So you have been working out, eating right but your skin isn’t shining the best it can – what gives? In the winter time, it is easier to notice when our skin is dry. For many of us, it probably seems a lot drier than in the summer (even though this may not be true). The air is dry in our homes due to the heat blasting 24/7 and your skin just isn’t catching a break from the wind and cold outside either.
I wouldn’t blame your moisturizer just yet – it could just very well be the way you are applying it that is to blame.
Stop rubbing and wiping.
If you normally squeeze, grab or dump a bunch of lotion into your palms and just go to town slathering your moisturizer all over your body, then that right there is the key reason your moisturizer isn’t working, according to Christine Chang and Sarah Lee, co-founders of Glow Recipe.
“Instead of your usual application method, try gently patting your skincare in. This action increases pressure and also heat, both elements that help your skincare to absorb better.” Chang and Lee add that “patting” in your skincare products is a time-honored tradition in Asia and Korea think K-beauty and it’s magical results.
Exfoliate Exfoliate Exfoliate
I know, I know, what a drag. To me, the hardest thing to do is set some time aside to exfoliate. But if you think about it, all you need is the time to put it on and the time to take it off, while it is working its magic you could be working away at the computer, cooking dinner (make sure to not let any drip – yeah that could taste weird) or fold some laundry. Your skin needs a ‘blank’ canvas. We spend a lot of time adding things on top of our skin, that it is hard for a moisturizer to do its magic if it has other things in between it and your bare skin. Even if you do exfoliate, maybe try doing it more or use a different method of exfoliating. Check out these at home methods (with products you may already have) over at MindBodyGreen.
What is your skin type?
You don’t want your skin to get reliant on a moisturizer. Unless you have the driest skin on the planet or aging skin, I would shy away from really thick moisturizers. The key to finding the best face moisturizer, according to Derek Zoolander (from the movie – Zoolander), is wetness: “Moisture is the essence of wetness. And wetness is the essence of beauty.” Check out these top face moisturizers for 2017.
And Never Ever…
- Mayonaise – yeah good for the hair, but not the face.
- Body Lotion – good for the body, but not for the face.
- Shampoo – again good for the hair, but not for the face.