A moisturizer seems like the kind of thing that’s impossible to mess up, right? You find that your skin is dry or rough, you put on some moisturizer and go about your day. There are, however, a myriad of things that can go wrong in those short steps. Think you never needed a user’s guide to moisturizer? Tell that to your still-dry skin. Here, we’re going to outline the moisturizer mistakes you keep making and get you on the path to super-smoothness.
- You’re not using one every day.
Well, this may be the most obvious moisturizing mistake, considering you need a moisturizer to moisturize. Lots of people make the mistake of not using a moisturizer every day and feel that if their diet and dress choices are appropriate; their skin will magically be perfect and behave all year long. Sorry, that’s not how it works. Despite being on the most stringent diets and meeting all your water-drinking quotas daily, your skin may not be receiving the moisture it needs. Incorporate a moisturizer into your daily skin care routine to keep skin drying agents such as heaters and wacky weather in check.
- You’re not using the right amount.
You’re ahead of the ballgame and already use a daily moisturizer. Yay you! But you still find your skin doesn’t feel right. If you feel that your moisturizer is effective on certain parts of your face and not others, it could be that you’re not using enough. Increase the amount of moisturizer by a pea-size each time until you find you’re evenly coating all areas of your skin. You may also find that you have the opposite problem as well – using too much moisturizer. Signs of using too much moisturizer can include a white filmy residue and heavy, sticky feeling skin, and even milia—those horrible white bumps that can appear under your eyes! The proper amount of moisturizer will leave you feeling perfectly hydrated for several hours, not rough and dry in any particular location yet not greasy to the touch.
- You’re not following the rest of your routine.
A moisturizing mistake could not include moisturizer at all. Mind blown? Think about it. It’s called a skin care routine for a reason. Moisturizing is not a step that lives independent of everything else, it is meant to be part of something bigger. Moisturization is the part of the routine where you are sealing in the best face serum you can find, ensuring all the beneficial ingredients are packed close to your skin and staying there throughout the day.
- You’re not using the right one for your skin type.
Like finding the right size t-shirt or pair of pants, it’s important to find the right fit for your skin type. Analyzing your skin type isn’t easy, but we’ve got you covered. Read our basic guide to understanding your skin in our blog: “What Skin Type Are You?” Once you can narrow down what fits, select a moisturizer designed for your skin type.
- You’re only paying attention to your face.
Out of sight, out of mind. That’s the excuse many give for forgetting to moisturize below the neck, but there’s no excuse for it! Your skin works as one large organ (the largest, in fact), and by not taking care of all of it, the entirety is affected. Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized means less dry, flaking skin that doesn’t work to its fullest ability, and more soft, supple skin that is in tip-top condition. Remember, even though your face is one of the first places to show signs of maturity, it’s not the only place to reveal your age – your legs, neck, and décolleté can too! Read how to care for the skin below your neck.