Dawn wants to know…Hello Beauty Brains! I’ve been hearing this a lot on my local media recently, Even though you may have oily skin, it could actually be very dry underneath. Thus, you should use a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.
Is it actually true that oily skin could be dry underneath? Say I live in a tropical climate, is it necessary to still use a moisturizer if I have oily skin?
The Right Brain Explains Her Skin Type:
While skin is not “oily on top and dry underneath,” it is true that even oily skin can need moisture. Let us explain:
Dry skin occurs when skin is lacking water, or moisture. A healthy amount of oil in the skin helps prevent water from evaporating (by reducing Trans Epidermal Water Loss or TEWL.) So, since oil helps keep water in locked in the skin, oily skinned individuals tend not to have dry skin.
However, there are plenty of situations where even oily skin can become dry and irritated. This is much more common in cold, dry climates. If you live in the tropics and you have oily skin you probably don’t need a moisturizer. But if you someplace with a long, dry winter, chances are your oily skin may need a little moisture boost. The trick is to not over-moisturize oily skin or you’ll end up feeling greasy.
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