What to Do When Your Moisturizer Just Isn’t Cutting It Anymore

Everyone’s skin journey looks a little different, but I’d be willing to bet my extensive skincare collection that many of our paths began at the same corner of a Gentle Cleanser and Hydrating Moisturizer. In fact, this dynamic duo is practically the adolescent gateway into the world of skincare—so it is no wonder some of us might feel a little betrayed when one of these tried-and-true products decides to turn its back on us.

What are we talking about, you ask? Your moisturizer.

Despite its skincare staple status, moisturizer can be a little finicky when it comes to a long-term skin care routine. If you are constantly slathering on a moisturizer, but still feel like your skin is dry and flakey, have no fear! Check out these 4 tips to help boost moisture and get one step closer to skin that is more soft and supple:

Exfoliate More (or Less)

So, what does scrubbing your skin have to do with moisture? Well, skin exfoliants work by helping to polish away dull, dry skin that sits at the surface of your complexion. Think of the day’s dirt and grime as a barrier. Using a manual scrub or chemical exfoliant helps to break this barrier down, ultimately boosting softness and skincare product absorption.

Like most things in skincare… or life in general, your exfoliating skin care routine should focus on balance. Over-exfoliating can lead to even more dryness, while under-exfoliating can sometimes prevent your moisturizer from absorbing into the skin. Just make sure to stay in tune with your complexion and keep exfoliation between 1-3 times a week.

Add Moisture-Locking Ingredients

Moisturizer is great… but pairing your daily moisturizer or night cream with a hydrating serum is a skincare must. While moisturizers are typically formulated with emollients and plant-based oils, the best skincare serum products tend to feature a concentrated blend of moisture-locking hydrators, such as Hyaluronic Acid or Glycerin. Incorporating these skin-loving ingredients into a skincare routine will amp up moisture, while helping to lock in the nourishing benefits of your moisturizer.

Give It a Powdered Boost

Powered skincare has quickly grown in popularity thanks to its lengthy shelf life and sustainability. But did you know that it is also an easy way to help optimize your moisturizer? Like a serum, powdered skincare boosters are packed with key ingredients that cater to different skin concerns. Mixing your moisturizer with a booster that features nourishing properties—like Coconut and Yogurt Powder—practically gives you free reign over your hydrating skin care routine. Add as little, or as much of a boost as you choose!

Check in With the Seasons

Wouldn’t it be nice if our skin needed the same thing year-round? Unfortunately, like our wardrobe and mood, our complexion also changes with the season. If you have started to notice that your moisturizer just isn’t working like it used to, try to experiment with a different formula. Winter skin usually craves a bit more hydration, where summer skin loves a lightweight formula and Vitamin C. And if your skin still feels dry or flakey, a rich night cream is always a good idea… no matter what the season.

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