The Top 5 Moisturising Skin Dos and Don'ts Explained
If you’re still a little bit new to the skincare world, there’s nothing to be worried about. Whether you’re just starting out, or still working out what works for your skin, we’ve got you covered.
Not knowing how to moisturise your skin can cause all sorts of unwanted issues, such as dryness, flaking, small bumps and even wrinkles. Looking after your skin can be very rewarding for your overall health as your skin acts like a barrier between the world and your body. Knowing the dos and don’ts of moisturising is very important and can save your skin from outbreak.
Dove has just the right solution for you. We’ve put together this guide for our skincare lovers on how to moisturise and how not to moisturise. We’re confident that after this, you’ll be on the right track to healthy and beautiful looking skin.
What You Need to Know About Skin Moisturisers
Skin moisturisers were designed to provide your skin with the hydration and nourishment it needs to be healthy and strong. While it’s possible to overdo it, it’s more likely that people don’t moisturise enough or simply aren’t doing it correctly. With the different skin types out there, one must remember that not all moisturisers are created equally. For example, someone with dry skin would use products that have a high glycerine and hyaluronic acid content and those with oilier skin would opt for a lighter lotion. Let’s delve a little deeper.
The Top 5 Moisturiser Do's
Here’s our list of the top 5 things that will keep your skin looking and feeling great. This will give you the information you need to change your skincare woes into skincare goals. First, the dos.
1. Do choose a moisturiser made exclusively for your skin type
The greatest thing about you is that you’re unique in every single way – even up to your skin type. Make sure to choose a moisturiser that’s in line with what your skin type is – no matter you’re your skin type is.
2. Do top up your moisturiser during the day with sunscreen
SPF is your best friend, and adding it to your favourite body moisturiser will help you to keep your skin glowing and moisturised. Protect and nourish your skin by wearing a sunscreen before stepping out of the house.
3. Do avoid moisturiser that irritates your sensitive skin
People with sensitive skin know just how careful they have to be when it comes to things like fragrance on their skin. Use a lotion such as Dove Body Love Light Care Body Lotion for All Skin Types to help your skin look instantly refreshed and radiant.
4. Do apply moisturiser evenly
Give your body the love it deserves and apply moisturiser evenly throughout. From your neck and your arms to your legs and your stomach - make sure you love your skin and give it the moisture it needs.
5. Do switch moisturisers every summer and winter, if necessary
If you know that your skins’ needs change as the seasons do, it would be beneficial to purchase products to coincide with the season, to keep your skin healthy and beautiful. Summery seasons tend to require lighter moisture opposed to colder seasons which tend to make our skin drier. A great alternative is to use a body lotion in summer and using a body cream in winter.
Now to the Moisturiser Don'ts
The beauty about skincare is that there’s always something new to learn and love. You might think that moisturising a lot is helping your skin, but in reality, it may not be. Check out these tips on what not to do, and your skin will thank you later.
1. Don’t overuse moisturiser
Moisturiser shouldn’t be overused - it’s a skin-nourishing lotion or cream made to hydrate your body and give you the added protection it needs for the day. Having an oily residue build up on your skin doesn’t necessarily mean your skin is moisturised. Ensure you have enough moisturiser for your skin to absorb and soak in.
2. Don’t count exclusively on moisturiser to hydrate your skin
Hydrating your skin is more than just applying moisturiser - it’s a combination of many things that help ensure your entire body, inside out, is hydrated. From diet and lifestyle to exercise and products, these all go hand-in-hand in hydrating your skin and yielding great results.
3. Don’t mix up the difference between dry & dehydrated skin
There’s a difference between dry and dehydrated skin, and it’s important to know that there are different moisturisers for different skin needs. Knowing the difference can help you learn about and cater to your skin better.
4. Don’t leave the skin bare for too long after cleansing
Applying body lotion or cream on damp skin right after cleansing can help lock in the hydration. Cleansing your skin can strip your skin of essential oils, that’s why leaving your skin bare for longer than 60 seconds can cause dryness.
5. Don’t be afraid of oil in moisturiser
The oils found in moisturisers have a very important role to play in hydrating your skin. Don’t be afraid of these oils - they’re used to provide the added nourishment and moisture to give your skin that extra boost.
When Is the Correct Time to Apply Moisturiser on Your Skin?
Believe it or not, the correct time to apply moisturiser on your skin is when it’s damp. Meaning that your skin should be slightly wet, right after a shower or bath, and that’s when you apply your favourite Dove moisturiser. It’ll help lock in the hydration and moisture, and leave your skin feeling soft and supple.
While there are various moisturising dos and don'ts, the top 5 that should be prioritised include: using a moisturiser that matches your skin type, applying moisturiser to damp skin, using sunscreen in combination with moisturiser, avoiding over-exfoliating or over-washing, and drinking plenty of water to hydrate the skin from the inside out. By following these dos and don'ts, you can help ensure that your skin remains healthy, supple, and well-hydrated.
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