Should you moisturise oily skin?

‘Oily skin’ is just that, right? 

Well, not always…an oily complexion can easily disguise the fact that your skin may also be dehydrated. So, how do you know if you’re skin is oily and parched?

Here are the tell-tale signs:

  1. Skin that feels tight and dry but also looks oily (often around the t-zone) and suffers from breakouts.
  2. A complexion that absorbs Moisturiser really quickly.
  3. Skin that doesn’t “hold” makeup well throughout the day – you might find that you lose coverage from makeup that disappears or goes patchy.
  4. Dull skin.
  5. Experiencing wider health problems – such as frequent headaches. These are a standard indicator that your body (including your skin!) is dehydrated.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, a good starting point to managing an oily complexion, is to vastly increase your intake of fluids.

Do you need to moisturise?

In a nutshell, yes!

The biggest mistake you can make is to try to ‘dry out’ oily skin through not moisturising.

Not only will compromise your skin health, but it will most likely make it oilier.

If skin’s parched, it triggers the sebaceous glands to produce even more oil to compensate.

This causes further imbalance and can leave skin lacklustre and dehydrated.

Stick to a light Moisturiser and use daily – our Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream is a good option. It’s free from Shea Butter, which is a great ingredient for keeping dry skin supple and smooth, but can be a little heavy for oily or blemish-prone skin.

We also see a lot of people drying out their complexions accidently, often through using a detergent-based Cleanser containing ingredients such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Cocamidopropyl betaine (CAPB), seeking that “squeaky clean” feeling.

Find out more about why you should ditch the foam here.

Don’t be afraid of oils!

The concept of applying Facial Oil to an already oily complexion can seem counterintuitive, but it’s surprisingly beneficial.

Regular applications can help to balance the skin, evening out your oil production.

Use a Facial Oil sparingly – the old adage ‘less is more’ elicits the best results.

We find that 2-3 drops of our Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil is more than enough to condition and repair skin overnight, it’s also brilliant for reducing uneven skin tone and scarring.

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