Updated 9/7/14. Using a moisturizer daily is something most women will do but it’s so important to be sure you’re getting the best benefit. Here’s my expert tips for choosing the right one.
Do choose a moisturizer made exclusively for your skin type. It’s always difficult for me to understand how skin care companies are able to say that their moisturizer is “suitable for all skin types.” As someone who has worked hands-on with skin for 25 years, I know that all skin is different and therefore, each individual has very unique needs when it comes to choosing skin care products. Because moisturizer is a staple in a day and evening skin care routine, we find ourselves wearing it for 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. I think I speak for all of us when I say, anything that spends that much time on our face better be the right product for our skin type, right? That is why Renée Rouleau products are not designed for just oily or dry skin; we create products and systems for types 1 through 9. Find your skin type.
Do wear moisturizer with sunscreen built-in during the day. Not only is sunscreen essential for skin preservation but also, wearing moisturizer with built-in SPF saves time. If it’s possible to combine two steps into one, especially vital steps such as these, why not conquer hydrating the skin and SPF application in one fell swoop? My recommendation is Daily Protection SPF 30…
Do use a non-sunscreen moisturizer at night. I’m always amazed when clients mention that they use their daytime moisturizer at night, especially when their moisturizer contains SPF. If not for the independent reason that you do not need SPF while you’re in bed, then please don’t wear a sunscreen moisturizer at night because it’s simply not what your skin needs. Sunscreen prevents skin from being damaged by the harsh environment, so let your skin relax at night with a lighter moisturizer that will aid your skin while it’s in repair mode. See my recommendation for moisturizers.
Do avoid moisturizer containing synthetic fragrance if your skin is sensitive. Individuals with sensitive skin can react negatively to synthetic perfumes. Before purchasing your moisturizer take a look at the ingredients and avoid products that read “parfum” or “fragrance.” Information regarding artificial fragrance ingredients will usually be down towards the end of the list of ingredients. All Renée Rouleau moisturizers do not contain artificial fragrance.
Do apply moisturizer to both to the face and neck. The neck is an extension of the face and needs attention, too. Let’s not spoil a beautiful facial complexion with a dry and rough neck.
Do apply moisturizer evenly. I find that many clients have clogged pores around their hairline and close to their ears. This might be a result of an incompatible hair product, but a lot of the time it is caused by the way he or she applies moisturizer. When you apply from the middle of your face, pushing outwards, moisturizer settles more abundantly at the perimeter of your face. The layers may clog the pores, excess oil will appear, and breakouts will occur. So be conscious of how you apply your moisturizer.
Do switch moisturizers every summer and winter, if necessary. Your skin’s ability to retain moisture is directly correlated to the climate in which you live. If you are more accustomed to a humid environment, you may want to use a lightweight moisturizer, and the opposite applies, as well. This idea then extends into the changing seasons. A moisturizer that you use in the summer might not be creamy enough for a colder autumn or winter air. Cold air tends to dry us out so take care of your skin this winter and protect it with a heavier coat.
Don’t overuse moisturizer. Adding multiple coats of moisturizer to alleviate dry skin is not the same as switching to a creamier consistency. Using thicker coats of moisturizer will only result in clogged pores and a waste of product because your skin can only absorb so much.
Don’t count exclusively on moisturizer to give your skin the hydration it needs. If your skin feels tight and dehydrated and you feel like you just need more, do not underestimate the hydrating benefits of alcohol-free toners and serums. You might need them in your daily routine to amplify the effects of your regular moisturizer. Be sure to leave your skin damp after applying toner to give your face a boost of hydration when your moisturizer is applied.
Don’t leave the skin bare for longer than 60 seconds after cleansing, before applying moisturizer. After cleansing, you must IMMEDIATELY use an alcohol-free toner and moisturizer. If you leave your skin bare for more than 1 minute, it will start to dehydrate as the dry air attracts moisture out of the skin. Perform your skin care routine quickly, and be sure to always leave your toner damp on the skin. This will leave your skin protected and avoid the tight and dry feeling.
Don’t be afraid of oil in moisturizer. If you pick up a jar of moisturizer and see an ingredient with the word “oil” in it, chances are you might not buy it if you have oily skin thinking that it will clog your pores. I often hear, “I can only use oil-free products.” What you first need to understand is that virtually all creams and lotions use some form of oil or emollient to make the product slip across the skin. But not all oils are comedogenic and pore-clogging.
The one type of oil we don’t recommend for all skin types (even oily skins) is Mineral Oil, as we feel it clogs the pores and suffocates the skin. The emollients we also suggest you avoid are Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Palmitate and Petrolatum. We find these to be very pore clogging, but because they don’t have the word “oil” in their name, you wouldn’t know that these were pore-clogging ingredients. The “safe” oils are Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Safflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Soybean Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil and Macadamia Nut Oil.
It is amazing how many secrets there are in the world of skincare, but follow these moisturizing tips and there’s no way you’ll be left high and dry!
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