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If you have oily skin, then there’s a very real possibility that you think skipping out on moisturizer after washing your face is totally cool. After all, why would you want your face to look even shinier than it already does, right? Well, believe it or not, you should never underestimate the power of a good moisturizer—even when it comes to oily skin. The same way a specific facial cleanser and daily cleansing routine is important for keeping your skin looking fresh, so is moisturizing on the regular, regardless of your skin type. Still not convinced that face moisturizer is a necessary skin care product for oily skin? We’re here to walk you through the basics to explain why you should apply moisturizer if you have oily skin and how to find the best moisturizer for oily skin. It’s time to upgrade your skin care routine!
The answer to the question, “Do you need to use moisturizer if you have oily skin?” is yes! Look, we get it: The thought of slathering moisturizer onto already-shiny skin is probably unappealing to you. But, before you go running in the opposite direction, it’s important to understand just how beneficial the right moisturizer can be for oily skin. Here’s the thing: In normal and oily skin, external factors such as pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture and an increase in oil production. As a result, your complexion can start to look overly shiny. So, you should apply a moisturizer to oily skin after cleansing, otherwise you may end up with skin that looks even shinier.
Now that you know why it’s important to apply moisturizer to oily skin, it’s time to pick out the best moisturizer for your skin type. Not sure where to start? Here’s a good guideline to follow: Opt for oil-free, lightweight formulas. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Oily Skin fits the bill. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water, this moisturizer helps provide long-lasting hydration with a matte finish. Immediately, the appearance of excess shine is reduced and skin looks mattified and fresh. Smooth this moisturizer on morning and night after cleansing.
After learning how to choose a moisturizer for oily skin, you might be wondering if your entire skin care routine is all wrong. Don’t stress! Follow these tips for putting together a skin care routine for oily skin.
Oily skin tip #1: Use a clay facial cleanser. Consider using clay facial cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Facial Cleanser, which is formulated to transform from clay to mousse and leaves skin with a clean, clear look.
Oily skin tip #2: Don’t over-wash your face. There’s no reason to go overboard! Cleansing once in the morning and once at night should be sufficient.
Oily skin tip #3: Try a face mask a few times a week. We probably don’t have to twist your arm too much to get you to do this—applying a face mask and chilling out while it works its magic is pretty fun. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask. Impurities, dirt, makeup, and excess oils can build up on the surface of your skin and clog pores, leading to the appearance of excessively oily skin. Yikes! This face mask is formulated with three clays (kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava) as well as eucalyptus leaf extract to help draw out the buildup of dirt, oil, and impurities, absorb impurities and unclog pores, reduce the appearance of excess shine, and allow your skin to breathe. To use, apply an even layer to clean, dry skin (remember to avoid your delicate eye and lip area!), leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then remove with water. Use three times a week for best results.
Oily skin tip# 4: Switch up your toner. Toners are usually applied after cleansing to remove any remaining excess oils, dirt, and grime that are on the surface of your skin post-cleansing. However, some toners are formulated with alcohol, which can be drying. If you’re going to use a toner, look for an alcohol-free formula instead.
Oily skin tip #5: Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen as the last step in your skin care routine. No matter what kind of skin you have, broad-spectrum sunscreen is a must. Reach for an oil-free formula if you have oily skin and apply daily as directed. And make sure to take other sun protection measures as well, including limiting your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which are the sun’s peak hours), seeking shade when you’re outside, and covering up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Oily skin tip #6: Use mattifying makeup. Get familiar with the word matte, which means non-shiny. When you have oily skin, this is something you’re going to want to look for when you shop for skin care products and makeup. For example, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, which has a demi-matte finish and is oil-free. The foundation has an air-light texture and medium coverage. To use, smooth it onto the skin in a rolling motion for flawless coverage. It’s that easy!
Oily skin tip #7: Toss blotting papers in your bag. These are a must-have for oily skin! If your skin look shiny, simply dab your T-Zone (the part of your face that tends to be oiliest) to help sop up excess grease from the surface of your skin.
Oily skin tip #8: Remove your makeup with micellar water. After a long day out, you probably just want to crash in bed. But before you do that, take everything you’re wearing—foundation, mascara, etc.—off. When you sleep in your makeup, it could end up clogging your pores. Micellar water is a product that can gently remove makeup and cleanse your skin. Powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—suspended in water, micellar water lifts dirt and impurities up and away from your skin. Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Normal to Oily Skin. Saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water, then wipe the pad across your face. No rinsing or rubbing required!
Next up: Learn what beauty products every girl with oily skin should own by reading our article, 13 Makeup Products All Girls with Oily Skin Should Own.