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Make the Most Out of Your Moisturiser

Know Your Skin

By understanding yourself and observing the reaction of your skin to different stimulae, you will be able to look after it in a more effective manner.  The first step is to determine which skin type they have so that they can choose the right moisturising product to fit your particular needs.  There are moisturising products that prevent water from leaving the epidermis by acting as a natural protective film coat.    These moisturising products are typically fairly oily and can potentially clog your pores.  If you have sensitive or oily skin, these types of products can be counter productive and even cause acne.  If your skin is not oily, these products may be exactly right for you.

There are other moisturising products that are water-based and contain less oil.  These are ideal for oily complexions. Droplets of water are thinner than droplets of oil and hence are able to penetrate lower layers of the skin more effectively.  Water-based moisturising products, which typically may contain glycerine, or lactic acid, absorb and retain water penetrating through the lower layers of your epidermis. 

Pick the right time and place to moisturise

To make the most out of your moisturising, you should know that some times are better than others.

If your moisturiser is of the oily type that acts as a protective film coat, then it is ideal to apply it after a bath or a shower, while your skin is still wet.  That way your skin can retain the extra water.

Another great time to apply a moisturising is before going to bed at night. Applying moisturising throughout the day is also a great idea to keep that skin smooth.

You should apply your moisturiser sparingly, giving special attention to those parts of your body that get dryer, such as elbows and arms.

Not too many baths!

You should know that excessive baths don't let your sebaceous glands replenish your skin's natural protective layer. Both hot water and regular soap rob your body of its moisturising oil, so basically, the more you bathe, the harder it is for your skin to keep itself moisturized. Cutting back the daily bathing regimen a bit should do the trick for most people or at least limit your bathing time to only a few minutes. The water temperature should be lukewarm, not hot.  Also, use soap only on the critical areas and use good gels on the rest of your body.   

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