December 03, 2021 6 min read

Moisturizer is essential for maintaining a healthy and handsome complexion. You must select the right moisturizer and apply it correctly to support your skin.

Today, we will discuss everything you need to know about how to apply a moisturizer with  Mademan.

Function of Moisturizer

The function of moisturizer, and its benefits, is vast. There are several reasons why you should be using a moisturizer every single day. 

While our skin technically moisturizes itself through the production of sebum, skin conditions and external factors like the weather may affect your skin’s moisture and hydration levels, in turn requiring assistance from skincare products.

In fact, one of the essential features of moisturizer is its ability to strengthen the moisture barrier, which makes it helpful in treating, soothing, and restoring your dry, itchy skin. 

This same feature can help with treating irritated skin. If you have sensitive skin and are struggling with redness and uncomfortable dry patches, moisturizers can successfully soothe these symptoms. Or, if you have acne-prone skin, moisturizers can help you combat your breakouts by limiting the amount of flaky skin that clogs your pores. 

Additionally, moisturizers can help minimize premature signs of aging like the appearance of fine lines by hydrating, plumping, and firming your skin. 

When To Apply

Every person of every skin type should be using moisturizer on a daily basis. 

Moisturizer is important for keeping your skin hydrated and balanced. Even those with oily skin who are worried about moisturizer clogging their pores should be using this product every day.

Everybody’s skincare routine looks different. Some practices are as simple as a few steps. 

For your convenience, here is the order in which you should apply your skincare products so that you can identify when to use your moisturizer every morning and every night:

  • Cleanser 
  • Toner 
  • Exfoliator 
  • Serums 
  • Spot Treatments 
  • Moisturizer 
  • Sunscreen

Using a lighter moisturizer can help prevent your skin from feeling heavier during the daytime. At night before bed, you are welcome to use a richer moisturizer instead while your skin does most of its repairing.

Apply Moisturizer When Shaving

Another time when you should apply moisturizer is after shaving. After shaving your facial hair, you must use a moisturizer to soothe and protect your skin. If you neglect to apply moisturizer after shaving, the repercussions can include razor bumps or ingrown hairs.

The production of razor bumps stems from troubled hair growth through your hair follicles. Hair follicles are tunnel-shaped structures located on the outer layer of your skin. These follicles are located all over your body and are used for hair to grow through. 

After removing the hair grown through your hair follicles by shaving or tweezing, there is a chance that the removed hair will grow back incorrectly. Instead of growing outward, the hair may instead re-enter the skin resulting in ingrown hair. 

Ingrown hairs appear as small, red bumps that can result in inflammation, infection, hyperpigmentation, and scarring. When clustered, ingrown hairs are often referred to as razor burn. Razor burn is commonly mistaken for acne due to its similar appearance.

Suppose you have curly hair or are shaving an area of coarse hair such as the hair on your beard, armpits, or pubic area. In that case, it is all the more important that you are applying moisturizer after shaving as these features increase the chances of developing razor burn.

What Moisturizer To Use

If you want to reap the benefits of moisturizer, you must select one with the right formula for you. A general rule of thumb with skincare products is to base your choice in moisturizer on your skin type. 

The five different skin types, determined by your genetics, are normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive. After identifying your own skin type, you can select a moisturizer that suits your needs. For example, if your skin is sensitive or oily, a water-based moisturizer may be the superior option for you. 

Generally speaking, however, there are a couple of features that you are going to want in your moisturizer regardless of which skin type you have.

For example, your moisturizer of choice is recommended to work as a humectant, occlusive, and emollient.

  • Humectant: A humectant attracts moisture to your skin.
  • Occlusive: An occlusive helps to trap moisture in your skin.
  • Emollient: An emollient keeps oil and water together, making for a lighter product.

Additionally, you are going to want to select a moisturizer with quality ingredients that are safe and beneficial for your skin.

MadeMan’s The Refresher 

We recommend using MadeMan’s The Refresher, an all-in-one moisturizer found in The Re(set) Collection.

The Refresher is an extremely fast-absorbing product that penetrates your skin layers with the nutrients it needs to promote the natural repair process, fix fine lines, and boost natural collagen production.

Additional benefits of our water-based product include fighting the battles for aging, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin texture, redness, and dark spots. The Refresher is designed to offer you maximum hydration, balance natural oils, and keep your skin healthy and youthful.

A full list of The Refreshers ingredients can be found here.

Once you have selected your moisturizer, you can try conducting a sample test before applying the product over the entirety of your face to ensure that the product is the best fit for you. 

Moisturizer vs Beard Oil

Moisturizer and beard oil are two different products that are both made with the intention of moisturizing your skin. As previously discussed, there are several benefits to moisturizing your skin, such as maintaining your skin’s hydration levels and building up its strength to keep it protected against irritants.

Beard oil is specifically intended to moisturize the skin below your facial hair. You are completely welcome to rub your usual moisturizer into your beard and onto the skin that lies below, but you also have the option to use beard oil instead.

The benefits of beard oil include softening the beard and preventing flaking. Some even use the product as a styling agent. Many choose to use beard oil over their facial hair instead of a facial moisturizer because it is more easily absorbed. 

Use about three drops of your beard oil to massage throughout your beard. You should be using beard oil twice a day in the same way you apply your moisturizer in the morning and at night.

If you decide to use beard oil, it is important to remember that you will still need to apply your facial moisturizer to the rest of your skin not covered in facial hair every day. 

Hydrate From Within

Knowing the importance of moisturizing, you may be seeking out other ways to support your skin’s moisture levels. 

One of the most direct ways to do this is to hydrate from within by consuming enough water. It is generally recommended that men drink about 15.5 cups of fluids daily.

While drinking water is a surefire way to stay hydrated, you have other options. Another way to keep your skin moisturized is to eat water-rich foods. 

Here is a list of water-rich foods and their water content levels:

  • Lettuce has a water content of 96%. Another benefit of lettuce is that it can fulfill your daily needs for folate and provide you with considerable amounts of vitamin A and vitamin K.
  • Celery has a water content of 95%. Another benefit of celery is that while it is mainly made of water, it is exceptionally high in vitamin K and potassium.
  • Cucumber has a water content of 95%. Another benefit of cucumbers is that they contain nutrients, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin K.
  • Zucchini has a water content of 94%. Other benefits of zucchini are that it contains high levels of vitamin C that can support your immune system and protect against illness.
  • Tomatoes have a water content of 94%. Another benefit of tomatoes is that it is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals that can boost your immune system.
  • Watermelon has a water content of 92%. Other benefits of watermelon are that it has a low-calorie density and contains vitamin A, vitamin C, and magnesium.
  • Strawberries have a water content of 91%. The other benefits of strawberries are that they provide fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Cantaloupe has a water content of 90%. Another benefit of cantaloupe is that they contain fiber and vitamin A, boosting your immune health.

Conclusion

Using a moisturizer every day can make a massive difference in the quality of your skin. Whether this difference is negative or positive will depend on your own choices.

At MadeMan, We advise you to take the time to find the right moisturizer for you, apply it every morning and night, as well as after shaving, and further support your skin’s hydration levels by consuming enough water every day.

 

Sources:

The hair follicle as a dynamic miniorgan | PubMed

Skin type classification systems old and new | PubMed

"Drink at least eight glasses of water a day." Really? Is there scientific evidence for "8 x 8"? | PubMed

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