6 Skin Problems Caused by Using the Wrong Moisturizer
Have you ever finished applying your daily moisturizer, only to find that your face feels sticky or heavy afterward? Instead of feeling silky, smooth, and cloud-like, your skin is greasy — or worse yet, the moisturizer causes skin issues you never had before.
Your skincare routine should be an enjoyable, luxurious, and healthy activity that you look forward to, not something that causes problems! And although your skin can retain some moisture on its own, a daily moisturizer keeps your skin hydrated and radiant thanks to beneficial nutrients that minimize signs of aging and promote a healthy skin microbiome. Finding the right moisturizer can be tricky, but with a few simple steps, you can find one that works for you!
Troubleshooting your current moisturizer will help you figure out what kind of moisturizer your skin needs. It is possible that you are using the wrong moisturizer for your skin type after scouring the shelves for the perfect sensitive skin moisturizer or mature skin moisturizer. Maybe you thought the moisturizer with the thickest texture was the best — when in reality, there are three types of ingredients that work together to increase hydration.
- Humectants attract (and hold) water to the skin from the environment
- Emollients form a lubricating layer that softens skin and minimizes water loss
- Occlusives sit on top of the skin as a protective barrier
The perfect ratio of these ingredients will vary depending on your skin type — and your skin might exhibit issues if you are not using a properly balanced moisturizer. Here are six problems the wrong moisturizer might cause.
Dry patches or flakes
Dryness appears in many forms on the skin. It can appear with cracks, flakes, dark patches, and peeling spots. If you experience dryness after moisturizing your skin, it might be time for a new moisturizer. Gently exfoliating skin can help improve dryness; however, your skin still needs to lock in moisture and restore its natural barrier.
Bumps or milia
Small white bumps on your skin are called milia. This is a common skin condition in newborns, and it usually goes away with age. However, adolescents and adults can also get milia. Milia usually appears in groups around the nose, cheeks, and chin. Although it can be tempting to scratch or squeeze milia, this can make the problem worse. Milia occurs when keratin — a protein found in hair, skin, and nails — gets trapped under the surface of your skin. If you develop milia, you are probably using a moisturizer that is too heavy or thick.
If your skin is red, sensitive, and itchy, the most common culprit is a sensitivity to an ingredient in your moisturizer. Most of the time, this occurs because of fragrance in your moisturizer. A good facial moisturizer should not smell like heavily scented perfume. If your skin is sensitive and prone to redness, look for a moisturizer with naturally soothing ingredients, such as aloe and vegetable glycerin.
Let’s be real: only the sun can cause sun damage and sun spots. But a healthy and nourishing moisturizer will help brighten and tone skin after sun exposure. Besides wearing sunscreen for skin protection, a moisturizer that contains antioxidants helps minimize the after effects of sun exposure.
Acne or breakouts
Have you ever used a new skincare product, only for it to cause acne or breakouts soon after? This is usually a sign the product does not mesh with your skin. Moisturizers cause acne when they are made with ingredients that clog pores — or comedogenic ingredients. Look for a moisturizer that states “non-comedogenic” on the label. And discontinue using a moisturizer that causes acne right away!
Oily or greasy skin
Have you ever applied moisturizer only to find yourself looking extra shiny or even wet? The culprit could be the ingredients in your moisturizer. Lightweight botanical ingredients, such as avocado oil and squalane, work with your skin to naturally support sebum production, not overproduction. Heavy ingredients, such as mineral oil and petroleum, may clog pores and increase oil production.
Teami Superfood Moisturizer
With the most common skin issues in mind, we developed the Teami Superfood Moisturizer — a lightweight daily cream that leaves skin feeling hydrated, but never greasy, sticky or oily!
Our moisturizer is formulated with antioxidant superfood ingredients bursting with phytonutrients to support moisturized, nourished and balanced skin all day long. Plus, it instantly absorbs without leaving a tacky or shiny layer on your skin!
This cruelty-free moisturizer is suitable for all skin types — sensitive, oily, combination, mature, acne-prone, and more! Five key superfood ingredients promote healthy, hydrated, and radiant skin:
- Matcha Green Tea: Soothing, skin-boosting antioxidant support
- Olive-Derived Squalane: Minimizes signs of aging and helps balance oil production while controlling shine and maintaining hydration
- Avocado Oil: Contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that absorb quickly and easily while hydrating skin
- Hemp Seed Oil: A lightweight, moisturizing oil that does not clog pores and balances oil production naturally
- Sodium PCA (derived from fruits and coconut oil): Delivers advanced hydration and helps improve the appearance of dehydrated, mature skin.
Teami Superfood Moisturizer is formulated without harmful ingredients, including silicones, alcohol, parabens, synthetic dyes, and artificial fragrances. Instead, it contains natural ingredients that gently hydrate skin, such as aloe and vegetable glycerin. Formulated for all skin types, you will never have to worry about exacerbating personal skin issues. Instead, your skin will feel healthy, hydrated, and radiant all day long!
This new addition to your skincare routine is a game-changer — and we want to hear about it! Drop us a comment below or tag us on Instagram and let us know how much you love this moisturizer!
Adi Arezzini | @adiarezzini
Co-Founder + CEO, Teami Blends
Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach
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