Do you have oily skin? Does the thought of smearing more moisture sound like an unpleasant idea to you? Does your mind go ‘But I have oily skin, I don't really need a moisturizer? Well, we come bearing news for all the skincare savants that are skipping moisturizer!
When you have oily skin, you may think that using a moisturizer is completely unnecessary. But as the largest organ of the body and also the most exposed to environmental conditions, the skin needs a moisturizer to make up for lost moisture - even if it is oily. No matter the skin type, here’s what you need to know to better understand skin biology.
Hydration vs. Oil
This is where most of the misunderstanding stems from.
Skin oil is the waxy substance, more commonly known as sebum, that the sebaceous glands excrete in order to maintain the skin's barrier function. On the other hand, skin hydration is the process where water and hydration is absorbed deep into the epidermis and dermis to plump up the skin.
Although oil buildup caused by sebum leads to oily and acne-prone skin but that does not mean that it is well-hydrated. And since hydrated skin is healthy skin, lack of hydration will lead to dullness, the appearance of fine lines, and wrinkles since the protective function of skin can be massively compromised as a result of dehydration. Did you know? Prolonged dehydration can lead to inflammation, infection, and premature aging, and we don't want that to happen!
Moisturizers for Oily Skin
Moisturizers specifically made for oily skin are the ones you need to opt for if your skin is always oily, skin, and prone to breakouts. A good moisturizer has three main characteristics:
Occlusive: it's an ingredient that seals in moisture by the formation of a hydrophobic layer on the skin. It's a non-greasy ingredient when
used on its own.
Humectant: An ingredient that draws water from the deeper layer of the skin and keeps the skin moist. This includes hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and AHAs.
Emollient: Filling spaces between flakes in the outer layer of the skin, these ingredients are a skin savior. They might be less greasy such as ceramides or more greasy like stearic acid.
The best tip when picking a moisturizer for oily skin is to steer clear of moisturizers with mineral oil, cocoa butter, petroleum, and harsh fragrances.
Clarifying Creme by Arvelon
Arvelon aims to address the skin concerns of Pakistani men and women. With rigorous research and testing, we have curated products that are targeted for different skincare needs. Clarifying Creme is a lightweight formula to address oily skin and quell a pimple rebellion. Infused with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory plant extracts including willow-bark and chinaberry tree leaf, it's a sure shot way to balance moisture and hydrate oily and combination skin without making it appear shiny.
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