How often should you moisturize your face? You might find yourself asking this when thinking about your skincare routine. If you’re someone who only needs to focus on having a good moisturizer, then lucky you! But whether you tend to focus on moisturizer or not, take time to read this article in order to do this important step right.
We’re going to talk about the right frequency of applying moisturizer on your face. At the same time, let’s discuss why moisturizing your face is essential, as well as give you some tips and tricks on how to properly moisturize.
What Is a Moisturizer?
A moisturizer is simply a skin care product that can help strengthen the barrier of your skin. This can be done by giving it the right ph balance and keeping it hydrated.
Some moisturizer can also improve the elasticity of the skin, while others have acne-healing properties. Nowadays, most moisturizers have active ingredients in them that can target specific skin concerns, like fading acne marks, minimizing pores, refining skin, and hastening collagen production.
All in all, a moisturizer is used to hydrate the face, and it is usually the last step of a three-step skincare routine.
Who Needs Moisturizer?
Since, overall, the purpose of a moisturizer is to keep your face hydrated, does this mean only people with dry skin should use a moisturizer?
That is not the case; in fact, people who have oily skin should moisturize more often than those who have dry skin.
Everyone should apply moisturizer. It’s just like sunscreen which is mandatory to apply in order to keep your skin looking its best.
As such, we’re going to enumerate every skin type and tell you how using a moisturizer can affect that certain skin type.
1. Dry Skin
Obviously, moisturizer is going to be very beneficial for dry skin.
This skin type needs a lot of hydration assistance from skincare products.
When you use moisturizer, the flakiness of your skin will disappear. You will also notice that it will be smoother, and hopefully, with continued use, it can help rid out the dryness of your skin.
If you have extremely dry skin, you have to use a moisturizer liberally.
We suggest deep moisturizers and those which are oil-based. Using such can really condition dry skin and reduce flakiness and redness.
2. Oily and Combination Skin
This is where a lot of people commit a mistake in their skincare routine. They tend to skip the moisturizer because they are already very oily, or at least oily on some parts of their face.
The actual cause of an oily face though is that it lacks moisture. Therefore, the reason why your face is oilier than usual is that it is releasing more oil, so your face needs to be hydrated more.
A solution to that is using a moisturizer. Eventually, your face will feel that it does not need to produce more oil because the moisturizer worked well enough to keep your skin’s barrier at tip-top condition.
Do take note that using a water-based moisturizer is best for those who have oily and combination skin.
3. Sensitive Skin
When we say sensitive, we are pertaining to the allergy- and acne-prone skin type.
This type of skin can really be bothersome as there can be a lot of triggers that might cause a reaction on your face; therefore, it is suggested to use a gentle and unscented moisturizer. Using a water-based one can also be beneficial.
What the moisturizer does is that it acts as a shield against potential harmful triggers present in the environment while moisturizing the skin of your face.
Additionally, it can also help calm the skin if you are currently experiencing any acne or allergic reactions. Further, it can deal with redness and uneven skin texture.
4. Normal Skin
If you fall under this category, then lucky you! All of us somehow hate you.
All jokes aside, even if you have perfect skin, you still need to use moisturizer.
By doing so, you are ensuring that your skin stays under the same skin type, and it can improve your skin even better, making it look brighter and suppler.
How Often Should You Moisturize Your Face?
The simple answer to this question is simple: it depends on your skin type.
This is now easier to for you to determine as we already discussed above how moisturizers affect the different skin types.
Is there any rule of thumb?
Yes, and we are going to list them down for you. They are the following:
- For those who have dry skin, you can moisturize twice a day given that you use a deep moisturizer. If you are using a regular one, you should moisturize as needed when you feel that your skin is drier than usual.
- Those who have oily to combination skin and sensitive skin, you can moisturize during the morning and evening.
- As for normal skin, you can get away with just moisturizing once during nighttime.
Tips and Tricks
Now that you know the basics of the moisturizing game, let us go over some things that can elevate the performance of your moisturizer:
- It is best to use a toner before putting on moisturizer since this ensures that the skin is clear and your face will properly absorb the moisturizer.
- You can mix moisturizer with oils to add more skincare benefits.
- Using more does not necessarily mean more hydration, so just use the right amount to cover your entire face.
- You can create your own tinted moisturizer by adding a bit of concealer or foundation to your moisturizer.
Don’t forget to moisturize!
Now that you know how important it is to use a moisturizer, do not forget to apply it correctly. Just follow the guide that we gave you, and you will not lose your way. Remember that you also have to use a different finish based on your skin type.