Do you really need an oil-free moisturizer?
This is a common question people have when seeking out a new facial moisturizer, especially those who have oily or combination skin. Back before people became more ingredients savvy, they heeded the advice "If you have oily skin, you have to choose oil-free products."
The truth, however, is that "oil-free" is a marketing gimmick. There is no regulation or standard when it comes using this claim in personal care products. Interpretation of "oil-free" often varies by brand. In the strictest sense, a true "oil-free" product would not contain any butters, oils or waxes. Some brands label a product "oil-free" if it doesn't contain ingredients with oil in the name.
"Oil" can be a scary word for those with oily skin or breakout-prone skin. However, there are many oils that actually help balance sebum or can actually inhibit acne flare ups. Examples of these would be squalane, rosehip oil, jojoba oil, and argan oil. There is a misconception that all oils should be avoided or that they will clog your pores and this simply is not true.
I had a friend not long ago who bought an oil-free moisturizer and it made her skin more oily and she developed pimples on her chin. She asked me to take a look at the ingredients label to figure out what was going on. Her moisturizer contained dimethicone and petrolatum, both of which are common culprits in terms of clogging the pores.
In fact, New York dermatologist Dr. Neil Sadick says to “steer clear of clogging ingredients like petroleum, mineral oil or silicones like dimethicone...or artificial fragrances [which] are also a no-no as they are irritants and trigger inflammation and flare ups.” All of the above are commonly found in "oil-free" products.
Is your skin oily? Consider Seed Daily Facial Moisturizer with natural ingredients to soothe and soften the skin as it helps balance sebum production, thanks to the jojoba oil and niacinamide.
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Summer is officially here! After a long, very unusual spring, it is nice to get outside and relax in the summer sun.
I love the feeling of soaking up the rays, but sun smarts are essential for your skin.
The sun's UV rays can greatly impact the condition of the skin. While sitting with our faces toward the sun makes us feel so good, it is important to remember that we have to be vigilant about our sun care.
My 25 year background in skin care has shown me just how important protecting our skin from UVA and UVB rays truly is. I practice what I preach. I wear sunscreen. I moisturize. I remove my makeup at night.
I am human, though, and I make mistakes. Yesterday was one of those days. It was unusually hot here. I finished up my work after lunch and noticed that the outside temperature was 96 degrees. I was skimming the pool and made sure to put on more sunscreen before jumping in.
I was so comfortable just floating on my raft. Floating around just relaxing felt so good! I planned to be in the water for about an hour when my 14 year old jumped in. We had a blast playing baseball with a beach ball and pool noodle, making a whirlpool, and playing games. If you have a teenager, you will understand what a treat it is to enjoy one on one time just having fun with that child who normally would rather be doing something else. This extra time together during the pandemic has been a gift, because there is much more family time. We had so much fun — and before I knew it, I had been in the water for nearly three hours.
I was careful to reapply my sunscreen everywhere — but I neglected my back. And boy did I learn my lesson. I now have a blistering sunburn on about 40% of my back and it is incredibly painful. In addition to being concerned about the potential for lasting damage and cellular changes done to my skin, I am finding it hard to get comfortable. This was preventable, though.
I cannot change yesterday’s mistake, but I can help alleviate the pain and I thought I would share how you can, too, should you finding yourself in need of some sunburn relief.