It is a common misconception that people with oily skin do not need a facial moisturizer. The truth is, properly hydrated skin can actually help combat some of the oiliness.
When you use products for oily skin that can be drying, such as face wash and astringents, this can actually lead to an increase in oil production. An increase in oil production is potentially problematic in more ways than one.
Besides bringing on the shine, over-stimulated oil glands can lead to breakouts. If there is an excess of oil on your face, it can clog pores, trapping bacteria which can cause acne, as well as blackheads and whiteheads. A very oily complexion can also make pores appear larger.
If you have oily skin that is also flakey at the same time, it may seem like a contradiction, but that is a good sign that your skin is actually in need of moisturizing, and desperately struggling to hydrate itself with an over-production of oil.
The best way to combat this process is to moisturize the face with a light, oil-free, non-comedogenic facial moisturizer. It is very important to look for a very light moisturizer so that it does not feel too heavy and rich on your face. A perfect solution is a gel moisturizer. It feels cool going on, is very light, non-greasy, absorbs quickly, and leaves skin feeling smooth and hydrated.
Used regularly morning and evening after cleansing the face and applying any astringents, the skin will start to cut back on its oil production. This is because there is no longer a need to combat the drying properties of the other steps of your facial care. Your face will feel hydrated, not oily, and you may even notice a reduction in breakouts.
An excellent, but very affordable gel facial moisturizer, is Garnier’s Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream, $5.49, at Target. This extremely light and subtly, yet pleasantly, scented gel moisturizer is perfect for oily skin. It is dermatologist tested, 100% oil-free, non-comedogenic, allergy tested, and non-greasy. With grape water extract and soothing vitamin E, a little goes a long way in instantly penetrating deeply into skin’s upper layers so that skin looks and feels hydrated and smooth. Also excellent when used under makeup for a flake-free moisturized canvas!
So, if you are suffering the shine, suffer no longer! Try a light-weight gel moisturizer to give your thirsty skin a drink and it will thank you for it!