9 Mistakes You’re Making With Moisturizer

The temperatures are dropping, which means we’re reaching for a cozy sweaters, boots, and bottles of moisturizer now more than ever. You probably think that applying your moisturizer is as easy as pulling on your sweaters and boots, but there are little things that you could be doing that are ruining its effectiveness. #Whoops And in the cold, dark days of winter, having a moisturizer that isn’t working at 100 percent is not going to cut it.

We need all the help we can get to combat dry, flaky skin. Before you get into DIYs, expensive face masks, serums, and any products that are labeled “for very dry skin,” I want you to stop and have a look at your moisturizing routine because there are things that could be negatively impacting it. Once you figure them out and make easy switches, you could soon realize that you have an awesome moisturizer so you don’t need to go out to buy anymore products. Cha-ching. Have a look at nine mistakes you might be making with your moisturizer.

You're Not Using The Right Type For Your Skin

Moisturizers are a broad category. There are ones with SPF and ones without. There are gel, creams, lotions, and even solids. The most important consideration when choosing a moisturizer is whether it is suitable for your skin type. i.e. oily, dry, combination, sensitive If you're finding that the product is irritating your skin or that your face still feels dry, you've probably got the wrong formula. Try a new product and see if things improve.

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You're Not Applying Enough Product

I know you spent your hard-earned money on that moisturizer so you want it to last, but you need to ensure you're using the right amount otherwise the product will have no effect. It will vary depending on the formula and thickness of the product, but start by applying a quarter-sized amount. If you apply it over your face and your skin doesn't feel hydrated, keep adding quarter-sized amounts until your complexion is supple and glowing.

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You Apply It To Your Eyes

I know that the eye area is made of skin, but the skin around your peepers is a lot more delicate than the skin on the rest of your face. What's more, the moisturizer probably isn't made for use on the eye area which can lead to irritation. If you feel you need an eye product, try an eye cream or serum.

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You're Rubbing It On

Most of us would probably define applying moisturizer as a rubbing motion, right? Well, that's actually not the best way to apply product. To increase a moisturizer's efficacy and to help it works its best, the moisturizer should actually be patted on. This is important if you have sensitive skin as it's less irritating. Plus, rubbing moves the product back and forth as opposed to helping it absorb.

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You're Not Applying It Frequently Enough

FYI: You do not apply moisturizer when your skin feels dry and tight. It should be applied on a regular basis to keep skin looking its best. If you wait until your skin has flakes, you've waited too long because it's already dry. Ideally, you should be applying moisturizer twice a day to keep your complexion's hydration levels up where they need to be.

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You're Only Putting It On Certain Parts Of Your Face

Do you tend to only apply moisturizer to your cheeks and avoid your T-zone because you don't want to make it oilier? Hold up. Even oily parts of your skin need moisturizer, too. If you're worried that putting moisturizer on top of them will make your face feel extra greasy, that's a myth. It could also indicate that you're using the wrong product for your skin type. Keep switching formulas until you find one you actually want to apply over your entire face.

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You're Waiting Too Long To Moisturize Your Skin After The Shower

Post-shower, do you like to blow-dry you hair, look at your phone, and lounge around before you put your face cream on? You should actually be doing it ASAP because damp skin helps the product absorb better and you can lock in some of that moisture from the shower. Plus, the product actually applies better on damp as opposed to dry skin.

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You Avoid It Because You Have Acne

Remember what I said about moisturizers for different types of skin? Therefore, having acne is not an excuse to skip using moisturizer. If you're convinced that your moisturizer is making you break out, switch to a formula that is labeled non-comedogenic and/or for acne-prone skin. It's important that acne-prone skin is hydrated to help it heal and combat the effects of harsh acne products.

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You're Putting It On In The Wrong Order

One of the big things about skincare is applying products in the correct order. In general, the heaviest things are applied first then they get lighter. A simple skincare routine is pretty obvious with the cleanser, toner, moisturizer, but more products equal more complications. If you use a serum, apply that before moisturizer. Your zit creams and SPF should be applied after your moisturizer. Got it?

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What other mistakes have you made with your moisturizer? Let us know in the comments!

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