One of the most important elements to any beauty routine is maintaining a good moisturizing regimen. Proper moisturizing is beneficial to the skin in a number of significant ways. It helps prevent premature aging and keeps skin looking bright and supple. Here are a few things you may want to consider about your own moisturizing regimen to help ensure that you’re making the most of your skin.
Do you have a separate cream for day and night?
The type of moisturizing cream you’re using should depend on when you are wearing it. Many night creams offer deep moisture and hydration but go on a little thicker than lotions intended for day use. This means that they can offer great anti-wrinkle protection, but may not be the best fit for use under foundation and primer. Many day creams are thinner, which makes them great for layering with other products.
Are there areas of your face or body that need an extra boost?
Certain areas of the face and body may be more prone to wrinkles and fine lines, and using serums or targeted moisturizers can help fight wrinkles on thinner skin, like the skin around eyes, which can become crepey if it loses moisture. The forehead is another area that is often subjected to wrinkles, and using a deep moisturizer here can help fight creases.
Do you moisturize from within?
Applying creams and lotions is a very important part of maintaining bright, healthy skin, but no matter how many creams you apply, your skin will never quite achieve full suppleness if your body is not receiving proper hydration. Drinking a minimum of eight glasses of water a day helps all of your vital organs, including your largest organ, your skin! For added hydration in your diet, try to incorporate fruits and vegetables with a high water content, such as lettuces and melons.
Are you inadvertently drying out your skin?
The work that your moisturizers do to hydrate your skin can all be undone if you are using products that contain alcohol or other drying agents. Check the ingredients of your makeup and facial soaps for alcohol. The best facial soaps should have as few ingredients and scents as possible and should be very mild on your skin.
How often do you exfoliate?
Exfoliation is an important part of a moisturizing routine because it removes dead skin cells, which makes it easier for your skin to soak up the moisturizing agents you use. Exfoliate at least once a week with a “scrub” facial wash or by using a gentle loofah on your face.
Are you remembering your neck?
The skin on your neck is very thin and delicate and highly subject to wrinkling and sagging. Remember that your face is does not end at your chin. Anytime you apply moisturizer, you should always remember to work some onto your neck, all the way down to your chest. This will help you stay looking young, vibrant and fabulous for many years to come!
Teresa Thomas is a beauty blogger who is committed to helping people look great, learn more about her work as a marketing associate for Hollywood Tans.