October 19, 2017 4 min read

We know that taking care of your skin is one of your top priorities. You’ve done the research to find the best products for your skin type. You diligently follow your skincare routine - cleanse, tone, correct, moisturize - every morning and every night. Yet you’re still noticing that your skin is looking far from its best. So what are you doing wrong? While there could be many factors contributing to your lackluster skin, it’s possible that your moisturizing habits are to blame. Read on and find out if you’re making these five common moisturizing mistakes and what you can do about them.


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1. You skip moisturizing altogether

The first moisturizing mistake that many people make is skipping this step in their skincare routine altogether. People skip moisturizing their skin for a multitude of reasons. Many people aren’t aware of the importance of providing your skin with the hydration it needs on a daily basis (more on this in #). Others skip moisturizing because they believe it will do more harm than good for their skin. This moisturizing mistake is very common is people with acne-prone skin. Since their skin tends to be very oily and they understand that excess oils leads to breakouts, those with acne-prone skin skip using moisturizers due to the fear of breaking out. It turns out that this is the opposite of what you should be doing!

There are several steps that lead to theformation of blemish, one of which is the excess production of sebum (the skin’s natural oil) that clogs the pores of your skin. While many factors can contribute to the overproduction of sebum, one is when the skin becomes too dry. Sensing the dryness, your body signals for the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum to correct the problem. Therefore, skipping the moisturizing step in your skincare routine can actually make acne worse. If you have acne-prone skin you can fix this moisturizing mistake by looking for a moisturizer that is light, oil-free, and noncomedogenic.

2. You don’t exfoliate first

Moisturizers are designed to make the external layers of the skin softer, more extensible, and pliable, increasing the skin's hydrationby reducing evaporation. But what if your moisturizer isn’t able to get to those outer layers of your skin? What we mean by this is that since dry skin typically has an excess buildup of dead skin cells on the surface moisturizers cannot get to the site of action. Applying a moisturizing on top of all these extra dead skin cells is just creating a layer that is not effectively hydrating your skin. Thus, it’s important to get rid of that buildup of dead skin cells before you moisturize by exfoliating. To resolve this moisturizing mistake, try using a gentle scrub once to twice per week before applying your moisturizer.

3. You apply it to dry skin

One of the most common moisturizing mistakes is applying it dry. Howard Sobel, a dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, tellsAllure, “Moisturizer needs to be applied when the skin is still slightly damp from cleaning, before the water has evaporated.” By doing this, you will help your skin to lock in moisture. To fix this moisturizing mistake, it’s recommended to gently pat skin dry after cleansing until your skin is just slightly damp, then apply your moisturizer.

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4. You don’t moisturize consistently

According toPrevention, you should apply a moisturizer at least once daily to help your skin maintain adequate hydration. One way to understand the importance of moisturizing on a daily basis is to think of your skin as a brick wall: your skin cells are the bricks and the matrix surrounding them is the mortar. This matrix consists of many beneficial components such as hyaluronic acid, lipids, proteins, etc., that all help keep the skin hydrated by retaining water and preventing transepidermal water loss.

However,various factors can disrupt this matrix, including low humidity, cold weather, hot water, exposure to harsh chemicals, microorganisms, and even psychological stress. Furthermore, all of these components diminish as we age, so it’s important to restore them by moisturizing the skin on a daily basis. Because just like a brick wall would fall apart without the mortar holding it together, our skin will begin appear dry, flaky, and wrinkled without the hydration needed to support its matrix.

5. You aren’t using separate eye cream

Some people argue that eye creams aren’t necessary because they contain very similar ingredients to face moisturizer, but in lower concentrations with higher price tags. While this is true, the lower concentrations in eye creams is agood thing. The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate and sensitive. Using your face moisturizer around the eye area could do more harm than good! To overcome this moisturizing mistake, look for aneye cream that have astrong but safe clinically proven formula for the sensitive area around the eyes.

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A guaranteed way to correct your moisturizing mistakes

Above we’ve outlined some tips and recommendations to help solve five of the most common moisturizing mistakes. But making these changes and correcting bad habits can take time, and you most likely want to see results sooner rather than later. If that’s the case, we invite you to try theImmacuDerm Radiance Restored Daily Use Skin Hydrator. You can take advantage of our proprietary daily use formula to properly hydrate, ease wrinkles, improve your skin tone, and restore your youthful glow.In fact, we're so certain our product has the answer you’re looking for we offer a 60 day money-back guarantee on all of our products. Keep your skin at its very best by shopping the Daily Use Hydrator and other ImmacuDerm productshere.