Moisturizing the face is one of those steps in the beauty routine that is usually done without much thought put into it, but it can be helpful to think about why you’re doing it in the first place and the potential varieties that you have to choose from.
Moisturizing should always come directly after the washing the face to avoid letting it dry out. Even if you don’t feel dry right away after you wash your face once you leave the house you might encounter some weather conditions that your face would be better off with a protective barrier on it. Dryness is one of the leading preventable causes of skin problems like dullness, fine lines, and acne. When the skin gets too dry it will start creating more oil in an attempt to hydrate itself, which can lead to clogging the pores and making the skin look dull. Dry skin won’t look plump and youthful and instead will begin to sink into fine lines.
When you put on your daily moisturizer you should always be choosing one that contains an SPF, no matter what the weather conditions are outside. The sun doesn’t stop sending damaging UV rays your direction simply because of a few clouds. The SPF in moisturizer tends to be a little lower than a lot of protective sunscreens but at least in a good starting point and a step you don’t have to think about when it is already included in your moisturizer.
Moisturizers all have different elements to them that you might want to consider. If you have sensitive skin you may have found that some moisturizers bother your skin, but that can have to do with something simple like the fragrance they put in. If you have sensitive skin avoid fragrances in products all together since they are often synthetic and aren’t a part of the skin treatment. If you have oily or acne prone skin avoid any moisturizers that can heavy on things like oil. You need a thinner barrier to the skin and something that keep the skin protected as opposed to adding on too many layers of additional moisture that you already have.
Your skin type can also vary a bit by the time of year it is, and your skin care routine might need to be changed as well. In the winter you might need a thicker cream based moisturizer while in the summer you might be able to switch back to a lighter lotion.
Look at additional ingredients that moisturizers can offer you. Some will have antioxidants like vitamin C which are great for keeping the skin healthy. Others offer things like some color already in them like tinted moisturizers, which can be helpful if you don’t really need a full face of makeup but just need a little smoothing. Finding a moisturizer that doubles up on something can remove a step from your beauty routine, which can save you time and also ensure that you don’t skip the moisturizer in the first place.