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Ever since I started writing about beauty almost a year ago, I've found that choosing beauty and skin care products based on your skin type matters so important. You should make sure that you are using products that will not harm your skin or affect your skin's needs. Most of us know how annoying it is to apply a cream, serum, oil, etc. that is supposed to make your face look radiant, hydrated, and brand new, but does exactly the opposite.
The fact is, some products are more suitable than others for certain skin types. If you have dry skin, you will likely be looking for different ingredients or formulations than people with oily or acne prone skin because they require a little more moisture than these. Sensitive skin types may need to stay away from ingredients that can be harsh or irritating. So yes, it is important to know your skin type and its needs.
When it comes to something as common as a moisturizer, the important thing to know is that not all are made equal. We probably all have a moisturizer (or two … or 10) in our skin care regimen, but what works for you may not work for me. Some moisturizers are better for dry skin because they contain ingredients that heal the skin barrier and are creamier. Others are better for combination skin and contain just the right amount of moisture without being too heavy. And yes, there are ideal moisturizers for oily skin that won't clog pores or make the skin oilier.
For my friends with oily skin, I asked the board certified dermatologist and founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology, Dr. Corey Hartman, FAAD, following his tips on how to choose a moisturizer and how to use it.
1. You will need a moisturizer: Let's get the record straight here. "People with oily skin mistakenly think they don't need moisture because their skin is rich in oil glands and produces excessive oil," says Hartman. "In fact, it's the fact that the skin is so dehydrated that it responds by producing even more oil."
2. Balance is the key: "Choosing the right moisturizer can be difficult when the skin is already oily and the goal is balance. Just because oily skin needs the least amount of moisture, it still needs some moisture," says Hartman. The most important thing is to make sure that your moisturizer is oil-free and non-comedogenic (which means it won't clog your pores).
3. Look for these ingredients: "Look for serum-based moisturizers that contain dimethicone, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or squalene," he adds.
4. Avoid These Ingredients: "Avoid mineral oil, lanolin, paraffin, castor oil, petroleum jelly, and siloxane," says Hartman. "All of these substances are emollient and can be occlusive, which can clog pores, flare up acne, and make oiliness worse."
5. Add some retinol to your routine: For application, Hartman recommends using a moisturizer in conjunction with retinol and after thoroughly cleansing your face. "Using several fingers, tap the moisturizer to spread it evenly and thinly over the entire surface of the skin, then rub it in gently, diffusing," he adds.
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