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Not much goes into applying a moisturizer, right? All you have to do is pump some out of the bottle, slather it onto your skin, and call it a day. How could you possibly mess that up? Well, you’d be surprised just how many mistakes you could be making when it comes to using moisturizer! From using one that’s not quite right for your skin type to skipping out on it if you have oily skin, here are six common moisturizer mistakes you could be making without even realizing it.
OK, so this may be pretty obvious, but it’s still worth repeating. When it comes to happy, hydrated skin, applying moisturizer just once in a while isn’t going to cut it—and don’t even think about completely skipping out on this step of your skin care routine! Make sure to swipe on a moisturizer morning and night after cleansing.
Yes, it’s important to wear a broad-spectrum SPF every day—even when it’s chilly outside, since you can still get burned on cloudy days, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. If you find that you’re always rushed for time in the A.M., reach for a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum SPF so that you can at least cut one step out of your morning skin care routine. Try the L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends applying sunscreen 15 minutes before you go outside—and make sure you toss the bottle in your tote so that you can reapply every two hours!
Did you know that the skin underneath your eyes can show signs of aging first? That’s because the skin around your eyes in thinner. So, if you haven’t already started using an eye cream regularly, it could be a good idea to add one to your beauty regimen. The L'Oréal Paris Eye Defense is a light, non-greasy gel-cream specially formulated to defend against signs of premature aging around the eyes, including puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles. Apply it in small dots around your eye before moving on to your regular moisturizer.
After cleansing your face, you should towel off before putting on your moisturizer, right? Wrong! Applying moisturizer to damp skin can actually help to lock in hydration—so resist the urge to dry your face after you wash it.
Having oily skin doesn’t mean you get a free pass to skip out on moisturizer. External factors like pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage your skin’s moisture barrier, causing a loss of moisture and resulting in an increase in oil production. Yep: Not moisturizing could lead to your skin becoming oilier. Of course, finding the right moisturizer for oily skin is easier said than done, since you don’t want to use one that’s going to make your complexion look super-shiny. The L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water to help provide long-lasting hydration. Plus, it has a matte (a.k.a. non-shiny finish).
Chances are, when it comes to applying moisturizer, you don’t extend it past your jawline. But it’s time you should! Show your neck and chest some love, too. You can use your regular moisturizer, or you can look for one that’s specifically designed for the face, neck, and chest, such as the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition –Golden Balm Face, Neck, and Chest, which is formulated with 10 precious oils. Apply it morning and evening onto cleansed skin, smoothing it until it’s thoroughly absorbed.