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Here’s Why You Should Be Moisturizing Before You Get Out of the Shower

Woman moisturizing her skin after getting out of the shower.
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Dry skin is uncomfortable and can get even worse in the winter. If you’re not using your lotion the right way, you might be wasting your lotion. The key is to lock in moisture.

How Moisturizer Works

Most of us put on our moisturizer before we get dressed, or even after we get dressed. Maybe you carry some lotion around with you for when your hands or elbows get dry. There’s nothing wrong with touching up your lotion when needed, or even putting lotion on before makeup—but the best time to get the most out of your moisturizer is the moment you finish showering.

One of the few biggest skincare mistakes we make when moisturizing is putting lotions and oils on dry skin. To get the most benefits out of your moisturizing routine, always put lotions and oils on damp skin. Even when you’re moisturizing your face, get your skin damp first. Body butters are rich and oily, but they also do much better work keeping your skin moisturized and healthy if you put them on post-shower. I keep my body butter in the shower!

When to Put on Moisturizer

The best times to moisturize are after your bath or shower, after washing your face, and after washing your hands. Don’t dry off completely; leave some moisture behind so the lotions can do their job, helping your skin absorb more healthy liquid. Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing. As the lotion is absorbed into your skin, it’s also pulling in that excess water you left behind.

If you’re experiencing excess skin dryness in the winter, and you find you need to reapply lotion throughout the day, use a paper towel or a washcloth wet with warm water to hydrate your skin a little before applying your lotion.

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