Updated 11/4/15. A common assumption that I hear a lot is that if someone has oily skin, they will get fewer wrinkles. People think that the upside of having to deal with managing the oil on their skin for so many years is that they will age better. But, do oily skin types actually get fewer wrinkles than those with dry skin? The answer is not necessarily. Oily skins do age differently than dry skins but one is not necessarily always better than the other. Let me explain.
Oily skin types tend to have thicker skins (from genetics) which means they will have less fine “crinkly” lines (which is a good thing) since they are less prone to dehydration because of their own built in oil as well as having more fat cells in the face, BUT they will have deeper lines (since the skin is thicker) and larger pores. Particularly with larger pores, this will not allow the skin to look as smooth as someone with tiny pores, and smooth skin is one of the signs attributed to youthful-looking skin.
Dry skins on the other hand, will have thinner skin and show more fine, superficial lines due to lack of moisture than oily skins but they will also have smaller pores…
Which type of skin ages best? In my professional opinion as an esthetician, the person who ages the best from genetics is someone who produces some oil, but not too much. This is classified as a “normal” skin type. They have fairly small pores with some t-zone oil production, but the skin isn’t too dry, since dry skin can look dull without light reflection due to cracks in the moisture barrier. It’s also about not having all the crinkly, crepiness associated with dry, thin skins. But then, they aren’t too oily so they don’t have the issue of appearance of large pores and deeper lines associated with thicker, oily skins. The one that ages best is not one extreme or the other but taking the best of both skin types. Of course, genetics only plays a small part (about 30%) in how someone’s skin will visibly age and the 70% is up to you (good skincare, sunscreen and healthy lifestyle choices.)
Do oily skins need moisturizer? Absolutely. They just need one that is lightweight and oil-free. Not applying moisturizer will cause the skin to get dehydrated which is never a good option for the skin. Dehydration will cause the skin to be less light reflective due to superficial cracks in the moisturizer barrier as well as increased oil production which can possibly lead to increased breakouts since oil breeds bacteria and bacteria leads to breakout. Moisturizing will make the skin more cooperative–and healthy. Your skin cells are like fish and they need water to live so always use a moisturizer but oily skins can opt for oil-free like Sheer Moisture.
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