Maintaining Balance in Oily Skin
Moisturizing oily skin? YES! When our skin is deprived of moisture, even oily skin, our system produces even more oil to compensate for dry, brittle skin. Keeping a proper balance is the best approach for glowing, healthy skin.
Learn how to maintain balance in your oily skin using the following tips from our panel of expert contributors:
Oil = Healthy Skin (Even for Oily Skin)
One of the biggest misconceptions is if you are oily and you moisturize, it will make you more oily and prone to breakouts and clogged pores. When using the wrong moisturizer, yes! The truth is, especially oily skin needs to be moisturized. The texture of choice would be a light weight, gel like, oil free, non comedogenic moisturizer.
Texture is so very personal when it comes to your skin, especially if you have oily skin. The hype is to dry it up, scrape it, and burn it to stop the production of oil. Most people get so aggressive with their skin care regimen that it can create a dull, dehydrated unhealthy environment. In turn, this makes for the oil glands to work in over drive creating even more oil. Really, a balance of oil and a little extra TLC will make the skin healthier. Oil is good! Oil = healthy skin!
As we age, the production of collagen breaks down (unfortunately) and the time it takes for our cells to turnover is a longer and slower process. Older, mature skin to young virgin skin, still needs to moisturized properly to lock in and seal your own moisture. Knowing your skin type and paying attention to the texture, if any on your face will help a lot when shopping for a moisturizer. If you are unsure there are skin care professionals who can educate you on your skin.
You know that saying, less is more. Stick with that approach. As long as you cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize on a daily basis your skin will become more hydrated and definitely much healthier.
Maintaining Proper ph With Oily Skin
If you have oily skin issues avoid using products with ingredients that encourage drying or clogging of the skin such as: alcohol, ingredients with sodium, Octyl Stearate, petroluem or waxes. Do use a light moisturizer daily to lessen the skin’s desire to produce too much oil. Use a clay mask weekly to help balance skin’s texture and use products that use ingredients to help maintain the skin’s proper ph.
Nancy Metzger, CEO, Brittanie’s Thyme
A Vibrant, Fresh Appearance for Oily Skin
Moisturizing skin is essential for all ages and skin types. For oily skin, in particular, one should use a water based moisturizer to prevent dead skin build up and breakouts. For women in their mid to late 30′s and beyond, using a moisturizer that contains retinol also helps cell turnover, which in turn gives the skin a bright, vibrant, and fresh appearance.
Dhandeaka Harris-Kearse, D Attallah Makeup Artistry