Moisturizing is one of the most basic parts of any skin care routine, and that may have you thinking you’ve surely mastered it already. In reality, though, that might not necessarily be the case. Just because it’s basic doesn’t mean that everything you need to know about moisturizer is totally obvious. Getting the most out of your moisturizer and hydrating your skin correctly goes beyond simply applying one to your complexion—there are actual rules you should keep in mind. Keep reading for your moisturizing cheat sheet. Follow these six rules to help make moisturizing a no-brainer.
Rule #1: Moisturizing Is a Must
If you’re trying to wiggle your way out of using moisturizer, you’ll have no such luck. Moisturizing should a non-negotiable part of every skin care routine—seriously, every single one. No matter your skin type or tone, your skin requires hydration to help keep it looking its best.
Rule #2: Pick the Best Moisturizer for Your Skin Type
Everyone needs to moisturize, but that doesn’t mean just any product will do. The moisturizer that will work best for you depends on your specific skin type and concerns. Stick with creams or lotions that are formulated for your skin type, like the below options.
If you have normal/oily skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin. In normal and oily skin, external factors such as pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture and an increase in oil production. As a result, your complexion can start to look overly shiny. This water-based moisturizer helps reduce the appearance of excess shine and has a matte finish.
If you have normal/dry skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin. Normal and dry skin faces external factors such as pollution and UV rays that can damage the skin’s moisture barrier, increasing loss of moisture and causing it to become drier. As a result, skin surfaces loses it glow, becoming dull-looking. This water-based moisturizer envelops skin with moisture, improving the look of skin’s radiance.
If you have extra dry skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin. Your skin has a very fragile moisture barrier that can be easily damaged by external factors such as pollution and UV rays. Skin consequently loses its ability to retain moisture, becoming easily dehydrated, feeling tight and uncomfortable. This water-based moisturizer envelops skin with moisture, providing comfort.
Rule #3: Start with a Clean Canvas
Before you start applying your moisturizer, cleanse your complexion first. Cleansing helps remove dirt, oils, and makeup from the surface of your skin. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox and Brighten Cleanser, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate and Refine Cleanser, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify and Mattify Cleanser are formulated to transform to clay to mousse when you use them.
Rule #5: Moisturize Straight Out of the Shower
Chances are you notice your need for moisturizer after you’ve dried off post-shower or cleansing, but that isn’t the best time to smooth on your silky creams and lotions. Instead, spread your moisturizer onto skin that’s still damp. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the best time to apply moisturizer is when your skin is still wet, as this can help lock in hydration.
Rule #6: Nourish at Night
Don’t skip out on moisturizer before bed! Before hitting the hay, help up your skin hydration by using an ultra-nourishing product, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Overnight Mask. This luxurious, hydrating leave-on cream mask forms a virtual protective mask to cradle skin. Immediately after use, skin feels hydrated. Every evening, apply prior to sleep on cleansed skin. Smooth over your face, neck and jawline until absorbed and leave on overnight.
That’s it! Six easy rules for using moisturizer. Commit them to memory, then check out our article, How to Find the Right Moisturizer for Your Skin.
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