Most of us know that moisturiser is an essential step in any skincare regime. If you’ve been religiously applying the best moisturiser but your skin is still not great, you might have been making these mistakes without realising it. Swipe through the gallery to find out what you need to stop doing, so you can get a step closer to clear skin.
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Not Prepping Your Skin
Prepping skin just before moisturising is so important because it ensures that all the moisturiser you’ve applied gets absorbed optimally. Always make it a point to cleanse skin, tone it and use an essence to increase absorption.
Choosing The Wrong Moisturiser
For those of you who have sensitive skin and are prone to breakouts, keep clear of oil-based moisturisers. Not only will they clog your pores, they’ll also increase the likelihood of breakouts and make your skin a lot greasier. However, that’s not to say you shouldn’t moisturise your skin! There are plenty of other options — including water-based moisturisers — that can keep skin moisturised throughout the day.
There is such a thing as moisturising too much. If you feel like your moisturiser isn’t work hard enough for you and doesn’t last as long as you’d like for it to, consider looking for a different formulation.
Not Understanding Your Skin Needs
Dry skin isn’t the same as dehydrated skin. Dry skin usually lacks oil and doesn’t look supple while, dehydrated skin lacks water and feels “tight”.
Applying Moisturiser On Dry Skin
The best time to apply moisturiser is to apply it right after coming out of the shower. We’re not saying your skin should be drenched and wet but it should be damp. Alternatively, you could always spritz your skin with face mist to help keep it damp. Don’t wait too long before applying moisturiser because you’ll end up losing moisture to the air when the water evaporates off your face.
Text: Atika Lim / The Singapore Women’s Weekly / December 2017
Additional text: Hidayah Idris