Here, the smartest ways to moisturize so that everything looks (and feels) just right all year long.
Rule number one: Keep it simple and scale back. That means washing your face with a gentle cleanser at night only. No fancy formulas that foam and tingle, and no need to double up on the stuff in the morning. You want to remove any makeup and surface grime from the day—not the natural oils your skin needs to stay soft and healthy.
No amount of lotion will work properly if it’s applied on top of dead skin cells (which explains the oil slick on your face). To get the most out of your moisturizer, try combining both physical and chemical exfoliants.Once a week, use a mild facial scrub to loosen and lift those cells from the top layer of your skin. Now your moisturizer can actually sink in.
Upgrade Your Moisturizer
It’s not as simple as swapping out a lighter lotion for a heavier cream. You need to look at the label. Ingredients like petrolatum and even our beloved coconut oil can be too greasy on skin and clog pores. On the other hand, creams with humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid draw water into your skin and keep it soft without smothering it.
Use Less Product
Though you probably want to slather on as much cream as you can, more product doesn’t mean more hydration. In fact, if you use too much of the stuff, your skin won’t be able to absorb it, leaving the excess sitting on your face. Start with a dime-size amount of moisturizer and add more as needed.