Skin Care August 4, 2016

Moisturizing After Showers & Baths

Woman applying moisturizer

You’ve probably heard thousands of times by now how important moisturizing is to your skin’s health and overall appearance.  If you haven’t…it’s super important.  While we often hear of moisturizing in terms of applying moisturizers to our face and neck area, it’s just as important to apply moisturizers to the rest of your body.  We know, we know it sounds like a lot to be applying moisturizer to your entire body all the time – but trust us you’ll thank us later for informing you.  If you’re like us, you’re wondering when the best time to apply moisturizers to your body is.  We got ALL the details to share with you.

Dermatologists and other skin experts suggest the best time to apply moisturizers to your body is right after you get out of the shower or bath.  When you apply moisturizer immediate following your bath it’s said that the moisturizer actually helps to really lock in the water and moisture to your skin keeping it even more hydrated.  Now, you’re not going to want to necessarily apply the moisturizer when your skin is still soaked from your shower or bath.  So to eliminate some of the water from your skin, it’s advised to actually pat dry with a dry towel.  Patting versus rubbing will help to make sure you’re not irritating your skin, which is highly possible when you rub your skin with a towel to dry.  Pat dry and get rid of most of the water, once you’ve done that apply the moisturizer to your body.

When you’re moisturizing your body, it’s important that you’re not missing any areas.  Especially focusing on the areas that tend to be prone to dryness like elbows, knees, hands, and feet – get them all!  Now is the time to lock in as much moisture and hydration as you possibly can so use that to your benefit and get all the areas that you find are drier than others.  Of course, you’ll want to focus on your whole body, but the areas that are drier you may want to do two applications to.

Depending on your skin type, you’re probably going to want to use a moisturizer for your body that’s much thicker and heavier than the type of moisturizer you use on your face.  In fact, most experts suggest using different moisturizers since the skin on your face is different than the skin on your body.  Opting for moisturizers that are specially formulated for the body are great to help you make sure you have heavy duty moisturizer that’s going to do the job you’re looking for.  If you really want to get the most out of moisturizing after your shower or bath, you’ll exfoliate your body on a regular basis to eliminate the dead skin cells and such.  Using things like dry brushes are easy ways to get some exfoliation in during your shower or bath so you’re able to immediately follow up with the moisturizing process.

Do you moisturize your body after your shower or bath?

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