Written by Sarah Jones
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You would think applying moisturizer was probably the simplest part of our beauty routines in the morning? Just slap it on and rub it in? But there is more to it than meets the eye, particularly if you don’t want to end up with break-outs and problem skin.

How to apply moisturizer

Here is our quick guide on how to apply moisturizer – the right way: 


  • Choose the right product


Not all moisturizers are the same, some are very rich and will leave an oily residue on your skin, and other products are much lighter and will seem to soak in straight away. You need to understand your own skin type and pick the product that is right for you. 

As a general rule, the dryer your skin is, the oilier your moisturizer should be. If you suffer with greasy skin, go for a light, water-based moisturizer instead. If you aren’t sure about your skin type then have a consultation with a beautician for advice. 


  • Apply gently


Don’t be rough with your skin when applying any kind of product. Use upward strokes rather than pulling your skin down as this can lead to wrinkles and saggy skin in the long run. Take care to apply gently, massaging and patting your skin gently. 

Allow your moisturizer to be fully absorbed into your skin before you use any other type of products on top, or you will risk it just sliding off, particularly with foundation or other make-up. 


  • Use regularly


It’s a mistake to only apply moisturizer when your skin is feeling dry as it’s too late by this stage. Moisturizer should be applied regularly, when you wake up in the morning, and before you go to sleep at night, to keep your skin at its best. 

Make sure you give your night time moisturizer time to absorb before heading to bed otherwise it will all just rub off onto your pillow and you will lose the benefit. 


  • Oily skin needs it too


Oily or problem skin still needs moisturizing. In fact, adding a suitable moisturizer to your skin can help to stop it producing the natural oils which lead to break-outs, so while it might seem counter-productive, using the right product can really help. Look for moisturizers designed for oily or problem skin and don’t use anything too rich. 


  • Don’t overdo it


Using too much moisturizer will leave layers of greasy product on your skin which could cause spots and break-outs and leave your skin looking dreadful. Only apply a small amount at a time and allow it to fully absorb into your skin. Wipe off any excess with a clean cloth. 



  • Combine products


Understanding your skin is the key to applying moisturizer correctly and you might have different problems in different areas so don’t be afraid to use a combination of products. You might need a specialist moisturizer for your face, to prevent break-outs on oily skin, whereas you might need rich body butter for dry areas like your feet, elbows and knees. 

As long as you use the right product in the right place, you will end up with soft, glowing and healthy skin all over your body. Don’t be tempted to buy one cheap moisturizer and use it all over; take note of your skin’s particular needs. 


  • Try a night cream


If you want to wake up looking rejuvenated and wrinkle free then think about investing in a night cream as part of your night time beauty routine. These are specifically designed to work on your skin while you sleep meaning you wake up looking and feeling amazing. 

They are heavier and richer than day creams so again, rather than thinking one product will do for everything, pay attention to your skin and get the right products to keep you looking and feeling radiant. 


  • Don’t forget your neck area


Many women pay attention to keeping their face looking fresh, and moisturize their body regularly after a shower, but a key area which often goes neglected, and unfortunately can reveal your age much earlier, is the neck. 

So in your moisturizing routine, don’t forget to moisturize this area as the skin is thin here and needs support to stay young looking and hydrated on a regular basis. The neck area doesn’t have much natural hydration either, which is why it can age quicker than other parts of the body. 

How to apply moisturizer 2

Applying moisturizer isn’t just a case of buying a cheap lotion and using it everywhere. For it to be effective you need to take the time to understand your skin and its needs, and to buy the right products to make a difference. 

You might have oily skin in one area of your body, and dry skin in a different area, so make sure to use the right products and apply them gently and regularly to create that natural skin glow. 


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