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If you have ever seen DVDiva on MTV news, you may have heard (and seen) Brigitte Dale’s review of American Reunion, a.k.a. American Pie 10 years later. In the review she says, “not much has changed…(except that) that maybe they (the cast) didn’t do the best job of using moisturizer.” Well, Brigitte, you may be correct in your observation, but have you considered the possibility that the cast members might have oily or combination skin and don’t know the proper way to go about choosing a moisturizer? Before we judge them, perhaps we should consider how complicated this can be. Take heart, cast members, we are here to help. If you are confused about how to go about moisturizing your not dry skin, you may want to look at some of these tips.
Sebum is the natural fatty substance in our body that keeps our hair and skin healthy and soft. When the body produces too much sebum, pores can be clogged by the excess oil. However, we don’t want to get rid of all of the sebum by using an overly drying moisturizer. You need to moisturize your skin without adding oil.
Types of Moisturizers
There are basically three types of moisturizers: products that smooth the skin, products that seal in moisture and products that attract moisture. Occlusives and emollients soften and smooth skin. Examples of occlusives are paraffin, collagen, and petroleum jelly which work to seal in moisture by creating a barrier on your skin. Emollients are oils like essential fatty acids and stearic acid that smooth and repair skin. Humectants, like urea panthenol and glycerin, attract moisture from the skin’s deepest layers to its outermost layers and can also attract moisture from the air in humid climates. Most moisturizers use a combination of all three.
If you have oily skin, try to avoid occlusives, which can be greasy and thick and cause blemishes and trap sebum. Your best bet is an oil-free, lightweight, non-comedogenic product (doesn’t clog pores.) It won’t fight breakouts, but it won’t cause them either. You also might want to lotion with talc to control shine and, if you want to control acne, look for one with an anti-bacterial agent.
In the case of combination skin, the key is to treat the different parts of your face differently. Oil absorbing and matte finish ingredients will work well on oily areas, while emollient moisturizers will be a better choice for the dry areas. Oily areas will require the lightest weight formulas and products with a thin lotion, gel or liquid texture will work well over the whole face.
We hope this has helped and that the next American Pie sequel will be a study in the positive results of effective moisturizing. If you have combination or oily skin, let us know if this helped you. We love to get your comments and suggestions.