Oily vs Dry Skin!

The grass is always greener on the other side, but is your skin really any worse than the other? If you’re stuck with either of the two extreme skin types (oily or dry), then don’t worry, there are ways to balance both!

Oily Skin

  • Pros: Oil production decreases over time, skin becomes less prone to wrinkles and fine lines in the future
  • Cons: Increased oil production can lead to clogged pores and acne, overly oily skin can cause makeup to melt off
  • Tip: Trying to dry out your oily skin will actually make things worse! When you over wash your face, or use facial products that have drying ingredients like alcohol in them, your sebum (natural oil) levels will be thrown out of whack, and your skin will try to compensate by producing even more oil. Instead, stick to washing your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser, followed by a lightweight oil-free moisturizer.
  • Your skin pampering treat: Using a clay mask once a week will draw out any impurities that your regular cleanser leaves behind. I recommend Queen Helene’s Mint Juelp Masque because its cheap, effective, and comes in a huge tube.

Available at local drugstores, retails for about $5.

Dry Skin

  • Pros: Much less likely to have acne problems, pores are naturally smaller in size and generally not visible
  • Cons: Can show signs of early aging, patches of skin can be itchy, flaky or even peeling
  • Tip: Not washing your face is not an option, but using a cream based cleanser can keep your skin from being dried out after you wash it. Using a broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA and UVB) in the daytime is especially important for your skin because its more sensitive nature will show signs of sun damage fast. Don’t forget to slather on a nourishing night cream before bed to give your skin a chance to heal and repair itself.
  • Your pampering treat: Using hydrating sheet masks drenched in serum will bring moisture back to your skin, and leave it feeling soothed and balanced. Neutrogena’s Hydrating Facial Cloth Masks are great because they are also infused with Vitamin C, a stellar ingredient for fighting sun damage.

Available at local drugstores, retails for about $15 for a pack of 4.

So the next time you find yourself wishing you were on the other end of the spectrum, think twice! You may find that your own skin has some qualities worth loving too.

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