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

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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
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There are various beauty rituals that go hand in hand with healthy-looking skin and applying facial moisturizer daily tops the list. Sporting glow-y, beautiful skin is the ultimate goal for many of us, after all. However, knowing how and when should you moisturize is just as important as the product you use on your face and body. So, if you’re unsure about how often you should reach for a moisturizer in your regimen, we’re here to help. Ahead, we answer, “When should you moisturizer your skin,” by sharing the eight best times to incorporate moisturizer into your skin care routine.

1. USE MOISTURIZER RIGHT AFTER WASHING 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 hydration. Use your face cream 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 Revitalift Triple Power Anti-Aging Moisturizer Fragrance Free, which works to plump your skin with hydration and firm and brighten your complexion in just one week.

2. APPLY 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: Using a moisturizer with SPF shouldn’t be your only line of defense when dealing with sun protection. The Food & Drug Administration recommends taking 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. Break out the bottle every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.

3. LAYER ON MOISTURIZER BEFORE BED

Put your hard-earned beauty sleep to use by applying a super-hydrating and cooling moisturizer before getting some shut-eye. This is where the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Cooling Night Moisturizer comes in. It’s formulated with imperial peony and LHA to gently exfoliate and stimulate surface cell renewal, reviving skin’s natural pink tone. This essential also absorbs quickly, instantly cools the skin, and provides lasting hydration with a non-greasy feel. With continued use, skin's firmness and radiance are improved.

If you love the idea of adding a little pampering into your skin care routine, reach 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 protective layer to cradle your skin. Immediately, your skin will be left feeling hydrated and looking more radiant. Apply this overnight face mask after cleansing. (For your cleanser, try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser.) Smooth the 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 as usual.

4. SMOOTH ON MOISTURIZER PRE- AND POST-FLIGHT

The cabin of an airplane can have very dry air that may dry out your skin. Stay ahead of the game by quickly cleansing 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 RIGHT AFTER A 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 it to the skin below your jawline post-shower. Pay particular attention to dry areas, like your ankles, elbows, and knees. 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. APPLY 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. However, 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 wise idea.

7. LAYER ON MOISTURIZER WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE SKIPPING MAKEUP

If you feel like going bare-faced, using a moisturizer is a solid 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 to give you a beautiful overall complexion. One of our favorite moisturizers for this purpose is the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Fragrance Free Face Moisturizer. It has a pink tone that helps skin look immediately rejuvenated.

8. USE MOISTURIZER BEFORE DOING YOUR MAKEUP

As we mentioned, applying a moisturizer should be the final step in your skin care routine, before you apply makeup. If you’re reapplying your makeup for a virtual soiree—without repeating your skin care routine—it’s still important to moisturize. A facial moisturizer will hydrate and smooth out your skin, giving you the ideal complexion for applying your makeup look of choice. 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 using a facial moisturizer is a smart way to hydrate your skin, there are other skin care products you can include in your daily routine to get the job done. Consider our best skin care products below—that aren’t moisturizers—to score an extra dose of hydration.

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum: This face serum is formulated with glycolic acid, an AHA, that helps to exfoliate, even skin tone, and reduce dark spots. It also contains hyaluronic acid and aloe to keep your skin moisturized. Apply it every evening, smoothing four to five drops over your face until thoroughly absorbed. Be sure to follow up with broad-spectrum sunscreen in the a.m. since this product can cause sun sensitivity.

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.9% Pure Hyaluronic Acid 7 Replumping Ampoules: If you’re seeking a super-charged treatment that provides lasting hydration, these ampoules are worth a try. They're formulated with a high concentration of hyaluronic acid that helps to visibly plump and hydrate your skin. Tap the top of the vial and crack it off. Apply half of the serum onto your face, neck, and chest. Then, use the top you cracked off as a plug to store the rest for a second use.

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum: If you don’t already have a hyaluronic acid serum in your arsenal, we recommend adding this one ASAP. This intensive hydrating 1.5% pure hyaluronic acid serum absorbs quickly to replenish hydration, leaving you with visibly plumped, youthful-looking skin. Every morning and evening, apply two to three drops to the face and neck, and gently smooth onto skin. Make sure to avoid the eye area.

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

Next up: If you’re interested in learning more about the right way to moisturize your skin, we can help. Check out our article, Your Ultimate Guide To Skin Hydration, for more information.

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