It’s a common misnomer that oily skin does not need to be moisturized. And while it does seem very counterintuitive to slather oily skin with a moisturizer, it does need hydration. In fact, leaving oily skin to fend for itself will actually cause the skin to produce more oil which is what tends to cause breakouts.
The difference is knowing the type of moisturizer oily skin needs. There are ingredients you need to avoid such as mineral oil, cocoa butter, lanolin, and petrolatum. These will clog your pores and cause additional breakouts.
The perfect solution is hyaluronic acid! Not only does it lightly hydrate oily skin, but it is also advantageous to those of us who suffer from both aging skin and oily, breakout-prone skin.
Many people report that their skin feels dewier, the bags under their eyes become lighter and their skin texture is smoother after applying serums containing hyaluronic acid. The primary way in which HA helps improve the appearance of skin aged prematurely by the sun is by reducing water loss. In fact, one reason that hormone replacement treatments sometimes cause the skin to look more youthful and less sun-damaged is that they increase the skin’s HA concentration. Dryness, lax skin around the eyes or lips and sagginess are associated with aging skin because as we get older molecules in our skin lose some of their ability to bind and retain water. This not only causes dryness but also decreases skin’s volume.
Skin aging is triggered by both intrinsic and extrinsic aging, meaning daily environmental exposure to pollutants and UV light, along with the normal process of aging. Researchers have found that stratum corneum dryness caused from prolonged sun exposure plays an important role in wrinkle formation. It’s now been shown that wrinkles and fine lines are usually also more visible in low humidity compared to high humidity environments because they further reduce the water-holding capacity and elasticity of the skin. HA can help naturally reduce signs of aging by decreasing “epidermis water loss” associated with sun exposure, skin dryness or flakiness.
So what are you waiting for? OPC Reparative Serum with hyaluronic acid gives you the best of both worlds! Oil-free hydration + anti-aging properties. Excuse us while we bathe in it!