Does Oily Skin Need A Moisturizer

Welcome back to our natural skincare blog, where today we’re talking about oily skin. If you’ve taken our skin type quiz then you know exactly what that means. For those with oily skin, this one is for you. Are you wondering whether or not you need to still moisturize? If so, let’s chat. Moisturizer is a cosmetic preparation used for protecting and lubricating the skin. Moisturizers can be used to treat certain skin diseases, such as psoriasis and many others. It is an important step in your skincare routine that no matter your skin type you cannot avoid.

Should you moisturize if you have oily skin? Oily skin is produced when your pores produce excess sebum. This causes the skin to look greasy and can be worsened by diet, age, and climate. I have what is called combination skin, which means some areas of my face are oily and other areas are dry. Sebum is a yellowish, oily substance secreted by the aptly named sebaceous glands that are found on nearly every surface of the body. We cannot escape this, although some people produce more than others. As much as having oily skin can feel problematic, sebum is essential to our overall health and well-being. Too much and our skin can be prone to acne, too little and we can begin to experience skin irritation and itchiness.

Those with oily skin are constantly on the lookout for products that can help reduce the overproduction of sebum. The best skincare routine for oily skin includes washing your face in the morning, at night, and after exercise as well as hydrating daily with an oil-free moisturizer. Our Botanical Hydra Gel is perfect! Your skin will feel moist and smooth with a clear matte finish thanks to its purifying tea tree and lavender essential oils which combat the bacteria that contribute to irritation and occasional blemishes. This is a top seller for clients with oily skin and right now, it’s 20% off the travel size, so, why not give it a try?

Botanical Hydra Gel, Retail: $6.00

Your skincare products must be labeled, “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic” which means they won’t clog the pores. Some of the worst things you can do for your skin when you have oily skin are touching your face constantly, skipping showers, and wearing oily makeup – I for one cannot use MAC cosmetics. The formula is too heavy and always results in me having breakouts. I prefer Lancôme or Nars. Also, one of the biggest mistakes is not removing your makeup at night or the end of the day; this will no doubt cause more harm to your skin and increase breakouts.

Exfoliating is another big one. It is not necessary to exfoliate daily, this can cause scarring and again, more skin irritation. If you tend to experience high levels of sebum production, you may benefit from using a microdermabrasion brush two times per week. Three times if you find that your skin is responding well and you do not experience any breakouts or skin irritation.

Another necessity that I learned about recently that has been doing wonders for keeping my skin clear and my oils at bay are of course retinol. Most retinol should be recommended by a dermatologist, however, we have our Encapsulated Retinol Serum which is truly an imperfection skin eraser that repairs the skin, no matter the ailment at a cellular level. Once you apply retinol you may start to see results in as little as two to four weeks, but it is something that should be used consistently. Again, however, this is something you can consult with a dermatologist about, or you can schedule a free consultation with the esthetician, Anakarina Arguello. Our retinol is also on sale, you can enjoy 20% off the travel-sized just to give it a try. If you don’t like it, no problem. We have other options available to get you that glow you truly want, the one that makes you and your skin happy.

Encapsulated Retinol Serum by Clean Beauty by AnaK

Encapsulated Retinol Serum, Retail: $6.00

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Written by Anna Barnes
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