Posted on: 5 February 2018Share
When the winter chills set in, your skin is generally the first thing to suffer — windy days and snowy nights translate to a need for a good winter moisturizer, and fast. But if you suffer from oily skin, it can be hard to find a moisturizer that doesn't add to that oil and slide down your face a half hour later.
Don't worry, though — you're not doomed to go through the long winter months with oily, yet totally dry, skin; if you're looking for a few must-have ingredients in your cold-weather moisturizer, then here's what you need to know.
Specifically, white clay; going under the name "kaolin" or "bentonite" in most ingredient labels, white clay helps to absorb extra oil on your skin without drying the rest of it out to white flakiness. A moisturizer with clay in it can help keep your skin moist the right way, while the clay absorbs the excess sebum (oil from the glands on your body, especially around your nose) that your body produces throughout the day.
An ingredient with a slightly more technical name, sodium hyaluronate is an absolutely fantastic moisturizer for oily skin not only because it's naturally oil free (as all your products should be if you suffer from oily skin, naturally), but also for its uncanny ability to intensely hydrate your skin.
Also used as an injectable for making your skin look longer, sodium hyaluronate can bind up to 1,000 times its weight in water to your skin, keeping your skin moisturized but not adding oil. As an added bonus, it can also help minimize (or even make invisible) the fine lines and wrinkles on your face, all adding up to a more healthy, more youthful, and decidedly less oily complexion.
The final ingredient to be on the watch for is one that actively avoids clogging your pores (which can lead to more oil) unlike its cousin, petrolatum (think petroleum jelly). Dimethicone might not be labeled clearly on your moisturizer's label, but if you can find the phrase "non-comedogenic" on the bottle or jar (which means "non-clogging" in layman's terms), you've found a product with dimethicone.
Dimethicone works by mimicking the natural oils on your face, helping it melt easily into your skin. However, since it contains no oils in and of itself, it leaves your skin feeling moisturized but not oily after application.Contact a dermatologist office for more help.