Moisturizer is one of those skin-care basics that few of us rarely stop to think about. In fact, we typically tend to find one we like and stick to it for years (sometimes even decades). But our skin is constantly changing with the seasons and with age, so that trusty bottle of lotion you’ve been buying since college may no longer be right for you. Here are some signs that it’s time for a change.
It Stings When You Put It On
You might not think much of it, but if you feel any stinging or burning when you apply your lotion, it’s a sign that something in it isn't compatible with the pH of your skin. Try doing a patch test on the back of your hand before applying it all over your face.
You’re Getting Little Bumps
Are you noticing tiny clusters of pimples on your skin? Your moisturizer might be to blame. Look for something that’s “non-comedogenic” (meaning it won’t clog your pores). These aren’t your typical pimples, so fight the urge to pop anything yourself, as it can lead to infection and scarring.
You’re Breaking Out
Another telltale sign that your moisturizer is doing more harm than good is if you’re suddenly breaking out more than usual. (This time we’re talking real pimples.) The key here is to switch to a non-comedogenic and oil-free formula (we like Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream).
Your Skin Still Looks Dry
If you moisturize daily and still have annoying dry patches—or your skin always looks dull—your daily dollop isn’t properly doing its job. Look for something with hyaluronic acid or glycerin. Both ingredients pull moisture from the air into your skin for longer-lasting hydration.
Your Makeup Is Pilling
On the flip side, if you find that your foundation is constantly pilling, your moisturizer could be too heavy. Try switching from a cream to a lighter formula like a gel or serum, which hydrates but absorbs better.