you moisturize is just as important as what moisturizer you use on your face and body. Keep reading to learn the best times to use moisturizer—and how to apply it—for your most gorgeous-looking complexion yet. It’s time to moisturize your skin like a pro!
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the best time to apply moisturizer is when your skin is still damp, as this can help lock in hydration. 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 Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin.
Set your skin up for success by moisturizing before heading out for the day. Moisturizing should be the last step in your skin care routine before you move onto makeup, so don’t forget to use one before applying your foundation. Look for a moisturizer that’s formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30, and apply as directed. (Remember to take other sun protection measures as well, including limiting your amount of time in the sun, seeking shade, and covering up exposed areas when you’re outside). Toss the bottle in your bag so that you can reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
Put your hard-earned beauty sleep to good use by applying a super-hydrating moisturizer before your head hits the pillow. Think outside the box by reaching for an overnight face mask, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Intensive Overnight Face Mask. This luxurious, hydrating leave-on creamy mask forms a virtual protective mask to cradle skin. Immediately, skin feels hydrated and looks more radiant. Apply this overnight face mask to cleansed skin before bed, smoothing it over your face, neck, and jawline until absorbed. Leave it on overnight, then go about your morning skin care routine when you wake up.
The cabin of an airplane can have very dry air, which can make your skin feel drier. 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 mid-flight to help keep your skin hydrated.
Your face isn’t the only area that deserves the moisturizing love. Show the rest of your body the care it deserves. Just as you should apply a moisturizer to your face while it’s damp, you should 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 knees, elbows, and ankles. To really up your body moisturizing game, apply a thick lotion to your hands and feet after a nighttime shower, then cover them in gloves and socks to help lock in moisture while you snooze.
So now you know that moisturizing is as simple as you originally may have thought. To learn even more about the right way to moisturize your skin, check out our article, Your Ultimate Guide to Skin Hydration.