Oily skin type people battle oil production and shininess every day. Often oily skin is associated with acne and blackheads as well. To reduce the shininess, people tend to overwash their skin and skip the moisturizer. ‘Oily skin types don’t need a moisturizer’ is one of the biggest myths, and we are going to target this on this article.
Do I need a moisturizer if my skin is oily?
The answer is simple: yes, you do! In fact, if you don’t use one, you may be doing your skin more damage than good.
Oily skin types have an overproduction of sebum (skin’s natural oils), and this causes a shiny or greasy look or even skin concerns such as breakouts, blackheads and clogged pores.
Our skin needs to have a balance of oil and water in order to be in a healthy condition. People fail to realize, especially those with oily skin, is that trying to strip the skin from its natural oils will make it produce even more oil.
Oily skin types tend to wash the face with harsh cleansers to achieve that ‘squeaky clean’ feeling and then don’t apply a moisturizer to avoid ‘the greasy feeling’.
This will result in lower water levels in the skin. Our skin will try to compensate for this lack of water but it only produces oily, so you will have more oil than you would typically have. And all of this turns into a vicious cycle.
How do moisturizers work?
A moisturizer is formulated with different ratios of humectants, emollients and occlusives. Occlusives seal water into your skin, humectants hold onto the water to keep it in your skin and emollients lube up the skin and make it smooth.
If you have oily skin, your moisturizer should contain less emollients, but more humectants (to bring water into the skin). Your moisturiser may also need occlusives, especially in your night cream, to seal all the water in the skin and let it repair overnight.
This ingredient combination is usually found in lightweight moisturizers with a thin creamy, or gel texture.
Not sure what moisturizer to choose? We have a recommendation for you.
Hydra-V Moisturizer by Lorde+Belle is a revolutionary moisturizer that offers multi level and long-lasting hydration. It is formulated with three types of Hyaluronic Acid that hydrates even the deepest layers of the skin, Beta Glucan a powerful humectant that locks hydration in and prevents moisture loss, Ceramide Complex that helps strengthen the damaged skin barrier to improve comfort, even for the most sensitive skin and Skin Barrier Repair Complex that helps restore health into skin barrier for less irritated skin, prevents water loss, and reduces redness.
Another recommendation for everyone who wants to achieve healthy and balanced skin is adding facial oil to your skincare regimen. People with oily skin types have always avoided oils but recent studies have shown that facial oils can balance sebum production. But you have to choose the right oils for your skin type. Otherwise it will clog the pores.
Radiant face Elixir is a lightweight, fast-absorbing facial oil formulated with plant based oils. It has incredible antioxidant properties, moisturizing and it balances oil production. It’s suitable for every type, even oily and acne-prone.