Are You Moisturizing Your Skin Properly?

Hey there, Lovelies?

If you are over 35 and have not been moisturizing your skin, then I don't have time for you. Teenagers know that it is important to moisturize their skin. Your grown behind should know this by now. For those of you who have been responsible and moisturize your skin, especially your face then I have something to tell you. You might be doing it wrong. Don't get upset, at least you are moisturizing, and I am here to make sure you do it properly going forward.

Use the Correct Texture for Your Skin's Needs

When I say texture, I mean gel, liquid, cream, or lotion formulas. Some people need to use creams and lotions but are using liquid and gel formulas wondering why their skin still feels like sandpaper. You need to use a texture that not only moisturizes but smoothes and softens you skin. Here is a quick guide that should help you choose wisely:

  1. Oily/Acne Prone Skin: Gel, liquid, and light lotion formulas are best for you. These textures don't feel heavy on your skin, they allow skin to breathe, and they let your skin know that it doesn't need to produce a ton of oil.
  2. Combination and Acne Prone Skin: Gel, liquid, lotion, cream (during the months your skin becomes dry) are best.
  3. Normal Skin: Any texture is fine for you. Just use what feels most comfortable to you and provides the best moisturization for your skin.
  4. Dry Skin: Lotions and creams are best for you. Rich creams are ideal if you have dry skin that flakes and scales.

Don't Forget About Sunscreen: Sunscreen is a must! It is always better to use a day moisturizer that contains sunscreen but a sunscreen meant for facial use is good to have on hand.

Take Your Time

Moisturizers are typically the last skincare product we apply to our face both morning and night. So, allow the product you use before you moisturize to dry and absorb into your skin first. I would wait about 90 seconds.

You also need to allow your moisturizer to absorb into your skin before you apply any makeup. Give your moisturizer at least two minutes to soak in and dry. If you don't allow your moisturizer time to dry you may experience product flaking because your moisturizer and makeup might not mix well together resulting in little lint like product buildup on your face.

How You Apply Moisturizer Matters After Age 35

I remember watching women on TV applying their face creams at night in an almost massage like motion of long strokes on their face and neck. I used to think, "Who has time for all of that?" Now I make time for all of that and you should, too.

  1. You do not need to apply a huge glob of moisturizer to your face. Just enough to smooth over your face and neck.
  2. You should apply a little dab on each cheek, chin, and forehead.
  3. Then rub a dab between your palms and smooth over your neck in an upward motion.
  4. Still smoothing upward, glide your hands under your chin, smooth over your chin, cheeks, and forehead. Now hitting your nose, you can smooth downward at this point.
  5. I typically smooth down over my nose then out towards my cheek and back up again.
  6. Continue smoothing until your moisturizer is evenly applied to your face and neck.
  7. When applying eye creams/moisturizers you lightly pat them into the undereye and lid using your ring finger. 
  8. If you apply too much, then gently smooth over lid and undereye area with ring finger to help thin product out, then begin to lightly pat into those areas.

These tips will help you moisturize your skin adequately. That smoothing upward is to help increase circulation to the skin as well as helping the skin to ward off premature sagging. We gotta keep things firm for as long as we can.

That is the end of the Gen X skincare tips I have you this time around. I will always add more because our skin is going to keep changing, which means our skincare needs will as well. When I find a good product, I will pass it along to you.

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