It seems that if you have oily skin, you wouldn’t want to apply anything on it that could make it look shinier, right? If you think twice about piling on the hydrators, here’s why moisturizing oily skin actually makes your skin less oily.
How? First, let’s break it down.
What is sebum?
Sebum is produced by tiny sebaceous glands that lay beneath the surface
our skin and is a mixture of fatty acids, waxes and sugars along
with cellular debris (such as sweat and dead skin cells) and environmental
matter that mix in from our surroundings. Sebum is important because it forms a
protective barrier against water loss and helps the skin maintain its
Excess production of sebum
can lead to oily skin, various forms of clogged pores and acne. To prevent
breakouts, it’s important to keep the oil under control. This is where
moisturizing comes in. Our bodies strive to maintain homeostasis – a level of
equilibrium within our system. If we take something away, our body will aim to
balance that loss.
During the day, external pollutants such as daily grime and the sun’s UV rays
can punctuate the skin’s moisture barrier, causing a decrease in moisture and
an increase in oil production. At night, cleanser, toner and other
skincare products can strip the skin of its natural oils which lead to dryness,
redness and again, an increase in oil. At both times of the day, moisturizing
up infuses natural hydration back into the skin, preventing it from producing
extra sebum to make up for the moisture it lost. Skipping the moisturizer
causes skin to dry out and then overcompensate with sebum. When effectively
used as a non-negotiable component of your routine, moisturizing actually keeps
oily skin at bay.
How do moisturizers work?
The greatest ingredient in moisturizers is actually water. Moisturizer simply improves the skin’s hydration by adding and locking water in it – the number one balancing agent for healthy skin.
When moisturizing oily skin, look for a product that balances between hydrating your skin and absorbing its surface oil. You’ll need a formula that’s lightweight, oil-free and non-comedogenic (anti-pore-clogging) which limit the build-up of oils on the skin’s surface. Look out for ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, aloe all of which won’t trap oil into the pores, while stay clear of petroleum jelly, lanolin, alcohol, mineral oil and cocoa butter. Once you find the right moisturizer for your skin, you’ll find that shine turn into a glow.
References for this information:
“Does Oily Skin Needs A Moisturizer? Yes. It’s All About Hydration”. Verywell Health, 2019, https://www.verywellhealth.com/do-i-need-a-moisturizer-if-i-have-oily-skin-15595.
Tzikas Suarez, Mari. “Game Changer: Why Oily Skin Really Does Need A Moisturizer | The Wink On Clinique”. Clinique, 2019, https://www.clinique.com/thewink/game-changer/why-oily-skin-really-does-need-a-moisturizer.
“How To Control Oily Skin”. Aad.Org, 2019, https://www.aad.org/skin-care-basics/oily-skin.
deBara, Deanna. “Hydrator Vs. Moisturizer: Does It Matter For Your Skin?”. Healthline, 2019, https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/hydration-moisture#how-to-choose-the-best-type.
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