Do you need a moisturizer if you have oily skin?
Every person who has oily skin has been worried about this question. Do I use moisturizer? Will I have breakouts if I use moisturizer? Which moisturizer would be right for me?
If you've ever been bothered by these questions, we heard you keep reading the blog to know the answers!
Should you moisturize if you have oily skin?
Short answer - Yes.
For a long answer, keep reading.
Moisturizers don’t add water to your skin, but rather help hold the water in the outer layer of your skin to keep it hydrated.
Moisturize after cleansing and toning. You should ideally moisturize twice a day - in the morning and once you're back home, or before you hit the bed.
If you are using a serum, use the serum before you moisturize, to give all the ingredients in the serum a good chance to get fully absorbed.
What moisturizer should I use?
Now that you know that your oily skin needs to be hydrated and rightly moisturized, understand the different types of moisturizers and how they work on your skin.
- Use a light moisturizer that doesn't weigh down on your skin
- Make sure your moisturizer's ingredients are non-comedogenic. Top comedogenic ingredients to avoid are cocoa butter, coconut oil and hydrogenated vegetable oils
- Ideally, you should use a different moisturizer for day and night. The night ones are richer in antioxidants and other care ingredients that might be a bit too "heavy" for daytime use
- If you are going to be out in the sun, pick a gel-based sunscreen for day use, and a gel-based light moisturizer for night use
Let us understand ingredients
Besides picking non-comedogenic ingredients, you should look to use some do-gooders for oily and acne-prone skin in your moisturizers. For example:
- natural acne fighters like tea tree oil
- AHAs like glycolic acid and lactic acid
- antioxidants like Vit C
- spot fighters like niacinamide
- oil control ingredients like lemon peel and cinnamon bark