Moisturizing the face with a combination of oil, water, herbs and other natural ingredients is an ideal way to nourish, soothe, lubricate and hydrate the skin. The act of massaging in the moisturizer also helps stimulate circulation, which brings a fresh blood supply to the skin, thereby ensuring a healthy complexion. The best moisturizers leave the skin feeling soft and supple but not clogged or greasy. You should tailor the application of moisturizers to your skin’s particular needs. As a rule, dry, damaged or weathered skin benefits from more frequent use of moisturizers than oily or acne-prone skin. But pay close attention to how your skin actually responds to the use of moisturizers don’t simply apply them out of habit. Remember too that dry skin can actually become drier with the overuse of moisturizers. Note that oils and creams can also be used as cleansers for removing makeup and other oil-soluble dirt from the skin while providing a gentle cleansing option for dry, irritated or sensitive skin.
Basic Moisturizer Technique. If you choose to use a moisturizer after cleansing and/or toning, be sure to apply it while your skin is still slightly moist; this will work synergistically with the formula to hydrate your skin. Apply the moisturizer with your fingertips and massage it into your face lightly but thoroughly, using small, circular strokes. Be especially gentle when applying the formula to the skin around your eyes, using light, dabbing strokes with your fingertips. Wait several minutes for the moisturizer to soak in before optionally patting off any excess with a soft natural-fi-ber cloth or cotton ball. Avoid using synthetic “cotton” balls and disposable tissues, since these can clog the pores or irritate the skin. Some of my favorite moisturizing formulas and treatments follow.