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If your skin is naturally oily, it can be easy to think you don’t need to worry about moisturization, and instead have to contend with the opposite: constantly battling against grease to avoid breakouts and the like, forgoing moisturizers and creams in favor of harsh cleansers and toners. However, this isn’t necessarily true. There are a lot of reasons to use a day cream besides Moisturization, and on top that, after you cleanse, you should be adding at least light moisture back into your skin to replace the natural oils you just stripped.
A day cream is an essential tool in every skincare arsenal, regardless of skin type, which is why today, Vine Vera would like to take the time to thoroughly explain why you need a day cream even if you have oily skin.
The think about day creams is that they do more than just moisturize. They protect. They protect against a variety of possible sources of damage, including sun, pollution particles, wind, and more.
While it is possible to use a separate sunscreen, it’s a lot simpler and generally effective to use a day cream with built-in broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher, because then you get sun protection for your face in addition to all the other benefits. Additionally, using a day cream allows you to apply both your sunscreen and moisturizer right to your clean skin as the first layer of skincare products, increasing the effectiveness of both.
Many day creams also help form a protective barrier against other sources of damage, and help your skin survive a day of being baked by the sun, battered by the wind, assaulted by pollution, and frequently rubbed against by hands or clothing.
Day Creams often contain a variety of other additives that confer additional benefits that help your skin feel and look its best during the day. One common additive to day creams is caffeine, which helps firm up the skin to counteract sagging. Other firming agents are often used, and strengthening agents like collagen are sometimes included. Really, there’s a huge variety of different ingredients found in different day creams, and a whole lot of them are definitely worth using a day cream for.
You Still Need the Moisture
Yes, your skin is naturally oily. However, unless you skip cleansing in the morning—which you really shouldn’t do, unless you like grime and dirt building up and causing breakouts and just generally icky skin—you still need at least a bit of moisture to replenish what you strip away with a proper cleanse. Granted, you don’t need as much hydration as someone with dry skin, but you still need some, lest you leave your skin over-dried from harsh cleansers.
If you use a toner (an effective way of dealing with oily skin that gets out of hand) you especially need to replenish the lost oils pulled out by the astringent properties of toners. Use a light day cream that provides mild to moderate moisture.