How to Moisturize Your Body
Moisturizers have many purposes beyond relieving and preventing dry skin. Did you know that they can protect sensitive skin, improve your skin tone, and even hide imperfections?But moisturizing your entire body goes beyond slathering a lotion on yourself. In fact, it’s something you can do from the inside and out. By using moisturizing products and promoting moisture retention, you can moisturize and keep your skin moist throughout the day.
Using Moisturizing Products
Wash with gentle, moisturizing products.Use separate fragrance-free and allergy-tested cleansers to wash your face and body. Select cleansers that retain moisture and keep your skin free of dirt and bacteria. Some moisturizing preparations and soap-free moisture cleansers include:
Pat your skin dry.Gently blot at your skin to dry it. This can prevent you from stripping natural oils that moisturize your skin. It can also minimize the risk of irritation.
Determine your skin type.Every individual’s skin is different and requires care specific to its type. Examine and feel your skin to determine what type it is. This can ensure you use the right product for your skin type. Look for the following characteristics of each skin type:
- Normal skin feels even and balanced. It is not too dry, oily, or sensitive. Your pores are generally unnoticeable.
- Sensitive skin feels itchy, patchy, dry, and may sting. Your pores may be normal to large.
- Oily feels oily and greasy all over and has large pores that may be clogged.
- Dry skin feels tight and dry. It may even be cracked and flaky. Your pores are and feel tight.
- Combination skin feels oily in the T-zone but dry everywhere else. You may have large pores around nose.
Find the best moisturizer for your skin type.Get optimal amounts of moisture without oversaturating your skin by determining the best product for your face and body. Although you may need a specific product due to age or conditions such as acne, follow these general guidelines for what type of moisturizer you need:
- Normal skin needs a water-based moisturizer with a light, non-greasy feel.
- Dry skin needs heavier, oil- or petrolatum-based products that retain moisture.
- Oily skin needs water-based, non-comedogenic products.
- Sensitive skin needs water-based products with soothing ingredients such as aloe, chamomile, or calendula.
- Mature skin needs oil- or petrolatum-based products.
- Try body butter for a natural, oil based moisturizer.
Apply moisturizers to your skin.Gently massage your skin-specific moisturizers on your face and body. Do this within 10 minutes of stepping out of the shower or bath. This can seal in moisture so you don’t need to reapply often.
- Use moisturizers with a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from the drying rays of the sun.
Promoting Moisture Retention
Use proper bathing habits.Limit yourself to a 5-10 minute shower or bath every day. Rinse off your skin with lukewarm water. This can ensure that you prevent the loss of natural oils on your skin. It also will help moisturizing products best penetrate your skin.
Drink plenty of water.Get at least eight glasses of fresh water every day. This may help your skin retain moisture, look plumper, and prevent dehydration.
- Drink other beverages such as 100% fruit juice, tea, or coffee if you don’t like water. These also count toward your daily total.
Humidify your home.Keep a cool or warm air humidifier in your home depending on the season. Set the humidity level to about 60%. This can help you retain your skin’s natural moisture as well as the moisturizing products you use. It can also replenish the moisture to the top layer of your skin.
Dress yourself in breathable, smooth fabrics.Avoid wearing fabrics such as wool or polyester that may irritate your skin. These can also rob it of moisture, too. Instead, choose natural and breathable fabrics such as cotton. This may help your skin retain moisture and prevent dry skin.
Protect skin from the elements.Avoid exposing your skin to environmental extremes. These include low humidity, cold air, fires, the sun, or smog. Covering areas exposed to elements can help you retain moisture while preventing the loss of it from your skin. Some ways to protect your skin include:
- Reading weather reports.
- Staying indoors if it’s too hot or too cold.
- Sitting away from fires or stoves.
- Wearing a sun hat and sunscreen.
- Misting your skin with a portable water bottle.
Switching Up Your Moisturizer
Introduce new products gradually.Give your skin time to get used to new products. Apply new products only a few days a week. Move up to every day after two weeks of application with no problems or reactions. This can ensure your skin doesn’t have a bad reaction to the product. It can also ensure that it is safe to use with other products in your regimen.
- Consider doing a patch test inside of your wrist if you have sensitive skin.
Add new products only after a few weeks.Stick with your new skincare regimen for a few weeks before adding further new products. This can cause a skin reaction that leads to unwanted dryness or redness. Once you’re ready, repeat the gradual introduction process with your next moisturizer.
Use caution when mixing moisturizing products.Speak to your doctor, pharmacist or product manufacturer when if you use several different products. Let them know which products you are using together and ask if it is safe to mix them. This can ensure that your products don’t interact with one another or cause dryness and irritation. It can also prevent products from neutralizing one another.
- Read product information for contraindications, including products you shouldn’t mix together.
QuestionDo have to dry off the moisturizer?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, let it absorb into your skin.Thanks!
QuestionWill applying baby oil on my body in the shower moisturize my skin?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt may, depending on your skin type. If you apply baby oil before a shower and leave it on for a few minutes, this may cause better or more effective results.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can you use if you don't have a moisturizing cleanser?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerCoconut oil works well, as well as lotion. Choose a lotion that matches your body's moisture level. For example, if you don't tend to have dry skin, choose a light lotion. If you tend to have very dry skin, use a thicker, heavier lotion, or one specially formulated for very dry skin.Thanks!
QuestionShould I apply lotion after the moisturizer?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, you don't need to apply lotion after using the moisturizer.Thanks!
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