An oily skin type is a tricky one to deal with. There are too many skincare myths out there that can make the matters worse instead of helping you balance your sebum production. Perhaps the most misunderstood concept is hydration—some think it's important, while others think oily skin can function well without it. To set the record straight, Preview talked to a skin hydration pro to clarify the matter.
We spoke to Dr. Jou Jun Xu, CEO and head of research and development at Dr. Morita, a Taiwanese skincare brand known for their hydrating sheet masks. In an exclusive interview, he revealed his best tips for those with oily skin. Read more below!
First, Dr. Jou explains the importance of keeping our skin hydrated. According to the doctor, just because we have oily skin doesn't mean we should neglect moisturizing it. "You will actually realize that [if you] do not maintain or hydrate the skin, it tends to age faster," he notes.
"It's actually very hot and humid here in the Philippines, so it's unavoidable for your skin to become oily. But if you were to hydrate your skin regularly, your oily skin condition will improve," he continues. Dr. Jou then adds that sometimes, our skin becomes oily because it's dry. By this, he means that our skin is producing more oil to compensate for the lack of moisture. Using too much products that dry your skin out, like those that contain a ton of alcohol for example, actually makes oily skin oilier instead of balancing it.
"There are many products out there that claim to have oil control uses, but the thing about oil control is that, your skin will still continue to produce oil and you are not solving the root of the problem," says Dr. Jou. This is why for oily skin, he recommends using hydrating products in combination with oil-controlling ones to strike a balance. He explains, "When you hydrate your skin, the amount of oil produced can be reduced; and when you use oil control products after, the effect will be better for your skin."
When asked how to best hydrate oily skin, Dr. Jou surprises us with his answer. Apparently, since hydrating skincare won't solve dehydration right away, changing your lifestyle is key to improving your skin. "Consumers often have this misconception that they should use oil control products on their oily skin [to improve it]. But if they do not change their lifestyle, there will be no effect at all," he says. His top tips? Regular exercise and drinking lots of water. Doing those in combination with a good skincare routine will make the biggest difference, he says.
But if you're already exercising and drinking your eight glasses a day, what else should you do? Well, the doctor says that the two most important skincare products to have are: 1) a good makeup remover, and 2) a hydrating sheet mask. The cleanser will remove potential irritants, while the mask will serve as your hydrating step. He recommends Dr. Morita's masks specifically as he claims that these can keep the skin hydrated for up to 12 hours. "I used other ways to ensure that the big hyaluronic acid [molecule] will be able to stay on the surface of our skin for a longer period of time," he says. "When you cleanse your skin well and then hydrate your skin, slowly, your oily skin condition will improve."
DR. MORITA Triple Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Essence Facial Mask, P74, Watsons
Dr. Morita sheet masks are now available in Watsons and SM Beauty.
*This interview has been translated from Mandarin to English.