Learn How Much and When to Use Moisturizer for Maximum Benefits
If you are like me, you probably either use too much or definitely not enough moisturizer. I’m also a pretty bad offender of the general suggestions on the labels of the products of applying more than once a day. There seems to be no room for a happy medium. Though some products give you a suggestion, many often don’t, leaving you to figure it out on your own: Should I apply liberally or go light?
It really depends on the type of moisturizer you’re using, your skin type, and where on the body you’re using it. For example, if you struggle with dry skin all over - you might opt for an extensive moisturizer that will be absorbed easily into your skin. If you have oily skin on your face, you might want something light that won’t leave you looking or feeling greasy, and also may help reduce the amount of oil your skin is producing to compensate for not being moisturized enough.
When is the best time to moisturize?
The best time to moisturize is right after a shower or bath is the most optimal time to apply moisturize. The reason being that the pores on your skin are still open and able to absorb moisturizer readily making it more effective to combat dry skin.
Another tip? Lower the temperature of the water. Hot showers and soaks are always so relieving at the end of a long day - but did you know that the heat can dehydrate your skin causing it to feel dry, itchy, and even cause the symptoms of common skin issues like eczema to worsen? Try lower the temperature to more of a lukewarm (or just a little warmer if you like) to help keep your skin from getting so dry.
How much moisturizer do I use for my body?
For optimal results, after your shower, simply pat your skin dry gently with a towel, dispense the moisturizer into your hands and rub them together to warm it up.
- For your legs: dispense a quarter-sized amount of moisturizer and apply to each leg and your torso.
- For your arms: Use roughly about a nickel-sized amount on each arm.
- For your hands: Using a dime-sized amount can help keep your hands moisturized, especially during the cold winter months where hand washing is vitally important!
- For your face: Facial moisturizers are generally a bit more concentrated so you really don’t need as much for great results. Use roughly a pea sized amount, applying in a circular motion to really help enhance absorption.
As always, I hope these tips help! Remember, your skin is the largest organ of the body, pamper it well!