Moisturizers are skincare products that help maintain the skin’s hydration levels and prevent dryness. They hold water in the outer layer of the skin, seal in moisture, and create a protective barrier against environmental factors.
If you’re looking for a new moisturizer, you’ll need to know your skin type. There are moisturizers specifically formulated for certain skin types, and you’ll get the best results using a product suited for your skin’s needs. Those with oily skin may look for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer, whereas those with dry skin may look for a heavier moisturizing cream.
It’s a good idea to patch test when adding new products to your skincare routine, especially if your skin is easily irritated. To patch test your moisturizer, apply a small amount to clean skin on your forearm. Allow this to sit for 24 hours (avoid washing the area), and then check to see if there are any signs of irritation.
You should apply your moisturizer two times per day: once in the morning and once in the evening. Always apply a moisturizer to clean skin (excluding any serums or treatments you might have just applied).
For just your face, you’ll want to use about a nickel-sized amount of moisturizer. However, if you’re moisturizing your face, neck, and chest (which is recommended), use a quarter-sized amount.
A moisturizer won’t directly help prevent acne, but it can help speed up the healing process of current breakouts by adequately hydrating the skin and calming down any inflammation.
A simple moisturizer won’t do much to heal acne scars on its own. However, some moisturizers may contain additional ingredients that may help speed up the healing process, such as retinol or vitamin C. That said, you’ll get the best results by using targeted serums or treatments.