How to choose the best moisturizer
How to Choose Moisturizer for Oily Skin
If you have oily skin, you may feel that moisturizer is your enemy, but this is a mistake. Believe it or not, moisturizer can actually help cut down on visible grease and shine. Without it, your skin will become dehydrated, and it will overcompensate by producing even more oil. This does not mean, however, that all moisturizers will work equally well for you. Make sure you choose a moisturizer specially made for your skin type and don't be afraid to try multiple products until you find one that works best for you.
Determining How Oily Your Skin Really Is
Rule out problematic products.Don’t assume you have naturally oily skin just because it appears shinier than you would like. You might just be using the wrong product.
- It’s possible that the moisturizer you are using is too heavy. When you use a product that is too rich for your skin, your pores can’t absorb it. As a result, the product sits on your skin, potentially clogging your pores.
- Conversely, you might actually be using a product that is too harsh and drying. Your skin compensates for these products by producing more oil.
- Stick to gentle cleansers and light, oil-free moisturizers for a few weeks to see how your skin reacts.
Observe where and when your skin is oily.All people have natural oils in their skin, but this does not mean that everyone should use products developed for oily skin. Once you have ruled out products as the culprit, consider the following when determining where you stand:
- If your skin is oily throughout the day and you have large pores all over your face, you probably have oily skin.
- If oily skin and large pores exist only in your T-zone (the forehead, nose, and chin), you probably have combination skin.
- If you only see oily skin in your T-zone when the weather is warm, you probably have normal skin.
- If your skin is oily but your pores are small, it’s a good sign that your products, and not your skin type, might be to blame.
Do a tissue test.Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, and don’t put anything on top of it. In an hour or two, blot with a tissue. If you see greasy splotches, your skin is probably oily. If not, you probably have combination skin.
Determine a course of action.If you determine that your skin is not really oily, look for a moisturizer for normal skin. On the other hand, if you have truly oily skin, look to Part 2 for help choosing the right product.
Part 1 Quiz
If your product is too harsh or drying, it may:
Choosing the Right Products
Read the label.Moisturizers designed for oily skin will often include key words like water-based, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), non-acnegenic (won’t cause acne) and/or oil-free.
- Oil-free products are more complicated than you think, however, as they may contain other ingredients that can clog your pores (like waxes) or irritate your skin (like alcohol).
Examine the ingredients.People with oily skin should be on the lookout for the ingredients that can both help and harm their skin.
- Water-based products should have a word than ends in “-icone” (like silicone) as one of the first few ingredients.
- Dimethicone is often used as a replacement for petrolatum, which is oil-derived. Dimethicone is both moisturizing and mattifying, which means that it can help control grease and shine.
- Look for exfoliating ingredients. Oily skin can often be dull and thick, so choose products with ingredients that will aid in cell turnover. These include lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acid.
- Avoid products that include paraffin, cocoa butter, or oils.
Think about texture.Moisturizers come in many different forms. From lightest to heaviest, these include gels, lotions, and creams. Keep in mind their different properties when choosing.
- People with oily skin should avoid creams and heavy lotions.
- Instead, choose gels or light lotions.
Consider the other products you use.Oily skin can also be acne-prone, which means that you might be using harsh and drying anti-acne products. Don’t irritate your skin further by layering anti-acne moisturizer on top of these products. Instead, look for moisturizer for sensitive skin.
- If you’re not using other anti-acne products, moisturizers that also fight breakouts might be a good bet for you.
Look for SPF.Experts recommend that you look for a moisturizer that also protects your skin from the sun. Many people with oily skin worry that sunscreen will exacerbate greasiness and shine, so again look for products that claim not to clog pores or cause acne.
- You might also want to consider using sunscreen as moisturizer. Sunscreen hydrates your skin, so you might want to skip a second layer, especially if your skin is oily. (If you wear both, put on sunscreen first.)
Part 2 Quiz
Why should you look for ingredients like lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acid?
Experimenting with Products
Shop around.You want a moisturizer that leaves your skin hydrated but not greasy, fresh but not tight. It might take you a little while before you find a product that matches your particular skin. Since you might have to try a few different products before you find the right one, don’t think that you have to buy the most expensive brand. Cheaper options can often work just as well.
Test new products on your arm first.To avoid breakouts and rashes, test moisturizer on your arm before using it on your face. This is especially important for people whose skin is also sensitive. Unless you have an immediate reaction, try to wait two weeks before deciding if the product is right for you.
Vary your routine with the seasons.Your skin will not behave the same all year long, so consider using a different moisturizer in summer and winter.
- As long as your skin is not acne-prone, even those with oily skin may want to consider using an ointment in winter.
- Similarly, those with normal and combination skin may want to switch to a lighter lotion or gel during the summer months, when their skin may be oily.
Think about your age.Oily skin does not exist in a vacuum. A fifteen-year-old who is dealing with oily skin and acne will need different products from a forty-year-old who might want to fight aging, as well.
Part 3 Quiz
When testing a product, you should use it for two weeks before deciding if it is right for you unless:
QuestionHow can I tell if my skin is oily?
Family Nurse PractitionerFamily Nurse PractitionerExpert AnswerSee this WikiHow article on How to Know Skin Type here: http://www.wikihow.com/Know-Skin-TypesThanks!
QuestionIs lacto calamine good for oily skin?
Family Nurse PractitionerFamily Nurse PractitionerExpert AnswerLacto calamine is a great product for daily moisturizing. It has other additional benefits such as evening out skin tone, decreasing pimples and increasing skin healing.Thanks!
QuestionWhat is the best time to moisturize oily skin?
Family Nurse PractitionerFamily Nurse PractitionerExpert AnswerMoisturizers should be applied in the morning and at night after a thorough cleansing of your face. The best time for application is after a bath or shower. Day-time moisturizer should contain sunblock.Thanks!
QuestionCan you give me some names of moisturizers that are good for oily skin?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAsk at the counter at Bath and Body Works or Ulta for moisturizers made for oily skin. Choose water-based moisturizers and those made specifically for oily skin.Thanks!
QuestionWhich lotion is best for young skin in this season?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerVaseline Cocoa Glow if you have dry skin and NIVEA Normal Skin if you have normal or oily skin. These products may or may not suit your skin so first try it on your arm.Thanks!
QuestionWhat about if I'm a preteen with oily skin? Can I use the same methods?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, these methods and products are perfectly fine for anyone to use regardless of age.Thanks!
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