I used to apply my body lotion just before bed time butÂ since learning thatÂ moisturizer should be applied to damp skin in my earlier entry onÂ tips to optimize your facial moisturizer, I’ve changed my routine and have been applying it straight after my bath.Â Does it matter?
It does, according to an article from my favorite online skin care resource Smart Skincare.com, whichÂ indicated that “half of your skin care success is in how you apply the products.”
According to the article, skin is a dynamic system whose condition and properties depend on temperature, hydration, environment and other factors. Therefore, the skin’s ability to absorb topically chemicals can vary greatly.Â We should therefore be aware ofÂ how toÂ ensure optimal penetration of active ingredients and these include:
1. Cleanse your skin before applying skin care products
Hence, the best time to apply skin care products is after you are fresh out of a warm shower or bath because not only is your skin clean but it is also thoroughly moist and should better absorb whatever you apply to it.
2.Â Apply most products when the skin is moist
This is because ingredients can penetrate better when they are dissolved. Once your cream has dried up, its rate of penetration decreases dramatically.Â Â However, when it comes to our face, you might want to know that Dr Dennis Gross of â€œYour Future Faceâ€ suggestedÂ that prescription topicals should be applied toÂ clean andÂ dry skin to enhance their penetration as well as decrease any chances of irritation.
3. Warm skin absorbs ingredients better
Before applying a product, make sure your skin isn’t cold. Apply a warm towel if needed.Â This sounds good but realistically, I won’t make the additional effort.
4.Â Gentle exfoliation enhance penetration
Exfoliation can enhance the absorption of skin care ingredients because if the uppermost layer of the skin, called stratum corneum whichÂ is composed mostly of dry, dead cells becomes too thick,Â active ingredients of a skin care product have trouble penetrating deeply enough to have an effect.Â
You can read more from the article at Smart Skincare.com.Â Actually, the information apply to our facial skin care routine but I like to think that this applies to the skin on our body as well.
So do you apply body lotion or body cream? If so, when do you apply them?