The paradoxical combination: oily + dehydrated

@beautynerds I don’t know how to solve my oily/clogged T-zone combined with overall dehydration. Suggestions? :(

Hi I,

Thanks so much for your tweet! Yes, many people may think that being oily and dehydrated is somewhat incongruous, but it is actually very common. In fact, having both dehydrated and oily skin can make your skin even more prone to breakouts. Why? Well, when your skin is dehydrated, it is the top layer that lacks hydration the most. Therefore, you will notice that the top layer of your skin may appear dry and flaky. Simultaneously, your over-active oil glands are secreting oils from the deeper layers of the skin. The result is that excess oils become trapped beneath the dry, flaky top layer of your skin, which ultimately manifests itself into a pesky zit. The good news is that there are various products for oily/combination skin and various products for dehydration. The best approach is to mix and match both oily/combination products with dehydration products to create the perfect regimen specific to your skin type. Here’s how:

First – choose products for oily/combination skin as your basic skin regimen. One of my favorites is Jurlique’s Rebalance Oiliness Kit. A great way to try out the whole line with minimal investment is to purchase their starter kit (this one is only $40). The kit includes:
– 1.0 oz Purifying Foaming Cleanser
– 0.5 oz Citrus Purifying Mist
– 0.5 oz Herbal Recovery Gel
– 0.5 oz Clarifying Day Care Lotion

Second – add in products for dehydration. For example, you can add in a toner and/or a serum for dehydration. I love Caudalie’s Grape Water, because not only does it soothe and hydrate the skin, but you can use it any time of day for an instant pick-me-up. And, of course, if you have watched my L’OrĂ©al Luminato video, you may already guess that my new favourite serum for dehydration is Vichy’s Aqualia Thermal Serum. It feels unbelievably refreshing and lightweight (almost like water!), absorbs instantly into the skin and leaves behind no traces of any oily residue.

Third – make sure you exfoliate every other day. It will help slough off some of those dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, which will help prevent oils from being trapped beneath, and thus minimize the chance for breakouts. Also, it will help your hydrators penetrate better into the skin. My all time favourite exfoliator? Bliss’ Pore Perfecting Facial Polish. The granules are round, so they won’t be too rough on your skin and the creamy texture will keep your skin soft and supple.

And of course, drink lots of water. Not that I’m suggesting you need to purchase a fancy Christian Lacroix Evian water, but somehow a pretty bottle seems like the perfect motivator, don’t you agree?

Hope that helps!


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