We know different skin types require different levels of care, but women with oily skin are often mislead to believe their one goal should be to zap all signs of moisture from their skin–the drier, the better, right? Wrong. There’s a big difference between excess oil and hydration and one of the biggest mistakes those of us with oily skin make is failing to remove dirt and impurities with moisturizing cleansers and thinking we need to skimp when it comes to moisturizers.
In other words: stop denying your oily skin of nourishing oils!
“One of the biggest mistakes women with oily skin often make is avoiding oil-based cleansers,” says Ann Marie Manzoeillo, creator and owner of Amerin skincare products. “Cleansing is the first step you take in a skincare regimen and will be the product that sets your skin up for the rest of the day. You want a cleanser that really keeps your oily skin balanced. Often times women with oily skin choose a water-based cleanser to get their skin feeling clean. The issue is that water and oil don’t mix.”
Ever wonder why, even if you have the oiliest skin imaginable, certain cleansers always leave your face feeling tight and stretched? Blame water-based cleansers, which Manzoeillo says rely on detergents and sulfates to remove oiliness. The problem, she says, is that when your skin is stripped of too much oil your body combats this with an overproduction of oils, leaving your oily skin feeling just as oily.
“I recommend using an oil cleanser, as they are based on the chemistry principle of like dissolves like,” Manzoeillo says. “Fight fire with fire using a cleansing oil that contains antibacterial oils like castor oil and grapeseed oil. These oils work to dissolve impure oils in the pores without using harsh detergents, and will leave your skin feeling balanced and clean.”
Another common misconception: that women with oily skin should skip moisturizer altogether because they simply don’t need it.
“All skin needs moisturizer and everyone over 18 should start using eye cream as a preventative measure,” says Jennifer Trotter of Lip Service Makeup, pro makeup artist and beauty expert. “If you feel moisturizer adds too much stickiness during the day, then at minimum apply moisturizer and eye cream at night–this is when it has a chance to soak in and really absorb.”
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