There really is a right way—and a wrong way. 

By Roxanne Adamiyatt
Maintaining the water content of the skin is crucial for healthy skin. Moisturizers slow down water loss through the superficial layers of the skin and strengthen your skin barrier, Ho says.  If you have sensitive skin, look for products with “ceramides,” one of the three types of lipids or fats in the skin. When the air is dry in the winter, people with flawless skin know to ramp up their moisturizer use on their entire bodies. Then, when the air is more humid in warmer months, they can ease up. “People with perfect skin are in touch with how dry their skin may be and how important it is to keep skin moist,” says David J. Leffell, M.D., professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine.
Craig Cutler

This article originally appeared on MIMI

Guys, we have breaking news. Apparently we've all been moisturizing our faces wrong. Think that you can just slap it on in circular motions and be on your way? We did too, but it turns out that's not how you reap the maximum benefits of whatever gorgeous treat you indulging your face in. Curious? We thought so... so check it out below.

 

 

AND here's a play by play:

1. Dispense a quarter sized amount of product into your palm.

2. Apply using your fingertips.

3. Start at your chin and use upward strokes to blend in your moisturizer.

4. Lightly tap under your eyes to circulate the blood and even out skin tone.

And there you have it—consider your lives changed!