You’re probably moisturizing wrong! 5 common moisturizer mistakes to avoid

Any skincare routine, no matter how simple or complicated, is finished with a layer of your favorite cream. We all follow these steps in our routine, but there are 5 common moisturizer mistakes to avoid.

Perhaps you thought that you were doing everything well, but moisturizing is not so simple and there are some common mistakes you may be making.

1. 1. Not following the right order

Not following the right order

Layering is key. Cleanser, toner, serums, balms, lotions, actives... It may seem confusing but taking the time to research which product goes when is key. Otherwise, you’re wasting your money and not getting all the benefits you paid for. It’s also important to let the products sink in before following the next step.

The general rule is that skincare should be applied from the thinnest to the thickest product, but actually reading the instructions may shed some light on how you should layer your favorite skincare.

2. 2.  Using the wrong product

Using the wrong product

It's important to get the right product for your skin type. Whether it’s oily, dry, sensitive, normal, or mixed skin, there are plenty of formulas on the market that cover your particular needs. Talk to a professional, ask for samples from stores, research, and get the product that will best suit your skin type.

3. 3. Not cleansing the skin

Not cleansing the skin

It may surprise you, but most of us don’t cleanse our skin correctly. Which may lead to your moisturizer just sealing in the pollutants, debris, and makeup. Make sure you remove all makeup thoroughly, cleanse the skin (massaging the cleanser for about a minute) and then apply the moisturizer on slightly damp skin.

4. 4. Rubbing


Never rub your skin in an aggressive way. Products should be applied with gentle upward strokes or taps. Don’t press too hard, you’re just pulling your skin, causing wrinkles. Using the dot technique is a great way to apply moisturizer. Apply the moisturizer in small dots (about 13 dots: three on the forehead, three on each cheek, two on the nose, two on the chin). Then massage gently in circular motions.

5. 5. Not using products for a long enough time

Not using products for a long enough time

Skincare claims are simply incredible nowadays. So we expect any product to have almost an overnight effect. That simply does not happen. Unless your skin is reacting badly to a product, you should use it for well over a month before seeing if it actually works. Otherwise, you’ll just leave a trail of half-opened jars and unused products that may have been perfectly good if you’d only given them enough time to work.

Good skin starts with a consistent care routine. Follow these tips, drink enough water, and your skin will glow.

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Tina Reese

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