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Ask Dr. Schultz | Skin Care Guides | When is the Best Time to Moisturize?

When is the Best Time to Moisturize?

There are a lot of benefits to using a moisturizer on a regular basis. But does everyone need to use one? And just when is the best time to apply your moisturizer to reap all of its benefits?

Should You Use a Moisturizer?

Moisturizers hold a special place in a lot of people's hearts in terms of skin care. Don't get us wrong, moisturizers can do a lot of good! But you don't have to use one. Here are a few instances in which you would find a moisturizer especially helpful:

- If you have dry skin, or suffer from dry skin during certain parts of the year, such as during the winter months.
- If you want to improve the appearance of fine lines.
- If you want to prevent some of the stress caused by free radicals and oxidation, which often contribute to aging.
- If you simply enjoy the way a moisturizer makes your skin feel.

Oil Doesn't Equal Water

Skin type also plays an important factor when determining whether or not you need to apply a moisturizer. People with dry skin will obviously need to be more diligent about moisturizing.

However, an oily complexion is not necessarily a well-hydrated one, so it really comes down not to your amount of oil, but how much or little water your skin retains. The trickiest situation is combination skin. The dry cheeks of combination skin thirst for water, but the t-zone almost never does. In this case, apply either a moisturizer just to your cheeks or an oil-free one to your entire face.

When Is the Best Time to Apply a Moisturizer?

The best time you could possibly moisturize is immediately after a shower. You'll want to use warm water to open up your pores. Just make sure the water isn't too hot, because this leads to drier skin and can create a vicious cycle.

After a warm shower, your skin is still enjoying the good effects of all of that extra moisture. By applying your moisturizer after a gentle pat down, you're making sure that this hydration is locked in.

During the winter, moisturizing becomes even more important. The wind and dry weather are very harsh to your skin, so apply your moisturizer frequently throughout the day. You should also con-sider switching to a heavier, richer moisturizer that will provide a deeper penetration.

Choosing the Best Moisturizer for Your Skin Type

The type of moisturizer you use is critical to your skin's water balance. Using a cream that is too light will leave dry skin thirsty for more, whereas applying a cream that is too heavy to oily skin can lead to breakouts.

To treat really dry skin, we recommend the BeautyRx Ultimate Moisture Night Cream. This is a heavier cream that satisfies your parched skin's need for moisture. The BeautyRx Light Rehydration Lotion is better suited for oily skin types, as it provides a lightweight protection and won't contribute to breakouts.

Dry, oily, and combination skin types can benefit from the Nourishing Moisture Cream facial moisturizer, a water-based, medium weight hydrator.


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