4 ways to maximise your moisturiser & improve your skin fast
Moving beyond the generic tips and tricks on how to find the right moisturiser for your skin type and prolong its shelf life, these modern hacks will turn your moisturiser from a noble stead into a supercharged saloon with effects that go above and beyond mere hydration.
Hack #1: Get Wet
Moisturisers work best when they have some pre-existing moisture to lock in. Hence why there’s such thing as the 3-minute rule: always apply your moisturiser within three minutes of having a shower or bath. When there’s water on the skin, the bonds between skin cells become less rigid allowing active ingredients (and moisturiser) to travel deep into the skin. For maximum results, apply your moisturiser shortly after cleansing, before your skin is totally dry. And when we say wet, we mean damp. A face dripping with water is hardly going to encourage your moisturiser to stick around...
Hack #2: Scrub Up
If you want your moisturiser to go the distance, you’ve got to give it a fighting chance. Instead of reaching for moisturiser at the sight of dry rough skin, you’d be better off using a gentle exfoliant to sweep away the dead skin cells and quenching the thirsty new skin cells beneath. It doesn’t need to be a fancy scrub, even something as simple as a damp washcloth will do!
Hack #3: Good Vibrations
Using vibration to push moisture and nutrients into the skin is fast-catching on with makeup artists and influencers alike. With economical oscillating brushes made from silicone and the relatively more expensive microcirculation mimicking massage tools to the really frivolous vibrating twenty-four-karat-gold-plated bars, there’s a tool to suit every skin type and every budget. Either way, the tech is taking off for its ability to sculpt, lift and revitalise. To turbocharge your moisturiser, simply layer over cleansed skin and roll your tool of choice in slow, upward motions across your face before applying makeup or catching some zzz’s.
Hack #4: Lay It On Thick
No, not literally, but layering your products, and in the right order, is a good way to rev up your moisturiser (or oil, or serum). Different formulas work through different pathways in the skin. Some serums are designed to be layered under moisturisers just as some oils should be used on top of moisturiser - you know, to really seal it in. A good rule of thumb is to start with your lightest product and work your way up to your thickest. Even products which technically do similar things can perform better as a duo.
Hack #5: Just Add Sun
...Screen, that is. After applying your moisturiser at the start of the day, you should be chasing it with a mineral sunscreen (and no, the SPF in your foundation doesn’t count). Regardless of where you’ll be, sunscreen is a post-moisturiser non-negotiable. Harmful UVA rays (the ageing ones) and UVB rays (the burning ones) are present even when it’s cloudy and you’re indoors. Incidental sun damage that happens during quick trips, such as walking from your car to the office, adds up too. Any sun exposure can cause cancer and affect the appearance of your skin. Why work as hard as you do on you’re blinding youthful glow if you aren’t willing to protect it?