You might believe that all face creams are the same; after all, they’re just moisturizers you apply to your face to keep it hydrated. Or your makeup appearance is unaffected by the moisturizer you use? Not quite! A solid base is crucial for beautiful makeup. The product you choose can reduce redness, balance your complexion, and ease the application of your foundation, CC cream, or concealer. So, the facial cream has a big role, right?
How to choose the right facial cream?
There are so many creams out there and products in general. So how do you pick the ideal fit for you? We got 5 great and useful tips for you that will defiantly help you choose the right one.
1. Know your skin type
Is your skin dry, oily, normal, or a combination of types? Are you acne-prone or have sensitive skin? Choosing the right moisturizer depends on your skin type and the severity of the dryness you’re experiencing. So, let’s take a look at different skin types:
- Normal skin: If you’re experiencing seasonal dryness in otherwise-normal skin, the lotion is sufficient for most younger people. Age, however, causes the skin to hold less moisture and require more support. Anyone over the age of 50 should consider applying a cream-based moisturizer.
- Dry skin: Skip the lotion and opt for something heavier and more powerful if your skin is already dry and the cold makes it even worse. Creams and ointments add more moisture to the skin and retain more water than lotion.
- Oily skin: For some people, too much moisturizer can clog pores and lead to acne, so consider skipping the moisturizer or opt for a gel, which is lighter than most facial creams.
2. Check the scent
First of all, the fragrance of your moisturizer is important because you will practically be applying it near your nose. Second of all, it’s beneficial to shop somewhere that allows you to sample various creams or at the very least unscrew the containers to get a sniff. Avoid using any scented moisturizers that contain scents or perfumes if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin. Overall, it’s better to choose facial creams without scent, so you won’t get tired of it and it will not irritate your skin
3. Does it contain SPF?
We often hear questions like – should you apply sunscreen every day? Yes, you should – this is an important step of the skincare routine. The best defense against skin aging caused by UV radiation from the sun is the daily application of sunscreen. Your moisturizer can help with that; choose one with an SPF of 15 or higher and use it as instructed each day. It will not only make your routine easier and faster but will take away one extra layer of product, that can make your skin feel heavy or greasy.
4. Look for enriched formulas
Talking about an added value to the product, your face can be thoroughly moisturized without a complicated formula. Simple regular facial moisturizers firm up otherwise dry skin cells to help in the reduction of fine lines and improve the general texture of your skin. Dermatologists have also discovered that several vitamins and antioxidants may increase the creation of collagen in order to preserve skin suppleness and encourage skin cell renewal.
The vitamin A compound retinol has shown the most potential among nonprescription supplements for momentary wrinkle relief. Moisturizers frequently contain synthetic hydroxy acids, which are used to exfoliate dead skin cells and stimulate the creation of new skin cells. The collagen fibers that give skin a smooth texture and may balance out skin tone are created by soy chemicals. Although it doesn’t work well with vitamin A, vitamin C is also known to promote the formation of collagen (which retinol is derived from).
5. New season - new facial cream
Yes, that’s right as the seasons and weather change you should change your facial cream as well. When the temperature rises, it could be appropriate to scale back on your usual skincare routine. Thick moisturizers may cause seasonal breakouts because of increased perspiration and more humid air. If your skin starts to resemble an oil rig all of a sudden, think about switching to a non-greasy, lighter formulation. Winter weather requires increased facial skin protection. Unless your skin is exceptionally oily, you might need a thicker cream to keep your face from drying out. Remember the areas around the lips and eyes, which are particularly vulnerable to winter skin damage, when applying cold weather moisturizer.
How to apply the face cream the right way?
Yes, you read it right – there is a right way to apply the facial cream, or at least the way that helps you benefit the most from the product. How? Follow these 4 easy steps and see if your skin looks and feels better:
- 1st step: Wash your face first – You must wash your face before applying the face cream, regardless of the time of day. In this way, you can remove sweat, dirt, makeup, etc. This will make it possible for the cream to enter your pores and do its job. To fully wash it off, use a soft facial cleanser as well.
- 2nd step: Application on damp skin – Always use wet skin while applying facial cream. It won’t work if you wait until your face is entirely dry. Creams work best when applied to damp skin since it helps the creams retain moisture. Pat your skin dry after you’re done.
- 3rd step: Use small quantities – Applying face cream in little amounts is the best method. More usage doesn’t necessarily yield advantages. In comparison to when you use more, it takes a long time to rub the cream on your face. Instead of leaving a sticky residue on your face, the cream should be able to absorb.
- 4th step: Dab it smooth – Instead of taking a finger full of it, apply small spots all over your face and then smoothen it out – this will able you to apply the cream on every bit of your face.
Remember, when it comes to skincare, facial cream is your best friend. Always apply face cream or a moisturizer before applying the foundation or any other makeup, even if your skin is oily. And moreover, even if you aren’t applying makeup, you should add face cream to your everyday list of products. But after exfoliation, apply calming or hydrating face cream, because exfoliating causes the skin to dry out and needs more moisture. After a few weeks of everyday usage of facial cream, you will see the results and your skin will feel way better, we assure you of that!