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Steps to Moisturise Your Skin Effectively

By Shrudi Shyam

Taking care of your skin goes beyond just cleansing and toning. Moisturising is an essential step in any skincare routine; one that should never be overlooked. Properly moisturised skin not only feels smooth and supple but also maintains its health and vitality. In this blog, we will explore the steps to moisturise your skin, additional moisturising tips, common mistakes to avoid and more that ll help you in achieving a radiant and hydrated complexion.

Understanding Your Skin Type

Before diving into moisturisation steps and techniques, it's crucial to understand your skin type. Different skin types require different approaches to moisturising in order to address their specific needs:

1. Normal Skin: Normal skin is well-balanced, with adequate moisture levels. Look for lightweight moisturisers that provide hydration without feeling too heavy or greasy.

2. Dry Skin: Dry skin lacks natural moisture and often feels tight and flaky. Choose moisturisers that are rich in emollients and humectants, such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin that help lock in moisture and restore hydration to dry skin.

3. Oily Skin: Oily skin produces excess sebum, leading to a shiny appearance and potential breakouts. Opt for oil-free or gel-based moisturisers that are non-comedogenic.

4. Combination Skin: Combination skin is characterised by an oily T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and comparatively drier cheeks. Use a lightweight moisturiser that provides hydration without being too greasy or oily.

5. Sensitive Skin: Sensitive skin is prone to irritation and redness. Look for moisturisers labelled as hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. Avoid ingredients like alcohol and harsh chemicals that can trigger sensitivity.

For normal, dry and combination skin, you can use POND'S Light Moisturiser or POND'S Bright Beauty Serum Cream. For oily, sensitive skin and acne-prone skin, POND'S Super Light Gel with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E will be a better bet. Meanwhile, if you have ageing skin you can also use the POND'S Age Miracle day and night cream.

Choosing the Right Moisturiser

Once you understand your skin type, choosing the right moisturiser becomes crucial. When selecting a moisturiser, consider the following key ingredients known for their beneficial properties:

1. Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic acid plumps up the skin, smooths out fine lines, and improves overall moisture balance by attracting and retaining moisture, providing intense hydration to the skin.

2. Ceramides: Ceramides reinforce the skin's natural barrier, prevent moisture loss, and maintain hydration, making them ideal for dry or sensitive skin types.

3. Natural Oils: Natural oils like jojoba oil, argan oil, or rosehip oil provide nourishment and replenish the skin's lipid barrier and are especially suitable for dry or mature skin.

4. Antioxidants: Ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, or green tea extract provide antioxidant protection, helping to combat free radicals and environmental damage.

5. Glycerin: Glycerin is a humectant that attracts moisture from the environment and locks it into the skin effectively hydrating and keeping it supple and smooth.

While you look for the aforementioned ingredients, here are some common irritants or allergens in moisturisers that you must avoid, to ensure a pleasant and irritation-free experience:

6. Fragrances: Synthetic fragrances can be harsh on the skin and may cause irritation, especially for sensitive skin. Opt for fragrance-free or naturally scented moisturisers.

7. Alcohol:Certain alcohols, such as denatured alcohol or ethanol, can strip the skin of its natural oils leading to dryness or irritation. Choose moisturisers that are alcohol-free or contain non-drying alcohols like cetyl or stearyl alcohol.

8. Parabens: Parabens are preservatives that have been associated with potential skin irritation. Consider paraben-free moisturisers as an alternative.

Preparing Your Skin for Moisturisation

The steps to moisturise your skin is pretty simple. However, it's essential to properly prepare your skin before that. Follow these steps to optimize moisturiser absorption:

1. Gentle Cleansing: Start by cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser and pat your skin dry with a soft towel.

2. Exfoliation: Exfoliate your skin 2 times a week to remove dead skin cells, allowing moisturisers to penetrate more effectively. Choose a chemical exfoliant that suits your skin to avoid irritation. Don't over-exfoliate try to avoid harsh exfoliants as they can lead to skin damage.

3. Enhanced Absorption: After cleansing and exfoliating, your skin is ready to absorb the moisturiser.

4. Serums: If you want to include serums with active ingredients in your skincare routine, now's the time to apply them. However, if you want to skip it, move on to the next step.

5. Moisturiser Application: Apply the moisturiser in small dots all over your face and neck, gently massage the product using upward circular motions until it is completely absorbed into your skin. Wait for a few minutes after you moisturise your skin and continue with sunscreen and makeup as required.

Techniques and Tips to Moisturise Skin

Knowing the correct techniques and tips to moisturise skin can significantly improve its effectiveness. Consider the following guidelines to get the best out of your moisturiser:

1. Timing is Key: Moisturise skin immediately after showering or cleansing, as your skin is most receptive to hydration at this time. However, if you use serums, apply those, wait for a few minutes, slightly dampen your skin, and go ahead with your moisturiser.

2. Proper Amount: Use a pea-sized amount of moisturiser for your face and neck as applying too much product can leave a heavy or greasy residue.

3. Circular Motions: Use gentle circular motions to moisturise your skin as it promotes even distribution and stimulates blood flow.

Additional Practices to Moisturise Skin

In addition to external moisturisation, there are other practices that can contribute to overall skin hydration:

1. Hydration from Within: Drinking an adequate amount of water throughout the day helps maintain your skin's moisture levels. You should aim to drink at least eight glasses of water daily to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

2. Utilize a Humidifier: During dry seasons or when the air is particularly dry, a humidifier can help add moisture to the atmosphere. This helps prevent excessive moisture loss from your skin, keeping it nourished and supple.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

While moisturising is essential, it's equally important to avoid common mistakes that can hinder the effectiveness of your skincare routine:

1. Using Wrong Moisturiser: Choose a moisturiser that suits your skin otherwise, you may have clogged pores and breakouts.

2. Harsh Products: Using skincare products with harsh ingredients, such as alcohol or fragrances, can strip away your skin's natural oils and lead to dryness and irritation.

3. Over-Moisturising: Applying too much moisturiser can overwhelm your skin and leave it feeling greasy or clogged.

4. Neglecting Certain Body Parts: Along with your face, remember to moisturise your neck, hands, feet, and elbows too.

5. Forgetting Sunscreen: Forgetting sunscreen can disrupt your skin barrier and no moisturiser can repair it. Hence, never forget to wear sunscreen.

Moisturising your skin effectively is a crucial step in any skincare routine. By understanding your skin type, selecting the right moisturiser, preparing your skin, and following proper techniques, you can achieve well-hydrated and nourished skin. Additionally, incorporating hydration from within and avoiding common moisturising mistakes will contribute to maintaining a healthy and radiant complexion. Prioritise moisturisation, and enjoy the benefits of supple, soft, and glowing skin.

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