The key to healthy skin lies in using a cleanser, toner and moisturiser that suit your skin. This is likely to be a trial and error process until you can identify the brand and products that fit your needs. Contrary to common perception, oily skin does need moisturisation. Skipping this essential part leads to over production of oil by the sebaceous glands making skin oilier still. Dr Aakriti Mehra, MD, Dermatologist Enhance clinics, recommends water-based lightweight lotions or aquagel formulations which contain humectants such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid instead of waxy emollients to moisturise. “Make sure the words “non- comedogenic” are present on the label. Also, instead of slathering on an extra layer of sunscreen, it would be wise to buy a moisturiser with SPF for your morning routine, supplemented by a gel-based sunscreen for the rest of the day,” she advises. For toning, Dr Mehra recommends water-based toners. “Avoid alcohol or oil-based products as the former can dry out and damage your skin whereas the latter can lead to breakouts. Natural toners containing rose water or tea tree extracts can be helpful,” she says. Choosing a non-abrasive, alcoholfree cleanser or dermatologist-recommended medicated cleansers which contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or sodium sulfacetamide will help to decrease sebum content as well as suppress the growth of acne causing bacteria, adds Dr Mehra.