So I think we can all agree that moisturizing your skin, especially in the cold months of winter, is a necessity – it is right up there with brushing and flossing everyday! But there are a couple of things you should remember to make the most of it and to ensure you aren’t actually doing more harm than good when applying moisturizer.

  1. Start with a Clean Slate

    The best time to apply moisturizer is immediately after you wash your face and your skin is still damp. This allow you to trap the moisture of the water on your skin and help to hydrate all day long. Your moisturizer will also act as a barrier to protect your clean skin and pores.

  2. Upward Strokes

    When applying moisturizer always move your hands in an upward direction on both your neck and your face. If you go in a downward direction you are actually pulling down on your skin and causing more harm than good.

  3. Don’t forget your neck and décolletage

    Your neck and décolletage are usually a dead give away to your true age and condition of your skin, but they are also the most neglected. Whatever products, moisturizers, serums or SPF you are using on your face should be shared with your neck and upper chest area.

  4. Let it dry

    Before moving right on to your make-up, give your moisturizer at least two minutes to penetrate the skin and dry first.

  5. Clean hands

    Always wash your hands before applying anything to your face to ensure you aren’t introducing bacteria, dirt or any other irritants to your skin.