NYC dermatologist shares skincare advice he gives his patients
- Why Is Using a Moisturizer Important?
- What’s the Best Way to Apply Moisturizer?
- What’s the Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin?
Moisturizers are important because they help to keep skin balanced while they protect against visible signs of aging. When skin is hydrated, it’s luminous and plump, so it will look and feel softer and healthier.”
If your moisturizer only offers hydration and doesn’t contain other active ingredients, apply it immediately after toweling off while you’re still in the steamy bathroom, to seal in additional moisture. If your moisturizer contains a treatment, let any redness fade after showering or cleansing before applying. When skin is red, all of its vital functions are focused on helping it return to a calmer state, so any active ingredient might be more than it can handle at that given moment. When skin is in this recovery mode, products that it otherwise might have been able to tolerate can prolong the redness and make it appear irritated.
People with oilier complexions should look to use lotions rather than creams. The way to tell the difference is that a lotion pours and a cream does not. Lotions are always more lightweight, which is better for oily complexions. It is also good to look for oil-free formulas as well as Hyaluronic Acid as an active ingredient because it moisturizes via humectants (which pull water vapor from the atmosphere and into the skin) rather than through the application of oil on the surface.