Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Moisturizer and Oily Skin? Yes you need it.

Having oily skin has its advantage- aging is somewhat delayed compared to people with dry skin type. I guess this is a better way of accepting the fact that while I abhor adult acne, I will embrace this flaw- greasiness, that is, yay!

We have heard of moisturizer's benefits, and that it should be part of one's skincare ritual: CTM (Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize). But if you have oily skin like me, would you rather skip the latter?

Debunking the myth. Contrary to popular belief, moisturizers are never about oil but water hydration. Imagine a plant that needs constant watering for it not to dry. Moisturizers hold water on the topmost layer of the skin. They work by slowing down evaporation of skin's moisture which then improves skin's appearance. 

People with oily skin tend to wash their face more frequent thinking that it solves the perennial problem of greasiness. While cleansers remove dirt and grime, it makes your skin dry. By using moisturizers, your skin retains the water and creates an impression of smooth skin.

Not all moisturizers are the same. Use a moisturizer that is specifically formulated for oily skin. That being said, read the label and choose products that are oil-free, non-comedogenic, and water-based.

L-R: The Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer SPF 30,
The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream

I like to try and use products that target my needs. The Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer SPF30 is a sunscreen and moisturizer in one. I use this when going out, after I tone my face and just before I apply makeup. It offers protection from UVA/UVB rays. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which helps maintain healthy- looking skin. The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream is a moisturizer and mattifier in one. It helps reduce shine. I use it when I am staying indoors. 

The long and short of it- Yes, add moisturizer in your routine even if you have oily skin.

Disclaimer: Although I have worked for a dermatology company, my opinion, training and personal experience should not replace your doctor's recommendation. Remember that my skin type is different than yours. The above products were shown for representation only, they don't fall under "product review" category. I purchased these items.

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  2. I have oily skin, too. What I use is a tinted moisturizer. It's from a mineral skin care company. The moisturizer is lightweight and natural. I add layers to it so it will become a foundation.

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