The ‘Do’s and ‘Don’t’s of Moisturizing
Updated: Jun 24
Want youthful skin? Here’s the guide you’ll need for moisturizing mastery
We all know the basic rule—use a moisturizer in your skincare routine. But there’s a flipside to everything. And by that we mean that there are certain things we’d like to highlight so you can be completely informed and make good decisions. Not just heap on dollops of moisturizer thinking it’s the best thing you can do to keep aging skin at bay. So here we have it. We gathered our best sources and compiled a comprehensive list of Moisturizing ‘Do’s and ‘Don’t’s just for you:
1. Do: Dry skin, oily skin or combination skin? There’s a moisturizer to suit you
Think about the moisturizer you’re currently using. Is it a recommendation from a friend who calls it her ‘holy grail product’, saying it gives her glowing skin? Or perhaps it’s a moisturizer that your mother affirms is the answer to her everlasting, youthful skin?
If you’re seeing great results on the faces of your loved ones but still feel like you have dull skin, chances are you’re using a moisturizer that isn’t giving you the glowing skin you want. Do remember that what works for someone else might not work for you, and you should always do your own research before trying out a new product.
Here’s a quick guide.
For dry skin: Go for a moisturizer chock-full of humectants (water-binding ingredients) and nourishing lipid-rich oils so you can make up for the moisture your skin lacks. The Moisturizers Co’s Brightening Moisturizing Cream with Arbutin and Vitamins contains essentials like:
Jojoba Seed Oil
Carrot Seed Oil
These ingredients help retain moisture and prevent dry skin, amongst other great benefits. Besides keeping your skin adequately hydrated, look out for other ingredients that provide additional goodness. The Brightening Moisturizing Cream from The Moisturizers Co. contains Vitamin A, C, and E Derivatives to further brighten and purify your skin. This gives you moisturized and glowing skin in just one application.
For combination skin: Go for a moisturizer that’s lightweight and easy to wear. The Moisturizers Co. Cell Regenerate Gel Cream with Mulberry and Squalane is a gel-cream moisturizer that doesn’t make your face feel oily—humectants and lipid oils are kept to a fair amount while still allowing you to benefit from their moisture-retaining properties (which get naturally depleted from cleansing and other external factors).
Plus, another great point about this moisturizer is its ability to slow down the signs of aging skin thanks to its key ingredient, Resveratrol (found in black mulberries).
For oily skin: Go for a moisturizer that is non-greasy and non-drying to your skin. The Moisturizers Co. Ultra Pore Refiner Anti-Blemish Night Cream with Niacinamide is a high efficacy moisturizer that is extremely lightweight. It contains a blend of pore-clearing exfoliants and non-comedogenic humectants such as Niacinamide, Latic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Wild Yam Extracts, Witch Hazel and Ceramide to help you achieve clear, smooth, and supple complexion with reduced blemishes.
If you have oily skin, experience frequent breakouts / enlarged and clogged pores, while also dealing with premature aging and fine lines concerns from regular usage of drying, oil-control skincare, this night cream is perfect for you.
Don’t: Forget that a complete skin routine includes taking care of the rest of your body!
We wax lyrical about moisturizing our faces all the time—then neglect the rest of our body. Not the most sensible thing to do. If you’re coveting youthful skin/glowing skin on your face, don’t forget that you should give the rest of your body some TLC as well. In fact, applying your face moisturizer on your neck is a definite must-do—you wouldn’t want the quality of skin on your face and neck to look drastically different!
2. Do: Wear a moisturizer that protects you from the sun—it’ll keep you wrinkle-free!
Youthful skin starts with keeping out the sun—and for the busy modern woman, what better way than to combine both your moisturizer and SPF? Of course, it’s always best to use a sunscreen that’s completely dedicated to keeping your skin wrinkle-free, but it doesn’t hurt when your moisturizer is an additional shield from harsh UV rays and other harmful environmental elements.
Don’t: Wear your SPF-laden moisturizer at night
This is where your sensible judgement comes into play. Imagine wearing shades indoors all the time—terribly awkward and does nothing for you, right? The same goes for your moisturizer with a healthy amount of SPF. Save it for when there’s sun and don’t pile it on at night—it’s not going to keep you wrinkle-free if there isn’t any sun to give you wrinkles in the first place. There are day creams and night creams, so get yourself the latter that’s specially formulated to aid in repairing your skin while you sleep, and you’ll always wake up feeling refreshed with soft, glowing skin.
3. Do: Switch up your moisturizers according to what your skin needs
You might habitually have oily skin or combination skin, but a switch in diet or weather/environment (especially at work where the air conditioning is on a constant high) can cause your skin to veer toward the other end of the spectrum. While it’s good to know how your skin primarily functions, be very open and quick to notice when you feel your product isn’t working the way it used to. Use a lightweight moisturizer if you’re usually out and about in Singapore’s humidity, but layer on a thicker moisturizer when you’re holidaying in the middle of Seoul’s harsh winter.
Don’t: Overdo it just because you want glowing skin immediately
As the saying goes: too much of a good thing is a bad thing. And when it concerns your skin, you should keep the right balance to harness the full benefits. Moisturizers always come with recommended application amounts (usually a coin-sized amount does the trick!), so stick to that and don’t slather on more than what you need. Remember, piling on product doesn’t keep you wrinkle-free or instantly banish dull skin—it takes time and meticulous effort to truly see results.
Understanding your skin is honestly the best way you can make the right decisions for it. Plus, with information and advice readily available whenever you want it, getting coveted youthful skin with the correct moisturizing methods isn’t a dream anymore. As a matter of fact, we’re sure you’re a moisturizer guru after reading our list!
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As featured in Her World, CLEO, FEMALE, Shape, Nuyou, Singapore Women’s Weekly, Daily Vanity, Layers of Skins.