Recently, I heard a friend say she would much rather deal with oily skin (opposed to dry) because she’ll “age better” as she gets older. But I wondered if this was actually true. After all, oily skin would likely result in more moisturized skin, so wouldn’t that equal less wrinkles? But it turns out, that’s not necessarily true.
Women with oily skin do age differently than those with dry skin, but it’s not always for the better. Celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau says that oily skin tends to be thicker and less prone to dehydration, which definitely leads to less fine lines, but on the flipside, can result in deeper lines and larger pores.
On the other hand, women with dry skin tend to have smaller pores, but deal with dull, flaky skin that has a crinkly appearance to it. So who in fact ages better? The answer is split down the middle-normal or combination skin. “The one that ages best is not one extreme or the other, but takes the best of both skin types,” says Rouleau.
Now, women with oily skin also tend to think they don’t need to use a moisturizer, but on the contrary-they do. And on a daily basis “to lock in the natural moisture of the skin,” says New York dermatologist Eric Schweiger, MD. “In addition, if you forget to moisturize, the skin can sometimes overproduce oil, making it appear more oily.”
The key is to find a moisturizer that’s right for your skin type. Rouleau recommends one that is lightweight and oil-free, while Dr. Schweiger adds that those containing sunscreen will help prevent collagen breakdown, premature aging and skin cancer.
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