Moisturizing your skin is important because all skin, no matter what type of skin it is, needs moisture and nutrients to stay youthful. If you have really dry skin, you’ll want to focus on moisturizing even more so than the other steps of your routine. However, even if you have really oily skin, you should not skip the moisturizer. Oily skin is actually dry skin that is overcompensating for its lack of hydration! If you can get your skin hydrated (both inside and out), you can often resolve skin type problems such as too much oil. It’s also important to note that you should be using a moisturizer twice a day, all year round. You may need more moisture in the winter, but your skin still needs it in the summer too! There are hundreds and hundreds of moisturizers on the market. Look for one that is targeted to your needs such as a deep moisturizer for dry skin, a light moisturizer for oily skin, a brightening moisturizer, or an anti-aging moisturizer. There are endless choices when it comes to picking a moisturizer. You may want to choose a couple of different ones and rotate them into your routine as necessary, such as a lightweight one and a rich one for use in summer/winter or day/night. In the same vein as moisturizers is sunscreen. Sunscreen is another product you should be wearing every day, regardless of the time of year or the weather. If it’s sunny, cloudy, rainy, or even snowing, be sure to wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 20. The sun is particularly bad for your skin, as it causes wrinkles, premature aging, sun spots, and skin cancers. You don’t need prolonged exposure to the sun in order to suffer the consequences. Even just walking around outside for a couple of minutes a day puts you at risk. By wearing sunscreen, you eliminate this risk. If the sun isn’t shining, the rays can still penetrate through the cloud cover, so wear SPF every day just to be safe. Another moisturizer you will want to get is an eye cream. Eye creams are specially made with ingredients that benefit the delicate skin under the eyes. Many creams also have retinol and other anti-aging ingredients in them. Keeping the under eye area hydrated is half the battle against signs of aging—well-hydrated skin will not look as wrinkled as skin that is dried out!

How to Moisturize Properly?

As mentioned above, you should moisturize twice a day every day. The best way to do this is to have several different products, depending upon the time of year and your skin’s individual needs. Typically, we need less moisture during the day than at night. Go for a lightweight moisturizer for the daytime. This can also double as a summertime moisturizer. If you have particularly dry skin, you can go for a regular moisturizer all the time. It’s important to tailor your routine to your skin type. You can also find lightweight eye creams to use during your daytime routine. Using lightweight creams will make it easier to put makeup on, as there won’t be a thick cream sitting on top of your skin when you go to put on your primer or foundation. Simply dab on your morning moisturizers and pat them in lightly—don’t rub. Allow sufficient time for the products to really absorb into your skin before you apply any makeup. At night, put on your moisturizer and eye cream as the last steps of your routine. Use a richer moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated throughout the entire night. Don’t forget to moisturize your neck! This is often where the first signs of aging will appear. Let everything absorb before going to bed. You can also slather on extra thick layers of your face cream and use it as a sort of sleeping mask. Just be careful to sleep on your back if you decide to do this!