Hydration, both internal and topical, has many purposes in both maintaining optimum skin condition and prolonging the effects of any product applied on top of it.
Moisturising, as well as the use of a serum, eye cream and/or facial oil is a guaranteed way to balance your pH level and sebum production, regardless of your skin type. The only issue is finding the right product with the right ingredients to suit your individual needs.
Moisturising provides the best canvas for makeup for all skin types.
Many with oily skin are under the impression that depriving their skin of moisture and hydration will dry it out and therefore curb oil production, but they are sorely mistaken. Neglecting to hydrate your face using a formula with the correct ingredients will only cause the skin to overcompensate for the lack of moisture, sending the sebaceous glands into overdrive in order to create some of that lost moisture. This results in an obvious, oily sheen across the face which, instead of moisturising, can clog pores and lead to congestion in the skin. For oily-skinned people, it is therefore best to find a light, silicone-free moisturiser that will work to keep the oil at bay by providing a layer of hydration. Natural ingredients are good to look for in a moisturiser. Chemical ingredients can help with oil prevention and congestion, but only in small percentages so as they can be too drying on the skin.
Dry skin needs a substantial application of moisturizer to ensure the skin is hydrated. This can prevent early signs of ageing, sun damage, and overall ensure a plump, soft complexion. Those with dry skin should opt for a moisturizer with a heavier formula that absorbs easily into the skin without giving an oily sheen that can shorten the longevity of any foundation. Just like oily skin can still get dry, dry skin can still get oily, but an effective moisturiser can prevent this. Ingredients to specifically look for include olive oil and vitamin E.
Moisturising for Makeup Artists
Moisturising, or applying facial oil, the night before, as well as the morning of applying a full face of makeup, is a way to make sure your skin is properly prepared. It means that oily skin will not produce oil under makeup – this can oxidise your makeup and cause it to turn shades darker, making for a dirty-looking, undone look. It also means that dryer skin will not look flaky or chalky underneath makeup. It helps to prolong any application, and creates a barrier between your skin and any comedogenic ingredients that your makeup could contain. It allows for easy application and guarantees that all products used on the skin have the best canvas.