Water-based or oil-based moisturizer for you?
I was going through some of the comments and noticed that a number of readers have mentioned that it’s hard to find the right moisturizer that works for their skin type. In fact, when asked, I often find it hard to recommend moisturizers due to the different skin types. Should you be using water-based moisturizing creams containing mostly water with some oil or oil-based moisturizing creams containing more oil and some water?
So for those who have asked me this question, I thought I’ll share this information I’ve come across on skin types. Typically, most information just tells us about the four skin types – normal, dry, oily and combination – but this resource on DermTV.com takes it further and tells us that we should be looking at our oil and water skin type instead when choosing our moisturizers. Plus, I think this article may also answer Grace’s earlier question of why is it necessary to moisturize after applying oil to her face, which is combination type. Grace had also mentioned that oil had clogged her skin and that it doesn’t make her skin suitably moisturized.
According to Dr Neal Schultz, our skin has water glands that make water and oil glands that make oil and they have nothing to do with each other. It’s the relative balance of oil and water on the surface of our skin made by each type of gland that determines which of the four facial oil and water skin types we have.
Your skin lack water, not oil. So you should be using an oil-free, water-based moisturizer that restore and correct the deficient water content without risking collateral damage to the oil glands.
Your skin has too much oil and enough water. So you should not use oil-based moisturizer but an oil-free moisturizer.
Too much oil usually at the t-zone and insufficient water usually on the cheeks. So you should not never put oil put on your face because of the oily component of combination skin and you need a moisturizer that is water based to restore the missing water caused by the “dry component” of combination skin.
Just enough water and oil. Dr Schultz suggest that you need not use a moisturizer.
While most of these make sense, but I’m also wondering if the rules apply rigidly. I would think it’s also important to consider the weather for example. If it were in winter and it’s freezing, it may not be a good idea to use water-based moisturizer. In addition, I am currently using a moisturizer that works for all skin types so I wonder where that one falls into. Finally, I find the suggestion of not using moisturizer for normal skin rather strange. Perhaps someone else can verify if this is true that moisturizer is not required for those with normal skin.
So are you using an oil-based or water-based moisturizer. And is it suitable for your skin type based on Dr Neal Schultz’s suggestion of moisturizer based on oil and water skin type?