Is your skin OD'ing on moisturizer? Find out here

Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you have to kill your skin with oils and creams.

Meghna Kriplani Meghna Kriplani Dec 22, 2016
Too much of a good thing is bad, and that includes your moisturizer. Photo: Shutterstock/IndiaPicture

Baby, it's cold outside--which means most of you are slathering on loads and loads of cold cream.

During winter months, your skin needs a little extra TLC, courtesy harsh winds and the chill in the air. So if you've been busy keeping your skin hydrated, you get a pat on the back from us.

No matter the season, you need to moisturize your skin. "When you moisturize, you create a barrier between your skin and the environment," says Dr Kiran Lohia, dermatologist of Lumiere Dermatology, New Delhi. In short, you're protecting your skin from pollution, and thus damage.

However, too much of anything is bad--and yes, that includes your trusty moisturizer. "The key to glowing, supple skin is moisturizing appropriately," says Lohia.

Here, she shares the tell-tale of signs to help you identify whether your skin is over-moisturized. Read on:

1. Your Skin is Greasier Than Usual

Moisturizers tend to leave a shine on the skin. But there's a difference between sheen and overproduction of sebum. If you feel your skin is turning into an oil factory, and is stickier and greasier than usual--then you're overdoing it.

2. Your Skin is Not Smooth
When you go overboard with moisturizer, your pores get obstructed. As a result small bumps take over your once smooth-as-baby's-bottom skin.

3. You're Getting Acne
This one is a no-brainer to be honest. But if all of a sudden you find yourself breaking out into zits--and you don't even have an acne-prone skin--you should take that as a sign to easy on the moisturizer.

Now, just because you're skin oozing oil and paying for an overdose of lotions and potions, doesn't mean you ignore your moisturizer altogether. "Switch to a serum which contains hyaluronic acid for optimum hydration," suggests Lohia.

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