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Video:How to Moisturize Your Body

with Michelle Davidson

To moisturize your body it's important to know how to prep your skin and what products to apply. Check out these tips on when, where and how to properly moisturize your body.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Moisturize Your Body

Hi, I'm Michelle Davidson for About.com with tips from the About.com Beauty site and today we're going to be talking about how to moisturize the body.

Look For Certain Ingredients That Aid Moisturizing

Moisturizing is an essential part of a skin care regimen, and should be done regularly using high quality products. An effective moisturizer will have a combination of ingredients that replenish the skin helping maintain its structure, cut down on damage from free-radicals, and help the cells function more normally. Ingredients to look out for are Glycerol, Ceramides, Hydroxy Acids, and Niacinamide.

Shower Before Applying Moisturizers

It is important to prepare skin for the moisturizer. Skin should be freshly cleansed and regularly exfoliated. When washing, remember that prolonged exposure to hot water is very bad for the skin as it strips away the oils necessary for soft smooth finish. Showers and baths should be kept short, and the face should be washed in lukewarm water. Soap is very drying for our skin and should be used only sparingly opting for a gentle soap that is fragrance free. Better yet use a moisturizing cleanser instead. When getting out of the shower a person’s skin should not feel dry and tight- that means the oils have been stripped away by the soap and water.

Different Parts of the Body Have Different Moisturizing Needs.

Our hands and feet need the most intensive moisturizing treatment. To keep hands moisturized keep a moisturizing lotion by the sink next to your soap and use it every time you wash your hands. You may also carry one in your purse or pocket so you have it available on the go. Your feet may also need extra care. One idea is to put on a thick greasy lotion on the feet at night then wearing a pair of cotton socks to bed.

Lips are another area of concern. Do not ever lick your lips, this strips them of moisture and makes them drier. It is good to wear a lip balm daily or try the ever popular Vaseline which also gives lips a glossy look. It is good to exfoliate the lips using a product from your cosmetic department or you can make one yourself using 1 part sugar to 1 part honey, you then rub it on the lips allowing it to slough off dry skin cells. When you are finished simply wipe or rinse it off then put on a good lip balm.

Your face needs special care, and it is very important that you use the right products to do this. Find out what skin type you have and buy products accordingly. It is important to exfoliate your face at least once a week. You need to make sure that you use a gentle exfoliant specially formulated for your skin type. You should also cleanse your face every night before bed being careful not to use any harsh soap. Put on enough to completely cover the face in a thin layer of moisturizer. In the morning it is advisable to moisturize again before putting on makeup. Do not forget to include your neck as it is exposed to the sun and other elements and can show signs of early aging if not cared for properly.

The Best Time to Moisturize is Right After Showering

The rest of your body should be exfoliated 1 to 3 times a week, but it is important not to scrub your skin on a daily basis as this strips away the oils. You should pay close attention to your elbows and knees. The best time to moisturize your body is just as you are coming out of the shower. Pat yourself down lightly with a towel, but do not completely dry off. It is best if your moisturizer can trap in some of the moisture remaining from the shower. Use a good quality moisturizer and make sure you use enough to cover the entire surface area of your skin. You do not need to spend a lot of money here. In fact one of the most effective products is baby oil something you can find inexpensively in almost any grocery store.

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