7 moisturizing mistakes that quickly age your skin

1. Applying Moisturizer to Dry Skin

You apply moisturizer to hydrate skin, right? So it would make sense that you should apply it to dry skin. This is a mistake. Dry skin typically has a buildup of dead skin cells on the surface. This creates a layer on top of skin that is unlikely to allow any moisturizer through.

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2. Rubbing Too Vigorously

If you’re rubbing in your moisturizer—particularly if you’re in a hurry to have it vanish—you’re robbing yourself of many of its benefits.

First, you’re creating friction between your hands and your skin, which can cause some of the water content in the moisturizer to evaporate before it even gets a chance to work. Tugging and pulling on the skin—whether with your hands or a towel—can also damage skin, leading to premature aging and wrinkles.

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3. Choosing the Wrong Moisturizer

You may suspect that your product isn’t working for you, and you may be right. In addition to avoiding potentially damaging ingredients like chemical fragrances, petrolatum, parabens, and the like, you need a natural product that works right for your unique skin type. Drier skin types usually do well with coconut oil, whereas those prone to breakouts may favor grapeseed or avocado oil.

4. Thinking Oily Skin Means You Don’t Need Moisturizer

Those with oily skin often feel like the last thing they need is more moisture. After all, their skin already feels so greasy! Oily skin, though—especially as we age—can become unbalanced, particularly as you go through breakouts and the skin is disrupted with old acne scars. If you’re using harsh acne products to try to dry up the breakouts, your skin can react even more to the lack of moisture. Over time, it may actually produce more oil to try to balance itself out.

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5. Applying Moisturizer Inconsistently

Like the rest of your body, your skin falls into a routine. If you apply moisturizer twice a day, for example, and then go for several days applying only once a day, expect your skin to react. It may get dry, breakout, or respond with more oiliness.

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6. Applying Moisturizer Only to Some Body Parts

Are you a face-only moisturizing person? If so, you may want to expand your repertoire. The skin is the largest organ we have, and works as a unified system. If you’re neglecting a large part of it, you’re requiring it to compensate, which can rob you of your best-looking skin.

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7. Never Changing Moisturizer

You may be loyal to one type of moisturizer, but if you’ve been using it for ten years or more, your loyalty may be misplaced. Skin changes as we age. It will require different ingredients in your 40s than it did in your 30s, and so on for just about every decade.

If you move to a different climate, your skin may require less or more moisturizer. If you’re going through hormonal changes (menopause, pregnancy), your skin will change, too. Even if you change your diet, you will likely notice a change in your skin. To do: In general, be aware of your skin.

Watch how it reacts. If it starts to get too dry, dull, or flaky, step up your moisture with a richer cream or with hydrating masks. If it’s breaking out, try a different product. Just don’t be afraid to change and try something else if what you’re using isn’t working great.

source: annmarie gianni

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