People who have skin conditions due to excess oil production, such as acne often over wash and under-moisturize, leading to skin that is dehydrated but still oily. Dehydrated skin typically feels tight and dry, even after a moisturizer is applied. Additionally, dehydrated skin can result from not drinking enough water. Those living in dry, arid climates need to drink more water to compensate for water lost to the environment. Using the right moisturizer is critical to preventing water loss on the skin’s surface.
Moisturizing and hydrating your skin are essential even to the oiliest skin. When choosing between water-based vs. oil-based moisturizers, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons. While water-based moisturizers may seem like the default choice for those with oily skin, these moisturizers are less effective and can cause irritation in some people. There are moisturizers that offer very light oils to very rich. We’ve blended shea butter and hyaluronic acid into our Simplified Facial Moisturizer with a delicate balance. Hyaluronic acid binds water, keeping you hydrated, and a touch of shea butter allows your skin to become soft and supple.
Finding a cleanser that cleans your skin without completely stripping it of essential oils is tougher than it looks. Without being a scientist, it can be an expensive challenge to find a product with the correct pH, the right amount of detergent properties, and a satisfying blend of ingredients. If your cleanser leaves your skin tight or squeaky feeling, it may be over-cleaning and can result in an oil surge soon after to compensate for its loss. Think of your skin as a honeycomb; the oil and debris which sit within the honeycomb are removed via washing. In order to preserve the integrity of the honeycomb structure (the cell walls), a moisturizer must be added to replace the oils that were removed. Without this additional moisturizer, your cell walls can appear dry, tight, and flaky.
In conclusion, using the right cleanser, toner and moisturizer are important steps to reducing the wrong kind of oil while keeping skin hydrated and moisturized.