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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 is facial moisturizer. After all, there’s just something so beautiful and glow-y—not to mention healthy—about the way 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 moisturize your skin like a pro!
Wondering when to moisturize your skin? Below, find 8 situations that indicate it’s time to slather your skin with moisturizer.
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 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 you head 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 prior to 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 Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30, and apply it as directed.
Editor’s note: Remember to 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.
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 your skin. Immediately, your skin will be left feeling hydrated and looking more radiant. Apply this overnight face mask after cleansing before bed. (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. 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 (travel-sized, of course) mid-flight to help keep your skin hydrated throughout your travels.
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 cotton gloves and cozy socks to help lock in moisture while you snooze.
The first thing you may think when an unwanted breakout occurs is that you need to remove all moisture from your skin. In reality, drying out your complexion won’t do you any favors! Keeping your skin care routine consistent—which includes moisturizing on the regular—is always a good idea.
If you feel like going bare-faced, using a moisturizer is a great way to leave your skin looking hydrated, fresh, and natural. While it may not give you the coverage that makeup does, it will smooth out your skin and imperfections, giving you a nicer overall complexion on days when you want to run out the door au naturel.
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 over top your hydrated complexion, you’ll notice just how much better your makeup applies to freshly moisturized 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 Youth Code Skin Illuminator Tinted All-In-1 Moisturizer SPF 20: This tinted moisturizer will even out your skin tone with its lightweight, tone-matching coverage while giving your skin long-lasting hydration. Apply this product to clean skin. When using it as a sunscreen, make sure to apply as directed and reapply at least every two hours.
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 Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - Normal To Dry Skin: This micellar water acts as a facial cleanser and makeup remover. It will hydrate, soothe, and clean the skin of dirt and impurities without stripping the skin causing dryness.
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.