Putting Moisturizing Skincare to the Test (Literally)

Photo of Woman With Lotion on Hand

Have you even wondered how much skin care truly helps your skin stay moisturized? When I ordered my handy little skin moisture meter off of Amazon, I was excited to poke myself in the name of science and data that would put a lot of people to sleep. The data of the water and oil levels in my skin and how skincare helps that.

Keep in mind the information I gathered will not be the same for everyone. No one has the same skin composition, no one has the exact same combination of cells in their body, and therefore no one will react the same way.

XJ-AM Precision Skin Analyzer Digital LCD Display Facial Body Skin Moisture Oil Tester Meter Analysis Face Care Tool

My meter measures the percentage of water and oil in my skin. I took readings from my nose, forehead, cheek, chin and wrist. I measured on the right side of my face, roughly every hour (sometimes with drive time it wasn’t possible to do every hour) for an entire day (minus sleep time). I also measured a little more frequently after each major skin treatment (post sheet mask and modeling mask)

The surprising standout piece of data was that my least oily point of my day was when I woke up in the morning. Before I got into Asian Beauty, I woke up with a shiny oil slick on my face. I have apparently addressed that issue and I now wake up with skin closer to “chok chok”. An obvious oil-less part of my day was just after I put on my makeup. Not surprising since I use a setting powder in my makeup routine and I recently washed my face.

The oiliest part of my day was again, surprisingly after I rubbed in my sheet mask in the evening. My chin was the oiliest after my modeling mask, which was my last step for the evening. I would have guessed that the oiliest part of my day would have been when I woke up or after a hot car ride on a 100+ degree day. With no air conditioning.

One of the biggest surprises for me was when I measured percentage of water on my nose to be the lowest right after my morning routine. I would’ve thought that right after I moisturize I would have been quite plump with water. However, this maybe a fluke and I might not have put a thick enough layer of moisturizer on my nose. I am not known for being the most alert in the morning.

The lowest moisture levels came for most parts of my face after I put my makeup on morning, again probably due to my setting powder. My chin was the most dehydrated after my hot car ride home at the end of the day. It was definitely hot the day I did my testing. Right in line with when my skin was the oiliest, my skin had the highest concentration of water right after I did a sheet mask. With the exception of my chin, which seems to have most of the outlying data. My chin had the highest concentration of water after my modeling mask, which again was the final step of my night.


I discovered that the sheet mask is a major hydrating point in my day, that I may not be moisturizing my nose well enough, and that my chin seems to have a mind of its own when it comes to moisture and oil. I’m excited to repeat this experiment again after the weather changes. I’m curious to know what everyone else that has a moisture meter has discovered about their skin. Let me know if you have any insights or ideas for my future data collecting!