Monday, August 15, 2011

Do you really need to moisturize?

When it comes to beauty rules, most of us believe that moisturizing is just as important as proper cleansing. But as an “Oily” type, the truth may surprise you. The fact is, your “Oily” skin has plenty of natural hydration, and this extra step may not be necessary for you.

When your skin is “Oily,” you have to consider your skin’s other attributes, since concerns such as aging and redness are addressed with specially formulated moisturizers. But the last thing your “Oily” skin needs is more oil, especially if you’re trying to fight excess shine. Many anti-aging creams also contain harsh acids that can aggravate “Sensitive” skin—even more reason to shy away.

Instead of a true moisturizer, try a lighter serum or gel that contains ingredients designed to quell your other skin concerns. Antioxidant-rich offerings are effective for fighting wrinkles and other signs of aging, and formulas with anti-inflammatory ingredients can help with redness. As an added bonus, serums may contain higher concentrations of good-for-your-skin ingredients than moisturizers anyway. A few to try: Olay Regenerist Fragrance-Free Regenerating Serum, iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum, Caudalie Firming Concentrate and Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel.

If you find it hard to break the moisturizer habit, you can get an extra dose of moisture with your daily sunscreen. When paired with the right serum, you can get all the skin-improving ingredients and environmental protection your skin needs, without the extra oil and shine.

Cited from Skin Type Solutions

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