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Do people with oily skin need to moisturise? (Beauty query of the day)

Many think only dry skin needs to be moisturised. Find out why you need to moisturise oily skin as well.

Written by Kriti Saraswat |Updated : September 25, 2014 2:09 PM IST

oily skinMy skin is very oily and I use a face wash to cleanse it followed by a toner. But lately, due to the winters, it has started to feel dry and itchy. Do I need to moisturise it? Won't it make it too oily again? Please suggest.

Cleansing, toning and moisturising are three essential steps to clean and flawless looking skin regardless of your skin type. Many people who have oily skin feel they do not need any moisturiser but that is a beauty blunder. Our skin needs hydration from inside-out. We can do so by drinking plenty of water which will keep it hydrated internally and the other way is by applying moisturiser.

People who have oily skin have over-active oil glands. Cleansing and toning takes off this oily layer but when the skin isn't moisturised, it feels dry and deprived of oil and therefore produces more oil. So, a moisturiser will help your skin stay normal. In winters, it becomes even more essential to moisturise the skin as the cold weather makes it dry and rough which in return makes it itchy and dehydrated. (Read: Winter skincare tips)

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Having said that, using the correct moisturiser is also crucial to one's beauty regimen. A person who has dry skin can opt for a moisturiser with a slightly heavier cream base. On the other hand, people with oily skin should opt for oil-free moisturiser which hydrates the skin yet does not add the oil back into it. Some brands which offer oil-free moisturisers are:

  • Lotus Herbals
  • Neutrogena
  • Lacto Calamine
  • Clean & Clear
  • Kaya Skin Clinic

So after you use your face wash and toner, apply a layer of any one of these oil-free moisturisers. Many even come with an SPF coverage which means you don't need a separate sunscreen. Winter or summer, don't forget to moisturise your skin ever. (Read: Simple tips to manage oily skin)

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