What Not To Do When Moisturizing Your Face

Moisturizing your skin may seem like a simple enough process but, like with most other things in life, there is a right and a wrong way to do it. I had to learn the hard way (by trial and error) what mistakes I was making with my facial moisturizer, but you won’t have to as I am going to discuss some of the most common ones so that you can learn without the doing. You will be able to get the best out of your facial moisturizer when you take this advice.

Applying Makeup Too Soon

Most of us moisturize just before we apply our makeup, and while this is a good thing to do it is a good idea to wait for a few minutes before applying your makeup. Not putting your makeup on right away will give your face the chance to fully absorb the moisture from your facial cream. In the mornings I like to wash my face first, apply my moisturizer and then brush my teeth so that my skin will have a few minutes to absorb the moisture before I start putting my makeup on. This little routine works for me but you can come up with your own system that works best for you. My best friend Tina, for example, likes to make her bed and tidy up her room while she waits for the moisture to soak in.

Too Much Moisture

Yes, you read that title correctly. It is possible to apply too much moisture to your face and this is a common mistake that many women make without realizing it. If you use too much facial moisturizer on your skin it can clog up your pores and leave your skin feeling greasy. So how much is just enough? The average person won’t need more than a quarter-sized amount for it to be effective. Depending on how dry your skin is you usually will not need more than that, but if you feel like you need a little more that will also be fine – just don’t go overboard and apply a big glob on you face.

Neglecting Under The Eyes

The skin under your eyes needs special attention but so many women seem to neglect this area when they are applying face moisturizers. Don’t make the same mistake – when you are putting moisturizer on your face, be sure to apply some to the area under your eyes as well. This area can be very sensitive so use your finger to gently apply your moisturizer. If you have issues with dark or saggy under-eyes you may want to consider getting a eye cream separate from your facial cream to be used in on this area.

Over Rubbing

The skin on your face is delicate to say the least, and when you are applying your facial moisturizing cream you should not rub it on too vigorously. I know it can be exciting to moisturize your face and it can be tempting to rub your cream on to speed up the process, but for the best results you should be gentle when applying it to your face. Redness and irritation can occur if you rub too hard when applying moisturizer. Use your finger tips and gently dab the cream all over your face, focusing on any problem areas, and then spread the cream out and gently massage it into your skin.

Now you have no more excuses for making these common mistakes when you are using facial moisturizers. Take my advice and not only will you avoid making these mistakes, you will get more value out of your face creams and get better-looking skin too.