In my last post, I asked, “Do oily skin types need LESS moisture than dry skin types?”
The answer to this question is NO. I can also say the answer is FALSE if I were making the statement that oily skin needs less moisture than dry skin.
Oil and water levels within the skin are 2 very different things. Did you know that over 78% of individuals with oily skin types are actually DEHYDRATED. This creates a vicious cycle: the skin is oily yet dehydrated (lacking sufficient moisture) and then begins to produce more oil because of the imbalance. This process will continue to repeat itself over and over until the problem is addressed and corrected.
The plain and simple truth is that ALL skin types need the proper amount of hydration to look their best and stay balanced. Oily skin types should look for a water-based moisturizer, whereas dry skin types should look for a emollient-based moisturizer.
If you have oily skin, your best bet would be to use a water-based hydrator first and then apply an acne-safe moisturizer. You can also apply a few drops of high linoleic safflower or sunflower oil over top in order to “seal” that moisturizer within the skin’s surface.