Why Your Moisturiser Isn’t Working
Everyone wants to get what they paid for in a moisturiser. But the truth is its ingredients may or may not work for your face, neck, and body compared to the skin of other users.
We’ll give you a few reasons why your moisturiser isn’t working here. Using this info and following our advice, you’ll soon be able to find another one that works perfectly for you.
Continue reading to know them!
1) Your skin isn’t slightly wet
Putting moisturizer on completely dry skin rather than moist skin results in less absorption of the formula. That’s probably why you feel your face is accumulating grease on them.
Brian Zelickson, M.D., a dermatologist from Minnesota, suggests that you first dampen a face towel with gentle warm water, pat it to your face a bit until it is damp before applying the moisturiser.
This should show improvement in your oily skin almost immediately as you do it daily before going out to work or sleeping.
2) You’re applying it wrongly
Having moist skin now, you’re ready to apply your moisturiser. But bear in mind you shouldn’t rub or wipe it randomly like you’re wearing sunscreen—you have to do it the correct way.
Glow Recipe founders Sarah Lee and Christine Chang, recommend patting the cream gently onto your face to increase heat and pressure, which in turn, helps it to be absorbed better.
3) The moisturiser lacks essential ingredients
Check if your moisturiser has the right ingredients. It should have water-retaining humectants above other ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, urea, alpha hydroxy acids, and shea butter.
As we age, lipids in our skin begin to deplete, causing tiny cracks that allow moisture to escape. Likewise, our natural levels of hyaluronic acid, which is responsible for hydrating the skin, take a dive.
What’s more, avoid perfumed moisturisers because while they give your skin a more often sweet scent, they can also fairly irritate and dry out the skin.
4) You are over-moisturising
When you over-moisturise at one time, it sends a signal that your body is producing enough water, protein, and lipids, warns aesthetic doctor Barbara Sturm whose one of many clients is Gwyneth Paltrow.
The result is that your skin won’t give itself the hydration and nutrients essential to keep your skin young, fresh, and beautiful.
So, to achieve that, use only enough during your skincare routine starting with your toner, serum, whitening cream, and then moisturiser.
5) The air isn’t humid enough
If even after doing the above tips, your skin is still oily, then the air around you must not be humid enough. In other words, the air may be dry at your home, office, or coworking space.
The solution to this is to buy a humidifier. New York dermatologist Neal Schultz says it’s best to get an ultrasonic cool mist humidifier because it is both effective and silent.
What it does is release microscopic droplets into the air to alter the humidity level of the room. You can also use it while you sleep to help the moisturiser sink in and allow you to wake up refreshed with soft and supple skin.