Thursday 15 March 2018

Ask TBI: Looking After Oily But Dehydrated Skin

Question: Could you please recommend a skin care regime or even just a cleanser and moisturiser for oily but dehydrated skin? I have spent a small fortune searching for the right products without much luck! Some cleansers can be too harsh and some moisturisers too rich - Sinead.

Answer: If you're finding that some cleansers are too harsh on your skin, it may be that you've been using alcohol-based foam or gel cleansers. A vast majority of foam and gel cleansers contain various alcohols that irritate the skin and strip it of natural oils. To be on the safe side, try adopting a gentle cleanser into your skincare regime. In fact, I would recommend going one step further and adopting an oil cleanser. Now, I know what you're thinking - "I have oily skin! How would an oil cleanser help?!". However the absolute key to controlling excess oil is to use oil based products. This is a homeopathic approach whereby ‘like treats like’, therefore if you use products with a similar makeup to your own sebum, then you naturally produce less oils and your skin is healthier and more balanced. My favourite oil cleanser is the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (£12.50 It removes even the heaviest of makeup quickly and easily and leaves skin super soft.

After cleansing, mist your face with a toner to balance the pH of your skin and provide it with an additional hydration hit. The SJAL Mineral Källa Energy Tonic (£47 Space NK) is the perfect choice as it tones and primes the skin, ready for further product application. It also contains a bio-adhesion moisture complex to protect from moisture loss... perfect for dehydrated skin.

Once the toner has absorbed, you'll need to reach for a serum to further hydrate your skin. Serums are great for treating various skin concerns as they are the most concentrated form of skincare product, providing optimum performance directly to the cells beneath your skin’s surface. I recommend using the La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Serum (£37 Boots). It deeply hydrates the skin, leaving it smooth, plumped and stress-free.

Finally, when it comes to moisturisers, try using a light day cream designed for those with oily and/or sensitive skin. I love the Origins Original Skin Matte Moisturizer with Willowherb (£15 It applies and absorbs quickly, keeping my skin nourished and hydrated throughout the day.

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