A Guide to Moisturizing
Moisturizers are designed to make our skin softer and more pliable by increasing its hydration. Commercial skin moisturizers come in lotion and cream form. They incorporate ingredients such as artificial and natural oils, emollients, humectants and lubricants to emulate the skin's natural oils.
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Most skin types will benefit from the daily use of a mild, water-based moisturizing lotion or cream. Even those with oily and acne-prone skin can benefit from using a little moisturizer after cleansing and toning their skin. Just don't massage the skin too hard, as it will stimulate the oil glands. Those with dry skin need a rich moisturizing lotion that is oil-based for increased hydration.
To properly moisturize your face:
- First cleanse, towel dry and tone your face. This will get rid of any excess dirt or oil.
- Squirt a dime-sized amount of moisturizer into your hand.
- Apply moisturizer to your face in massaging circular strokes.
- Start at the chin and massage in an upward motion towards your temples. Don't pull on the skin as continual stress can cause wrinkles and sagging skin.
- Apply moisturizer separately under the eyes. First dab a few small dots of moisturizer under each eye. Then in gentle strokes, massage from the outer corner of each eye, slowly into the inner corners.
- Take special caution when applying moisturizer that you don't pull on the skin under the eyes. Under eye skin is very thin and extremely prone to wrinkles and fine lines.
Dermatologists recommend moisturizing twice each day as part of your regular skin care regime. Moisturizing should be applied once in the morning before your put on your make up; and again at night before bed.