IF you are one of the gifted ones with normal skin, lucky you! You don’t have to worry about getting oily every hour, or on the other end of the spectrum, worry about flaky skin. Assuming you don’t have a hormonal problem and really need to seek a dermatologist’s advice, here are some tips for those with oily or dry skins.

  • Oily skin

    With our humid weather, it’s not a surprise that some facial greasiness happens to the best of us. I actually think it’s fine for skin to look a little oily; nobody who lives on an island has to have ultra-matte skin. But when one’s forehead becomes so greasy I can almost see my reflection on it, well...

    If you have naturally oily skin, there’s no way to completely reprogram your sebaceous glands, but there are products out there that can help your face from resembling an oil slick. You can battle that oil with all the face powder and oil blotting sheets in the world, but they still won’t really help the problem. Choosing the right skin care will.

    Make sure to use a facial cleanser that’s specifically formulated for oily skin. Follow it up with the right toner. Alcohol-based toners can be too drying and cause oil glands to overcompensate and then create more oil. Most of my friends know this, but witch hazel toner has done wonders for my combination skin, helping prevent oil while keeping skin supple.

    Then, again to prevent your skin from overcompensating for dryness, use a moisturizer. Yes, even oily skin needs moisturizer; choose a light, water-based formulation. In the evening, completely remove makeup and use toner and moisturizer again. Make sure your skin is properly cleansed, as makeup and oil left on the face can cause pimples.

  • Dry skin

    Not as many people are prone to dry skin here compared to oily or combination skin, but there’s a greater chance of getting dry skin as one gets older or if you are going somewhere with cold, dry weather. This time, you need to help your skin maintain moisture so that it doesn’t feel tight or start to flake. Use a gentle, creamy cleanser followed by moisturizing cream. Use a heavier cream at night, especially if you sleep with the air conditioning on; AC air dries out skin even more. Do not pick at dry patches!

    You can also spritz your face throughout the day with rosewater to prevent it from drying out. Use a hydrating face mask once a week.

    Those with oily or dry skins will particularly benefit from regular facials because these skin types do need some extra care. Visit a skin clinic perhaps once a month to address your skin’s needs on top of your daily regimen. The bottom line is making sure that you use the right skin care for your skin type. It is a crucial step to having healthy, beautiful skin.