5 Surprising Ways to Use Moisturizer On Your Skin

5 Surprising Ways to Use Moisturizer On Your Skin

Moisturizer is a great product on its own — it can help restore, hydrate and brighten the appearance of your skin. You should never skip applying moisturizer as it’s an essential part of keeping your skin healthy-looking and hydrated. Forgetting to moisturize can result in dry skin, flakiness, tightness and an overall imbalance of your skin’s natural functions. Whether your skin is normal, dry, oily, combination or sensitive, you need moisturizer in your life. And sometimes that moisturizer can even provide alternate functionality. Read our five tips on how you can utilize moisturizer in surprising ways.

1. Moisturizer Before Make Up

Moisturizer can help create a great base for make up which can make your foundation, blush, bronzer and eye shadows last longer and have a unique finish. If you’re going for a dewy, glowing look, try an illuminating moisturizer before you apply concealer or foundation to give your skin a naturally scintillating photo-ready look. If you have oily skin and want to mattify your skin before you apply concealer or make up, opt for an oil-regulating BB cream such as Garnier SkinActive’s 5-in-1 Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Oil-Free. It has an oil-free formula specifically designed for oily skin and helps control shine, minimize the appearance of pores, even skin tone and hydrate. Use it as a base before applying foundation to make sure your skin is shine-free.

2. Moisturizer Before Oil

If your skin needs an extra boost of hydration or a little TLC after being exposed to harsh winter weather, the sun or after exfoliation, double up your moisturizing efforts. Use a hydrating, skin-quenching moisturizer such as Garnier SkinActive’s Moisture Rescue Actively Hydrating Daily Lotion SPF15 which actively defends your skin against moisture loss. Its moisturizing, non-comedogenic formula is infused with glycerin and helps keep skin actively hydrated throughout the day and helps strengthen skin's barrier. Supercharge your hydration efforts by applying a face oil on top of your moisturizer. Almond oil, argan oil and rose oil are good options to nourish your skin when it is particularly parched.

3. Moisturizer Before SPF

When you use physical sunscreens containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide you’re protecting your skin from the sun — when exposed to the sun the rays will bounce off your skin as if you are wearing a shield. However you may not be getting skin-beautifying effects of moisturizer by just applying sunscreens so we recommend to apply a hydrating moisturizer first to take your skin through the day. Garnier SkinActive’s Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream is a lightweight, non-comedogenic formula that locks in moisture. Your skin will feel hydrated and balanced and have the perfect base for SPF.

If you find applying two products too time-consuming and inconvenient, you can also merge your moisturizer and SPF in one. Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Moisturizer Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 is fast absorbing, non-greasy and turns dull, rough skin into smooth, polished-looking skin with a more radiant, even tone. It does all of this while protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

4. Moisturizer Before Nail Polish

Giving yourself a home manicure? Make sure to moisturize your cuticles before you start painting your talons. This will come in handy if the brush slips or you apply too much polish. Look for a thick, emollient hand moisturizer formulated with shea butter or almond oil so that you can fix any nail mishaps easily.

5. Moisturizer Before Hair Spray

Need to smooth the hair around your face in a pinch? Moisturize your face then apply any excess product to your hair to smooth down flyaways and to create a smooth hairline. Hold everything with a little hair spray and voila you have the perfect foundation for hairstyles like a ponytail, a bun or a braid. What’s good for your skin is also okay for your hair in times when quickness is of the essence.