Moisturizers prevent the skin from drying by holding water in the outermost layer of skin. People with dry skin require heavier lotions with humectants to lock in moisture. People with oily skin should use oil-free & noncomedogenic moisturizers and people with normal skin need light moisturizers with natural oils. Here are some mistakes to avoid when using moisturizer:
Moisturizer should not be applied to a completely dry face. Moisturize as soon as you wash your face in order to lock in the moisture before it evaporates.
Do not skip on moisturizer because your skin feels oily. When you wash with cleansers and you do not moisturize, your skin overproduces oil to regenerate the moisture it is lacking. If you feel greasy, use oil-free moisturizers and foundations.
Apply gently. Tugging and slapping on your moisturizer can damage skin and cause wrinkles. Apply in gentle, circular motions and pat with clean hands and fingertips.
Apply on your neck. Do not forget to apply moisturizer to your throat or you can end up with a smooth face with a wrinkly neck. Eek!