I have oily skin… So I don’t need to moisturize!
Ugh! I remember when I saw these exact words come across my screen one day during a Google Hangouts session with one of my girlfriends. We were talking about an issue she was having with her skin and I mentioned that she may want to start using a different moisturizer. She responded by telling me that she didn’t need to use a moisturizer because her skin was oily… *record scratch*
That my friend… couldn’t be further from the truth! Let me tell you why:
The purpose of moisturizing is to hydrate your skin. Just because your skin is oily, doesn’t actually mean that your skin is hydrated.
Moisturizer also plays a big role in changing the tone and texture of your skin and masking imperfections.
There are a few things you should keep in mind when moisturizing oily skin:
When your skin is oily, its extremely important to exfoliate regularly. Naturally, our skin sloughs off the outer layer of dead skin every 30 to 45 days. But, by adding exfoliation to your skin care regimen at least once a week you are helping Mother Nature out. Failing to exfoliate can cause your skin to be excessively oily and cause acne flare ups. I can always tell when I haven’t exfoliated in a few days. My nose becomes super oily and if I squeeze it, you can see the oil come up through my pore… SO GROSS!!!! So please, make sure you’re exfoliating. You can buy scrub to exfoliate your skin, or you can make one at home here’s a simple recipe.
Develop a Regimen
Come up with a routine that caters to your oily skin. When I first started my journey to clear skin, I went to Nordstrom and consulted with a skin care specialist. She analyzed my skin and gave me a set of products that worked best for my oily skin. Although the products I use have changed, I still have the same regimen she helped me develop: cleanse, tone, moisturize and use an exfoliant weekly.
Change With the Seasons
Our skin care regimen has to change with the seasons. What works for your skin during the winter may not work for you during the summer. Personally, during the winter my skin is extremely dry so I mix my moisturizer with the Melan-In Skin Nourishing Serum from The Butter Bar Skin Care. When its warmer out, my skin isn’t as dry so I just use my normal moisturizer but I add a sebum control powder because my skin is more oily during the warmer months.
Use Oil Free Products
Lightweight oil free moisturizers are the best for oily skin. Look for moisturizers that are non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores). Using heavy creams and certain oils just won’t work for oily skin and will cause acne and blackhead breakouts. A few months ago I kept seeing YouTubers talk about the Tarte Maracuja Oil, so I just had to have it. About a week after using it, I realized that it was causing me to develop severe blackheads on my cheeks and chin because it was clogging my pores. A good non oily moisturizer is the Michael Todd Moisture Lite Lotion.
Avoid Harsh Products
When you have oily skin, sometimes you may want to scrub your face constantly with harsh products to get rid of the excess oil and dirt… don’t do that! Harsh products can cause you to lose moisture, inflame the skin and lead to acne flare ups. You also don’t want to over exfoliate your skin, which can be a painful mistake.
So, having oily skin doesn’t mean that you don’t have to moisturize. It just means that you have to do a little something extra to your skin so that moisturizing benefits your skin even more.
What are some of your favorite products for your oily skin? I’d love to know what you guys are using.
Until next time…