You’ve got dry skin and you’ve got oily skin. Two different skin types with their own specific needs, right? If only it were that easy. We’re at that lovely time of year when even the oiliest of skin tends to experience some dryness. This presents quite a challenge. How do you add moisture where you need it without creating an issue for your otherwise oily skin? For a thorough understanding of how skin works, we turned to dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner and had him lay out the plan of what to do when oily skin encounters dryness.
Even those with oily skin need moisturizer.
“Many people feel that because they have oily skin, they do not need to use a moisturizer. The truth is that oil content is a totally separate issue from skin hydration,” says Dr. Zeichner. However, he also notes that your degree of oiliness should influence your choice in moisturizer.
Make that moisturizer oil-free.
Dr. Zeichner suggests you stick with an oil-free moisturizer as traditional moisturizers will be too heavy and may leave you feeling extra oily. “Oil-free moisturizers use dimethicone to hydrate the skin. Dimethicone itself can help absorb extra oil, so it can hydrate and reduce that oily feeling at the same time.” Try Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream,SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture or Boscia Oil-Free Daily Hydration.
Look for products that promise to control oil.
You can also look for mattifying products that contain anti-shine ingredients. “Some products have starches that actually absorb oil and help reflect light to minimize the appearance of shine.” Dr. Zeichner recommends L’Oréal RevitaLift Miracle Blur Oil-Free, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat and Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light.
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