• How to get the best out of your moisturizer

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    They all promise you the best for your skin, they all fix multiple skin problems and transform your skin into something you haven’t had since you were a baby. While an educated consumer knows how to evaluate the real benefits of a moisturizer from a label, it is everyone’s responsibility to know how to properly use the product and maximize its benefits on the skin. So how do we get the best out of a moisturizer? Here are a few tips:

    - Exfoliate: exfoliating the dead skin cells will allow the active ingredients of the moisturizer to penetrate the skin layers much easier. Also, it will prevent pore-clogging, bumps and breakouts and will make your skin feel soft. Daily exfoliation allows a rapid cell renewal and therefore a faster healing of current concerns.

    - Cleanse correctly. Morning and evening, cleanse your skin with a suitable cleanser for your skin type. Use warm water and don’t rub your skin. Make sure you rinse off the product completely. Pat dry and apply the moisturizer on the clean skin immediately. To benefit of maximum moisture, try applying the moisturizer while your skin is still damp (not wet!) – this will lock in the extra moisture.

    - Use a toner to seal in moisture and replenish the skin after cleansing; this would prepare the skin for receiving moisture and absorbing it even better.

    - Don’t use heavy makeup on top of your moisturizer, it can clog the pores. After applying moisturizer, allow skin to absorb it completely before applying the rest of your makeup.

    - Moisturizers restore the barrier function of the skin. Make sure you use two different types of moisturizers for summer or winter. Winter’s low humidity, cold air and harsh wind dry out the skin and the barrier function becomes a priority during this season. Summer time requires light lotions and less use of heavy night creams.

    - A little goes a long way – using too much moisturizer won’t increase the effectiveness of a formula on your skin. Stick to a dime size – that should be enough for the entire face.

    - Use SPF moisturizer during the day but a SPF-free formula at night.

    - If you break out, consider changing your moisturizer. Look for comedogenic ingredients and make sure it’s a light formula.

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