Everyone knows that keeping skin moisturized is key to getting that youthful glow and maintaining a nice, supple complexion. Especially in the hot and sticky summer months though, it is easy to have too much of a good thing on the moisturizer front.
To make sure you are maximizing your products—and not wasting them or compromising your skin in the process— read on to learn if you are being a bit excessive with your moisturizing routine. Heed their advice so that you can avoid unnecessarily over-doing it.
The low-down on over-moisturizing
It’s a common misconception that the more moisturizer you use, the more effective it will be. High quality moisturizers are very concentrated and are designed to deliver results through very small amounts. If it takes a long time for your moisturizer to be absorbed into the skin or if you are going through product quickly—like every few weeks—there is a good chance you’re overusing your moisturizer.
The signs of over-moisturizing
Sometimes, it’s just a matter of using the wrong product for your skin type. For instance, if your skin is on the oily side, you want to use a cream that is specifically formulated for you. You might not experience any skin issues, but your skin may feel or look greasy after applying, and your makeup might not set properly on your skin.
Other indications of over-moisturizing include clogged pores, breakouts, overproduction in oil, bumps, or buildup of dead skin cells. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is a good idea to reduce the amount you use or explore a different product that’s more suitable for your skin type.
The most prone skin types
Those with dry skin tend to overdo it when moisturizing as they notice their skin is dry or flaky. Facial dryness is sometimes the result of using excessive product or the wrong product so it is important to use the right moisturizer for your skin type and to ensure that the moisture is being absorbed into skin cells, instead of just accumulating on the surface of the skin.
How to avoid over-doing it
Most importantly, it is necessary that you research products before you buy them. But after you have found the one, focus on using it effectively, not excessively. Exfoliating before applying moisturizer helps to remove dead skin cells and excess oil, which makes for easier absorption of your moisturizer into skin cells. Also, introduce a spray toner to your daily skincare regimen, and spritz before applying moisturizer. This will help spread the moisturizer evenly, maximizing absorption so that key ingredients are delivered deeper into the layers of your skin.