It might be a cliche, but moisturized skin is beautiful skin. Just think — if we didn’t have the lotions and potions that keep our skin protected and pretty, we’d be an ashy, itchy mess. Luckily, we don’t live in a lotion-free world. In fact, with so many moisturizers on the market, it’s tough to know which are essential. Here’s our head-to-toe guide to keeping your skin moisturized and glowing, starting from the top.
When you think about moisturizing, skin is the first thing that comes to mind. However, since your hair is just dead skin cells, it needs moisture of its own. Start by using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Let the conditioner soak into your hair as you shower, and then rinse. If you have the time, let your hair dry naturally, as hair dryers can strip moisture from the hair shaft. Be careful not to wash your hair too frequently. Harsh shampoo chemicals can strip the hair of its natural, lustrous oils.
Moisture is beauty, and that’s especially true when it comes to the face. It’s tough to know which type of moisturizer to pick, but the first step is to get to know your skin type. Are you dry mid-day, or do you need to reach into your purse for oil-absorbing sheets? Is your skin acne prone, or are you more worried about those emerging wrinkles? Even for dry skin, using a heavy moisturizer can leave your skin feeling greasy. Find a moisturizer that packs a punch, but also absorbs well into the skin. For oily skin, using a light, almost gel-like moisturizer will balance out your skin, potentially getting rid of acne that’s a result from over-washing with harsh chemicals.
Elbows, knees and heels
The rougher skin around the elbows, knees and heels are common problem areas. Often, they’ll become ashy with too much wear. Repair the damage with body butter. Sure, sometimes body butter can be heavy, but just focusing on these areas will make sure your entire body isn’t slick. For the rest of your skin, see the next step.
Legs, arms and torso
The rest of your body does a pretty good job of keeping itself moisturized, but adding a touch of lotion every day will ensure your skin is glowing and beautiful. Make it a morning routine to shower and replenish washed-away oils. The heaviness of your lotion of choice will vary from season to season. In spring and summer, reach for a light lotion that absorbs well. In winter and fall, thicker body creams will help repair that damage caused by dropping temperatures.