I got a short email today from one of my readers:
“My skin used to be so oily, I was always complaining about the shine. And now that I’m going through menopause, things have changed. It’s so dry that it feels like my face will crack! I’d like to get some oil back. Any ideas?”
I can relate. My own skin used to be so oily and greasy that I’d never go anywhere without those anti-shine wipes. I swear, I kept that company in business. Of course, it was so long ago that I can’t remember the exact name of the company, but wipes like that are still around, like these.
And yes, I should have listened to my grandmother, who, when I complained about my shiny skin, said: “Oil is good for your skin. It keeps away the wrinkles. One day you’re going to miss it!
Here’s what I know. There are lots of products out there that promise to treat dry skin. One helpful tip to keep in mind, from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is this:
Use only gentle, unscented skin care products. Some skin care products are too harsh for dry, sensitive skin. When your skin is dry, stop using skin care products that contain alcohol, fragrance, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHAs). Avoiding these products will help your skin retain its natural oils. As you get older and your skin gets drier, your skin can become crepey. People tend to focus on products for the face but should look for the best lotion for crepey skin on arms and legs too.
Correspondingly, investing in non-comedogenic skincare products is often strongly recommended for skin that is in need of extra moisture and hydration. For example, a friend of mine has recently told me that using bee naturals oil free moisturizer has helped to soothe her dry skin. Ultimately, it is all about finding skincare products that address your specific skin concerns. If you are not sure and have been looking around for some time, you may want to check out one particular type that can deal with a whole range of skincare products so you aren’t shopping all over the place. Checking out such companies as Aspect Dr skincare to see what they can offer is a starting point for those who want a variety. Don’t stop looking, you’ll find the right products for you.
I recently came across a product called Bio-Oil. It should be called Everything-Oil, because (short of using it to cook, maybe), it can be used for so many things, including the body, face, hair and brown spots, which I wrote about in a prior post.
So, what’s all the fuss about?
- It’s got a light texture.
- It’s non-greasy
- It absorbs rapidly.
- It contains natural botanical extracts like Calendula, Chamomile, Lavender and Rosemary.
- And it contains Vitamins A & E, which can nourish and treat aging and dehydrated skin.
And the best thing is the cost. It won’t cost you an arm and a leg, like some skin care products do. WooHoo. Check in out on Amazon.
And please, as long as you stopped here, feel free to jot down any Beauty Q you want answered. I aim to please.
Irene S. Levine, PhD says
Sounds like a great product to keep handy!