Avoid these Wrong Steps to Applying Moisturizer

Moisturizing is an essential part of skin care routine and should be something you’re doing every day. However even if you’re a fan of moisturizing and do it daily (twice!) you may not be getting all the benefits you could be.

Why?

Because you might be doing it wrong. There are many things to consider when it comes to moisturizing: what product to use, when to use it, how to apply it, and how much to use. If you feel confused by what you thought was the easiest part of your skin care routine, don’t worry, we’ve got an easy guide to explain how to optimize the use of a moisturizer in your skin care routine.

Mistake #1: You’re using the wrong moisturizer

This one is a biggie – make sure you are using a moisturizer that is designed for your skin type. For oily and combination skin, don’t skip using moisturizer because you think it will make your skin greasy. Look for oil-free, non-comedogenic products. Sensitive skin should try a product free of parabens and fragrance to avoid breakouts. Dry skin types should look for products that are more nourishing and stave off flakiness and tightness.

Mistake #2: You’re Waiting Too Long to Apply Moisturizer

Do you rinse or cleanse your face in the morning, have a coffee, then come back to moisturize? If so, that’s a big no no. It’s important to apply moisturizer ASAP after cleansing your face – we’re talking about within a minute to get optimal results. Once you dry off your skin after cleansing, it starts to dehydrate if there’s no protective layer of moisturizer to lock hydration in place. Keep this period of time as short as possible to avoid the feeling of tightness, dry patches and breakouts.

Mistake #3: You’re Not Getting SPF Where Your Need it

Most people apply the majority of their SPF to their face and then smooth any leftovers over their neck, décolletage,and ears. These areas shouldn’t be an afterthought; you should apply an equal amount of at least the size of a quarter to each area to avoid sun damage. As you get older, the skin on your neck will start to sag and one way to avoid this is by always protecting the area with a broad spectrum SPF. You should use at least an SPF 15 if not higher on all areas.

Protect Your Skin From Free Radicals

If you’re a skin care fan, you’ve probably heard the term “free radicals.” Lots of products are formulated to “fight free radicals” — but what are free radicals and why do we need to protect ourselves against them? Let’s look at this enemy of good skin and how we can arm ourselves against it.

What are free radicals?

Free radicals are tiny reactive oxygen molecules that can cause damage to our skin. According to Dr. Diane Madfes, Garnier Consulting Dermatologist, free radicals can damage our skin cells, DNA, and collagen production. We produce some internally as cells turnover, but the rest come from external threats like UV rays and pollution. Over time, the effect in our skin shows up as wrinkles, sagging, and roughness.

How can we protect ourselves against free radicals?

Antioxidants are crucial in the fight against free radicals. One way to prevent surface skin damage from free radicals is through antioxidants because they can help neutralize the molecules and prevent them from potentially causing signs of aging in your body. Our bodies produce a limited amount of antioxidants, so it is important to try and apply antioxidants on a regular basis. Incorporate antioxidants into your diet and skincare routine for youthful-looking, glowy skin.

Where do we find antioxidants?

Antioxidants sound like a complex scientific term, but you actually encounter them on a daily basis. First let’s talk chemistry. Antioxidants are molecules that can prevent the oxidation of free radicals. In your everyday life you encounter oxidation, for example when you cut an avocado and it turns brown, it has oxidized.

Antioxidants in Skincare

Many skin care products contain antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E. Incorporating these products into your daily skin routine will help your skin fight free radicals.

Antioxidants in Food

Antioxidants are also found in many different types of foods. Your body can benefit from consuming these nutrient-rich foods several times a week. Vitamin A can be found in vegetables and fruits such as carrots, pumpkin and mango. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits or vegetables such as kale and tomatoes. Vitamin E can be found in nuts, seeds and oils. Selenium is found in proteins like red meat, chicken, pork and eggs. If you want to have an antioxidant-rich diet, try to incorporate these foods into your meals with a particular emphasis on fruits and vegetables. This skin-brightening diet will help your skin achieve its natural radiance. While you can’t do much about free radicals coming into contact with your skin, antioxidants can act as a protective shield by helping to neutralize them and damage our skin and bodies.

Routine Treat to Reduce The Appearance of Wrinkles

We have a big secret to share with you, are you ready for this? Here it goes; the best way to fight wrinkles is to try to avoid as best you can what causes wrinkles such as UV rays and smoking. While it’s inevitable that your skin will lose elasticity and moisture over time, by continuously repeating certain steps and avoiding harmful habits you will ensure that your skin is aging as slowly as possible.

Find out how to take care of your skin for a future of smooth, glowing skin.

Protect Your Skin From The Sun

Sun exposure is the number one cause of wrinkles so if there is anything you should be doing to prevent them it’s to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Ideally you should avoid exposing your skin to the sun when it’s directly above us and at its peak in terms of the rays’ strength. If that’s not always possible, since we all eventually leave the house, always make sure to wear a broad spectrum SPF. At the minimum, wear SPF 15, but if you are fair opt for SPF 30 or higher. If you’re spending a prolonged amount of time in the sun, make sure to re-apply every 30 minutes; if you go for a swim, make sure to re-apply as soon as your skin dries, as much of your sunscreen will dissolve in the water (even if it says water resistant).

Wear SPF even if it’s cloudy outside. UV rays are present even if the sun isn’t shining, so don’t be fooled!

Watch What You Eat

Diet is a factor in how your skin ages, so you it’s important to eat the right stuff. A diet rich in antioxidants, which protect you from free radicals, molecules that damage your skin’s cells and have been associated with accelerating the appearance of aging, are one way to help stave off the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Keep your sugar and fat intake low and try to eat leafy greens, fruits such berries, mangoes, oranges and pineapple, as well as fish which is full of Omega-3 fats.

Make Hydration a Priority

We may take water for granted but without it, your skin can’t function properly. Without moisture your skin looks dry and can become flaky. Every day you should drink plenty of water, so your skin can have optimum hydration, which will help you in the fight against wrinkles.

Exercise Away Potential Fine Lines

You’re well aware that exercise is good for your body but research shows that it’s incredible for your skin as well. Just make sure to clean your face after working out to prevent breakouts.

Invest in Your Sleep

While you might not be doing a lot when you’re asleep at night, your skin is going into overdrive. Try to get at least 7-8 hours a night to optimize skin renewal and wake up with glowing skin.

Start Adding Retinol  or Acids to Your Skin Care Routine

As you get older your skin cell turnover decreases, which can cause duller looking skin and potentially wrinkles. Retinol, a Vitamin A derivative, can chemically exfoliate your skin and help new skin resurface. Acids that can help new skin resurface are glycolic acid and alpha hydroxyl acids. Over time this can reduce the appearance of wrinkles

Follow these steps and you should be able to stave off aging for as long as possible. Enjoy a youthful look beyond your actual age!