If you’re prone to pimple are-ups, moisturising is especially important because it helps regulate sebum production.
“When caring for oily skin, it is important to strive for balance rather than simply use products to remove oil and degrease. Although it seems counter-intuitive, oily skin still needs hydration and protection of its barrier function,” says Dr Adam Geyer, dermatologist and founder of Tribeca Park Dermatology in New York, and a consulting dermatologist for Kiehl’s. Also, moisturising your skin accelerates its healing by helping pores purge impurities, and normalises cell turnover – all of which contribute to fewer breakouts and faster fading of old acne marks.
If you skip moisturisers because you dislike the sticky sensation
they leave, try NIVEA PURE EFFECT CONTROL SHINE MATTIFYING GEL CREAM, $14.50 (75ML), which gets absorbed into skin readily, and keeps it refreshed and matte. Free of fragrance, parabens, colourants and oil, KIEHL’S ULTRA FACIAL OIL-FREE E GEL CREAM, $48 (50ML), contains desert-plant extracts that help skin retain moisture, and a glycoprotein from Antarctica that shields
against dryness and boosts s collagen production. FRESH
UMBRIAN CLAY OIL-FREE LOTION, ,
$63 (50ML), has clay to help purify, and to control oil and shine, while green tea extracts and vitamins C and E defend against free radicals. Cucumber and lavender extracts also soothe dry skin.