It is possible to over-moisturise or use too heavy a moisturiser, especially if you have a naturally oily skin. If you are getting whiteheads (milea), blackheads or clogged skin these are signs that you may be using too heavy a moisturiser or too much of it.
How to apply moisturiser?
If you cleanse your skin first before applying moisturiser the cream will spread more easily and you won’t need to use as much. Also the film of moisturiser will trap the moisture in and the skin can better absorb the nutrients when it is clean. Using a spatula makes the cream last longer because you are not introducing bacteria from your fingers.
Apply a small amount of cream from the spatula to your fingers and massage it in gently in small anticlockwise circles. When moisturising your face and neck, include the back of your neck and the backs of your hands.
If you apply cream around the eyes, do this first before moisturising the face using only a very small amount of lightweight moisturiser or eye cream around the eye area. Be careful not to drag or pull the skin around the eyes and apply the cream gently, patting it in just under the eyebrow ridge and above the cheek bones and then smooth it out by circling around the eyes. The heat from the skin naturally spreads the cream so if you put it too close it will go into the eyes.
Beauty products with lovely fragrance and texture can enhance the quality of our self-care, especially if we use them as part of a ceremony or ritual to honour ourselves. However, there is no need to spend a fortune on a huge range of products.
How you apply product is possibly more important than what you put on. The skin responds to a loving touch which enlivens it and encourages the natural glow to shine through the skin. Feel your fingers and enjoy the texture of the product and the skin.
Nutrition and Hydration
Nutrition and hydration are more important than what you put on your skin. The best way to keep the skin hydrated is to make sure you drink enough water. If you listen to your body it will tell you how much you need to drink and it will vary according to your activities and the temperature of the day. Having a good amount of oil and fats in the diet also helps replenish the oils in our skin and you can also massage in a thin layer of coconut oil, or light olive oil if you feel your skin is lacking in oil.
Sandra N., Australia
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