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We’ve extolled the virtues of moisturizing twice daily plenty of times. So, by now, it’s probably pretty safe to say that you’re a pro when it comes to using moisturizer in your skin care routine. But even though you’ve got the basics down pat, are you really using moisturizer to its full potential? While you know that applying it morning and night should be an essential step in your beauty regimen, there are quite a few easy tips you should keep in mind to help maximize your moisturizer’s benefits. From how you apply it to where you apply it to other products you can mix in with it, we have a feeling the following 12 moisturizer hacks are about to find a regular place in your skin care routine. Happy hydrating, folks!
Nope, it’s not just good enough to put your moisturizer on post-cleansing—it’s about how you do it, too. After washing your face, don’t towel-dry. Instead, apply your moisturizer to damp skin, which can help lock in hydration. Use the same technique when it comes to your body as well. Once you hop out of the shower, resist the urge to wrap yourself in a towel for a moment and apply body lotion while you’re still damp. Pay particular attention to areas like your knees, elbows, and feet, which tend to get drier and rougher than the skin on the rest of your bod.
When it comes to using moisturizer, finding the right formula for your skin type is key. After all, those with oily skin have different needs than those with dry skin, and so on and so forth. If you’re in the market for a new skin hydrator, why not take a water-based moisturizer for a test drive? They’re super-popular right now—and for good reason. The following options from L’Oréal Paris are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
If you have oily skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin.
If you have dry skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin.
If you have extra dry skin…try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin.
In terms of skin, getting a pretty-looking glow is always the goal, right? One way to help achieve that is by mixing in a dot of highlighter (a little goes a long way!), like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Liquid Glow Illuminator, to your face lotion.
You can do the same for your body by mixing your body lotion with a self-tanner, like the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Tinted Lotion. (Just remember to let the self-tanner dry completely before getting dressed—and opt for dark, loose clothes to avoid any staining when you do get dressed!)
If you want to help sheer your liquid foundation out a bit, mix a small amount with your moisturizer before applying it to your face. That way you’ll still get coverage without looking your makeup is overdone. Our fave way to apply this moisturizer-foundation combo? With a makeup sponge, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. Use quick dabbing and rolling motions to blend it onto your skin.
Is your skin on the dry, dull side? Consider using a facial oil, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil, before applying moisturizer. This one is formulated for mature skin with eight essential oils. After cleansing, take four to five drops of the facial oil into the palm of your hand and dab it onto your face in small dots. Smooth it from your nose to your ears, your eyebrows to your hairline, and your neck to your jawline. Then, follow up with your moisturizer if you feel that you need more hydration.
Always in a rush in the morning? Well, you shouldn’t skip out on sunscreen—even if you’re running late. That’s because when you spend prolonged periods of time out in the sun without wearing protection, this can lead to damage—and that can show up as visible signs of aging like dark spots and wrinkles down the road. Yikes. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends wearing a broad-spectrum (meaning it protects against UVA and UVB rays) SPF of 15 or higher for everyday use or a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher on days that you know you’ll be spending an extended amount of time out in the sun.
Of course, we get that sometimes it’s a struggle to go through your entire skin care routine in the morning when you’ve got places to be. The good news is that you don’t have to apply a separate moisturizer and sunscreen. Just reach for a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum SPF! Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30, which is formulated with glycolic acid, Pro-Retinol, vitamin C, and broad-spectrum SPF 30. Apply it 15 minutes before stepping outside—and toss it in your purse so that you have it on hand for reapplication, which the Skin Cancer Foundation advises doing every two hours.
Think about it: When you’re moisturizing your face, do you tend to just stop when you reach your jawline? It’s time to pay attention to your neck and chest! Typically, you can use your regular moisturizer to help hydrate your neck and décolletage—or you can use a moisturizer that’s specifically formulated for the face, neck, and chest. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Golden Balm is formulated for mature, very dry skin with 10 precious oils.
ICYMI, exfoliation is the process of sloughing off dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. When you exfoliate, you can help your other skin care products—such as moisturizer—work better, since they won’t be sitting on top of that buildup anymore. As far as how often you should exfoliate, there’s no right or wrong answer—everyone’s skin is different, so pay attention to how yours responds so you can determine what’s best for you. Of course, at this point you probably know what we’re going to say next: Don’t just think about your face! You can exfoliate your body, too! Try using a dry brush before showering or a scrub in the shower. Whether you’re exfoliating your face or your body, remember to be gentle!
The skin around your eyes is thinner than the rest of the skin on your face—and so it deserves some specific attention. That’s where eye cream comes in. Don’t use your regular moisturizer to hydrate the skin around your eyes—use an eye cream instead. The L’Oréal Paris Eye Defense is a light, non-greasy gel-cream specially formulated to defend against the signs of premature aging around the eyes, including puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles. Morning and night, apply it in small dots around your eye until it’s absorbed.
As the weather changes every few months, it may be a good idea to change up your skin care routine as well—just as you do with your wardrobe. In the winter, you might find that your skin is drier than usual (thanks to the low moisture in the air)—which means that a rich, thick cream could help provide more hydration. But when it’s warm outside during the spring and summer, a lightweight face lotion could be all that you need to help keep your complexion hydrated. Make it a priority to pay attention to how the weather affects your skin to see if your regimen needs any tweaking.
You know how uncomfortable dry lips can be—not to mention, applying lipstick over dry lips is probably not going to give you that gorgeous pout you crave. Plenty of people tend to overlook their lips, but it’s so easy to take care of them. Just store a hydrating lip balm (bonus points if it has broad-spectrum SPF) in your bag so that you can swipe it on throughout the day to help keep your lips hydrated.
Your feet go through a lot—you’re on them all day, and sometimes they’re cooped up in tight heels or heavy boots. Needless to say, sometimes they deserve a little extra caring. If you’re feet are dry, slather on a foot cream and put your socks on top before you go to bed. Sweet dreams!