Product Problems?

If your moisturizer doesn't appear to be improving your skin problems, it may be time to visit a dermatologist. He or she can give you guidance regarding the best products to buy for your skin type and work with you to develop a realistic skin care plan [source: Mayo Clinic].

When to Moisturize Your Body

Now that you know that moisturizing is essential to healthy looking skin, you may be wondering exactly when you should slather on your favorite product. Dermatologists say that the best time to apply a moisturizer is right after leaving the shower or bath. When applied immediately after bathing, the product is able to trap some of the water still on your body and use it to hydrate your skin [source: Mayo Clinic]. Before applying moisturizer, be sure to pat your skin with a towel until it's almost dry instead of rubbing it, as toweling dry vigorously can irritate sensitive skin.

That said, bath time isn't the only time of day you can moisturize. Especially during the dry winter months, you may find that you need to apply a lotion or cream several times over the course of the day. It's best to apply as needed in these conditions. Don't forget about your hands, which may be under extra stress due to repeated washings with harsh soaps as you try to ward off germs during cold and flu season [source: Mayo Clinic].

In addition to moisturizing after bathing, you should always moisturize after exfoliating or shaving. These practices can be hard on your skin and strip away its protective barrier of natural oils. Applying a moisturizing product to your skin can help replenish that natural barrier until your body is able to regroup [source: Mann].

There is plenty to know about moisturizing your skin. In fact, all sorts of different tricks can help you get the most out of your moisturizer. Visit the next page for a variety of moisturizing tips.