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How to Moisturize Your Skin Effectively
Soft and Supple Skin
Why use Moisturizer?
Knowing how to moisturize your skin effectively is one of the most important steps of a beauty routine. If our skin is not moisturized then this will have consequences.
Keeping the skin soft and supple is something in everyone’s reach, if they have the mind to do so. It’s not rocket science but a few pointers and tips to pick the right one is important.
Our skins change through the years and that is an undisputed fact.
If it did not change we would all have the skin of newborn babies, soft, plump and not a wrinkle in sight.
Regardless of your skin type, we all need some form of skin moisturizing or hydrating ranging from the oil free light lotions suited to a more oily or acne prone skin to the heavier oilier moisturizers favored by dry skins.
Moisturizer is needed for both the face and the body and as individuals we need to identify what it is we really need from our moisturizer, what are our priorities and what is the condition of our skin.
Age is another major factor to be considered as a 20 year old will not have the same needs as a 40 year old.
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Factors to Consider when choosing Moisturizers ~
What You Want From Your Moisturizer
Moisturizer Tips ~
The choices we are faced with in skin care brands are staggering and all claim to be the latest and greatest in technological advancement in skin care products.
Anti-Wrinkle creams, Anti-Ageing moisturizers, AHA enriched and sunscreen are the most common things the majority of us look for in a moisturizer, particularly in a face cream.
Effective moisturizing of the skin is in the product choice and the application of the cream. No point buying or making the wrong moisturizer, it is a waste of money.
When applying moisturizer, how to massage your own face is perfect to incorporate into your routine as it stimulates the blood flow and circulation at the same time. Two processes in one go!
Part of our weekly skin care regime should include a face exfoliator or facial scrub in order to remove dry patchy skin, eliminate dead skin cells that build up daily and increase circulation.
Moisturizer will not be much good without doing a face scrub at least once a week. Some great quick easy and effective homemade scrubs are tomato and sugar scrub, banana scrub andpapaya and pumpkin exfoliating mask.
Influences on Your Skin ~
- Excessive Drinking of Alcohol
- Work Environment
- Air Conditioning
- Wrong Skin Care Products
Seek Help if Needed
Author's Tips ~
Try Before You Buy any face moisturizer whenever possible. All major cosmetic companies such as Clarins, Lancome, Estee Lauder and Clinique do have samples even if they are reluctant to give out!
Go armed with your sterile container and disposable plastic applicator and ask for a sample of the tester, they cannot really object to that!
Do the same for cleansers, toners and eyecreams.
Don't Forget Suncreen
Skin Types ~
Tends to react and get irritated to ingredients in products. The most common ingredients in moisturizers are fragrance, lanolin, dyes, preservatives such as parabens and formaldehyde.
Commercial brands are not the only types of products to be careful of; natural ingredients including almond oil and aloe vera could potentially cause allergic reactions.
A patch test is essential for all those with sensitive skin before buying a moisturizer or making one and wearing a sunscreen is a must.
Is best hydrated with a rich cream rather than a light lotion.
Dry skin has less natural oils or lipids and as we age our skin gets thinner and therefore less natural oils are produced.
Choose a day moisturizer that has an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or make sure your foundation, if wearing one, has the built in SPF.
For night use a slightly heavier cream which nourishes, hydrates and repairs the skin while at rest.
Produces an excess of sebum or oil naturally so therefore does not favor the oily lotions or creams.
While it may not need added moisturizer it does need hydrating. Light gel, or lotions are the best to use that are oil free and for daytime lotions make sure they have the sunscreen protection.
Oily skin still needs protecting in the same way and do not think you do not need a moisturizer, you do. An oil free lotion will not add oil but it will keep the skin hydrated with water, so to speak.
Harsh abrasive products are not the way to go thinking they will cut down on oil production. They will in fact do the opposite and produce more oil.
This is vital for all of us to use. Everyday our skin gets subjected to pollution (free radicals), exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays and extreme weather conditions.
For face and body, sunscreen provides protection for our skin and most importantly it helps prevent skin cancer.
Moisturize Skin Naturally ~
Do you moisturize the face and body?
Know Your Skin Type ~
There are 5 classifications of skin types:
- Dry Skin
- Oily Skin
- Combination Skin (part oily and part dry or part normal part oily/dry)
- Sensitive Skin
- Normal Skin
Skin Type Test ~
A quick tip you can do at home if you are unsure of which skin type you fall into for the face.
- Apply your face cleanser and wait for an hour. Note any areas that feel tight or dry.
- With a different tissue each time press a tissue into 5 different areas of the face –
- The front and sides of cheeks
- The front and sides of the forehead
- Around the nose
- Check all the tissues carefully.
- If you find oily deposits on all 5 tissues then you have Oily Skin.
- If you find oil on just a few (usually the forehead and nose) and nothing on the other tissues, you have Combination Skin (normal/oily)
- Dry, flaky residue on a few and nothing on the others would indicate Combination Skin (normal/dry)
- Dry, flaky residue on all tissues would indicate a Dry Skin.
- Nothing would indicate a Normal Skin which is not that common.
- Sensitive Skin is generally easy to determine for the individual. Most people have already reacted to products or have a skin condition such as Eczema or Psoriasis. A reddish complexion or uneven skin coloring is often an indication to sensitive skin.
Pore Size Test ~
Check your pores on the face, are they large or small. Large would indicate an Oily or Combination skin and small pores tend to suggest Dry skin.
Effective Body Moisturizing ~
Keeping our body soft, supple, nourished and protected is just as important as the attention to our face.
Often forgotten about, particularly in the colder months when we tend to be wearing more clothes and “out of sight out of mind” tends to kick in. The ideal time to apply body moisturizer is after a shower or bath. A shower gel salt scrub or sandalwood bath salts filled bath are ideal pre-moisturizing treatments.
A scrub is essential to use weekly to remove all the dead skin cells that accumulate on our skin. If they are not removed the skin will feel rough, patchy, and dry and pores become blocked.
With a scrub or exfoliator fresh new skin gets the opportunity to glow with increased blood flow and our moisturizer becomes so much more effective.
The feet are included in body moisturizing or at least should not be forgotten. You can do a relaxing foot bath followed by an exfoliating foot scrub to prepare our feet before moisturizing.
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