Oily yet dehydrated skin isn’t something you hear of that often but it’s quite a common skincare problem. If your skin looks shiny/oily but feels very tight when you move your mouth or raise your eyebrows; chances are you have oily skin that’s dehydrated. Oftentimes it feels like your skin is dry but has a shiny coating on top.
Who’s likely to have it? This is a problem most common with people with oily skin who also happen to be using acne-fighting skincare. The ingredients in your acne treatment can dry out your skin and so it produces excess oil (on top of what it usually does). This can also be a problem when the climate changes around you, I find that my oily skin starts to feel tight and uncomfortable when I’m exposed to lots of air conditioning or recycled air during flights.
How do you fix it? Dehydrated skin isn’t dry skin and so they’re not treated in the same way. Dry skin requires oil to add moisture. Dehydrated oily skin already has enough oil naturally and so it needs water in order to rehydrate it. The best thing to do is to use a light, oil-free moisturiser that provides intense levels of hydration.
A few of my favourite moisturisers for oily yet dehydrated skin are…
CeraVe PM - A light, gel-based moisturiser that contains Niacinamide which helps to repair the skin as it hydrates.
Clinique Moisture Surge – A very light, gel-based moisturiser that offers intense hydration. You can massage it into your skin or leave a thicker layer on your face as a leave-on face mask – nice for air travel.
Korres Yoghurt Cream – This is probably my favourite out of the bunch. It’s a very light cream that sinks right and hydrates your skin, I find that it also calms acne-prone skin too. Bit more moisturising than the previous two but not by much.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum Fortifying & Soothing 24hr Hydrating Concentrate - Long-ass name for a really nice moisturiser. This is a very refreshing, lightweight moisturiser that really does offer hydration right the way through the day.
Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Toner – Toners are also a nice option for dehydrated skin as long as they don’t contain any astringents or alcohol (so your regular toner, if you use one, may not do the job). This soothing toner from Paula’s choice is sort of like a liquid version of the CeraVe PM moisturiser – soothing, calming and hydrating. You can apply a moisturiser over this or even splash it onto your face and use it in place of moisturiser if you like a very light moisturiser.
So if your skin’s feeling dry but looks oily, don’t be afraid to slather on a bit of moisturiser to fix it. Make sure it’s oil free, hydrating and lightweight.