For the Love of God, Please Moisturize Your Oily Skin!

Spring-Skin-Care-TransitionIt’s technically still winter but spring is right around the corner.  Regardless of the season you have to moisturize your skin.

I have combination oily skin.  Now, there is an advantage to having oily skin, if cared for.  It ages at a slower rate than dry skin because the oil keeps it lubricated.  But you still have to keep it nurtured.

It can be high maintenance because the extra oil leads to breakouts if you don’t have a good regimen. A lot of people have misconceived notions about how to care for oily skin.  Here are some tips to help keep oil at bay and avoid breakouts.

You have to moisturize!

I’ve talked to so many people who think since they have oily skin they don’t need to moisturize.  NOT TRUE!  All skin, regardless of type, needs moisture.  Oil and moisture are 2 different things.  The oil that your skin does not also moisturize it.  So if an oily skinned person does not moisturize, the skin over produces oil because it’s being starved of the moisture it needs.  It’s the same concept of someone who starves themselves thinking it’s a god way to lose weight.

An oil control moisturizer is the best option. There are also mattifying moisturizers that help control oil.  My favorite is by Image; it’s their Prevention + Daily Matte Moisturizer with 32 spf.  I use it year round but this is the only day time moisturizer I use in the spring and summer.  It also works awesome under makeup, keeping it matte and lasting longer.

image matte moisturizer

If you’re interested in purchasing, click here: Image Prevention + Daily Matte Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 32,3.2oz

In some moisturizers the sunscreen makes the consistency not so desirable for oily skin because it can be a little thick.  The Image moisturizer is thicker but you only need a very small amount, about half the size of a dime, for your whole face.  One bottle usually
lasts me for close to a year.

You Need Suncreen!nl-10

Sunscreen is a must for all skin types.  In some products it does change the consistency to a thicker one that can leave a white cast but that doesn’t happen with all moisturizers.  In this case there’s nothing you can really do outside of trial and error.  If you buy a product that doesn’t work, simply take it back to the store.

A time and money saver can be to do research before you go shopping.  Youtube and Makeup Alley are awesome resources to get truthful reviews from other consumers about how products work.

Use the Right Kinds of Products!

With oily skin you have to make sure you’re using the right kinds of skin care and makeup products.  I once had a client with very oily skin and she couldn’t figure out why her makeup was always runny and made her more oily.  After her consultation it came down to her using the wrong kind of moisturizer and the foundation she was using was too hydrating.

Hydrating products are made for people with dry skin, not saying people with oily skin can’t use them.  But most people with oily skin, myself included, prefer a matte look.  Mattifying products absorb the oily on your face.  I don’t want to look hydrated or illuminated because to me I look greasy.

Oily skin needs oil free and mattifying skin care and makeup products.  Read labels when buying your products to make sure you’re buying what your skin needs to look and feel it’s best.  That’s not just for your face but for your whole body as well.  With warm weather approaching you gotta make sure your skin looks good enough to show off!

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