How to Moisturize Your Face and Body Correctly
Anyone who has suffered from dry skin knows the moisturizer aisle at their local drugstore pretty well. These are the best moisturizers from drugstores (no need to buy fancy moisturizers), and our favorite organic body moisturizers and we give you all our secret tips on how to keep your body and face properly moisturized.
The Best Way to Apply Moisturizer
Moisturizer is the key to soft, supple skin. Apply product when skin is slightly damp. For best effect, pat skin dry instead of rubbing with your towel before applying lotions or oils.
If you choose body oils over lotions, towel off the excess oils before you slip into clothes or between sheets.
We Love Oils Even More than Creams
It’s common for French women to use oils on the face. Dewy skin is always youthful and there’s nothing quite like an oil or a serum to produce that shiny, glowy skin. Right now we’re into using a wet washcloth soaked in extra virgin coconut oil. Massage your face with a washcloth in a circular motion. You’ll love how it gets rid of the dead skin while moisturizing at the same time.
We’re a huge fan of body oils and have a sweet spot for coconut and almond oils, but extra virgin olive oil is also excellent.
For non-fans of Rachael Ray and her cooking shows, “E-V-O-O” means extra virgin olive oil, which, it turns out, is AMAZING for super dry, dehydrated skin or skin suffering the effects of anti-aging product overuse. In Harper’s Bazaar, LA cosmetic dermatologist Jessica Wu suggests slathering on a thin layer at night.
If you use Retin-A religiously, your previously oily skin may turn dry. Your skin will never look better but there won’t be an ounce of oil left in it. You might combat this with very expensive moisturizers (like Yonka’s Pamplemousse), but try EVOO. The catch is to use a non-flavored oil. Your face will feel pretty oily at first, but wipe off the excess with super-soft Puff’s and the result is perfectly oiled skin. Your sunscreen will glide over it perfectly. So EVOO gets two big thumbs up from us.
The Best Moisturizers
You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a great moisturizer. Even the best dermatologists recommend basic moisturizers you can find in the average drugstore.
The skin on my legs can drive me crazy with itchiness all year round. I find I prefer oils to lotions for the body and there are many amazing organic options when it comes to oils.
Renowned makeup artist Pati Lubroff got me hooked on organic extra virgin coconut oil, which you can buy in health food stores or online. Simply massage the coconut oil all over the body after your shower and towel off the excess. Some women like to use the oil in the shower rinsing the excess oil off (it will get on your clothes and sheets). The oil soaks into skin, trapping moisture but the water washes away the excess leaving skin dewy and baby soft.
You can use baby oils or sesame oil on your skin, too, but coconut seems to work the best for me. Trust me, oils will get rid of dry, itchy skin and the oil isn’t sticky like lotion tends to be.
Prefer lotion? Consider 100 percent shea butter, another great organic option. You can buy shea butter.
More Facial Moisturizer Tips
You’ll know you’re skin is dehydrated if it feels taut and tight. Try a moisturizing mask every week.
How to Keep Hands Soft
Antibacterial soap in public places can be harsh on hands, so keep hand salve in your purse (our hands-down favorite is Kiehl’s). To keep cuticles soft, massage in olive oil.