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There are many skin care products out there that aim to strip skin of excess oils – but you have to be careful that your cleanser, toner or mask is not also stripping your skin of natural oils that it needs. It has become popular to look to skin care methods that will dry skin out, when really you should focus on balancing your skin’s natural oil production. Celebrity makeup artist and L'Oréal Paris brand ambassador, Sir John, says that this is his top over-rated skin care trend – and for good reason. Glowing skin is what you should aim for, not dry, dull skin that is flaky and parched.
Your skin’s natural oils, called sebum, are produced by your skin’s sebaceous glands. These glands are found all over your body – practically anywhere you have skin – and share space with a hair follicle. When you focus on the skin on your face, sebaceous glands are more highly concentrated in your T-zone and scarcer around your eyes and lips. This is why you may notice oily areas and shine are more common across your forehead and nose compared to your lips and under-eye area.
If you typically have oily skin – consider yourself lucky. Your skin is keeping itself hydrated. Naturally moisturized skin will ward off fine line and wrinkle development better than dry skin. Oily skin also means that you are able to produce enough oils to maintain hydrated skin. The trouble, however, starts when you try to neutralize your natural oils and over dry your skin. If you over-dry the skin, by using harsh products or over-cleansing, you will trick your skin into thinking it needs to produce more oil. So, instead of balancing your skin, you are triggering excess oil production, starting a vicious cycle that most likely will only result in more oil.
You should embrace your oily skin and only aim to balance it and control excess shine. Wash your face in the morning and at night with a foaming cleanser to cut through excess grease and follow up with a toner that can help balance your pH levels, which trigger sebum production. Then, moisturizing your skin is key. Look for a lightweight serum that has highly concentrated, hydrating ingredients. Then for day, apply a moisturizer with SPF and a night cream in the evening. Purifying masks once a week can also help clear pores and reduce a shiny build up. Try to get in the habit of carrying blotting papers with you – this will help control shine in areas with excess oil throughout the day and will help prevent over-drying that might happen if you repeatedly cleanse the entire face.
Dry skin is not something to covet or to encourage. If your skin is healthy and producing enough natural oils to keep your skin hydrated and youthful-looking, than you are fortunate. Simply focus on balancing your oily skin and don’t aim to dry it out. Glowing skin is hydrated skin and you can have that naturally if you keep certain skin care tips in mind.