Regardless of whether your skin is oily or dry, moisturising is a must. Remember that oily skin isn’t equivalent to hydrated skin, you can have skin that’s oily and dehydrated. The two conditions aren’t mutually exclusive. The oil on your skin is an over-produced waxy substance termed ‘sebum’ that’s secreted by sebaceous glands in an attempt to maintain the barrier function of the skin. This, though, doesn’t imply that your skin has adequate water content. The production of excessive amounts of sebum can be triggered by stress, hormonal shifts, pollution, improper skincare, and a poor diet. And the correct moisturiser can control this over-production, which is why it’s important to deliver pumps of moisture to your face every now and then. And during the winters, when there’s a lack of moisture in the air, you need a moisturiser more than ever.
Read on for tips on how to moisturise your oily skin in winter.
How do you moisturise oily skin?
There’s not much of a contrast in the way you moisturise oily skin as compared to skin that’s dry. Just ensure that you’re not applying too much product to your face at once. Start with a pea-sized droplet of your moisturiser, and dot your nose, forehead, chin, and cheeks with it before rubbing it into your skin. You can use the ‘connect-the-dots’ technique to spread the moisturiser further across your face without using too much of it in one go, especially if your skin is acne-prone.
Best moisturisers for oily skin
Make sure you’re using a lightweight gel formula infused with a hydrating ingredient like hyaluronic acid. And select a non-comedogenic moisturiser that doesn’t clog your pores. We’ve rounded up three of our favourite moisturisers for oily skin.
An oil-free moisturiser enriched with the ever-hydrating hyaluronic acid that retains the natural moisture of your skin, and prevents loss of water from the surface? And infused with the goodness of vitamin E to protect the skin from free radicals? This moisturiser by Pond’s is perfect for your skin. Just scoop, dab and massage to conclude your skincare regimen. A tip? Place this formula in the refrigerator before applying it to your skin for a water-fresh glow.
This lightweight formula, packed with hydrating hero hyaluronic acid, sends a boost of hydration to your skin and locks in moisture for 72 hours. This Lakmé Gel Creme should be your go-to if you’re looking for an all-year-round moisturiser that plays into the ‘dewy’ nature of your skin.
This moisturiser by Simple is a lightweight formula that keeps the face hydrated for more than 12 hours. Infused with glycerin, vitamin E, pro vitamin B5, and barrage seed oil, it moisturises, soothes, and nourishes the skin thoroughly. Since it’s non-comedogenic and dermatologically tested, it’s ideal for sensitive skin.