Beauty Myths No.5 – if you have oily skin you don’t need to moisturise

I beg to differ.

The biggest mistake people with oily/combination skin make is to try and ‘strip’ the skin during the cleansing stage – to the point where it squeaks (faints) – and then not apply anything else on top and just go.

Your face is not a shampoo advert. You cannot just ‘wash’n’go’.

For the more lubricated of us:

  1. Cleanse your face with a good non-foaming cleanser (oil/balm/gel – no mineral oil and no fairy liquid).
  2. Exfoliate with an acidic toner.
  3. Spray hydrate.
  4. Apply a light water-based serum to target specific skin conditions (ageing, pigmentation, scarring/dehydration etc) if that is a concern.
  5. Apply either a moisturiser (am) or a facial oil (pm) designed for your skin type.

Use serums to treat your skin condition.

Use moisturisers/facial oils to treat your skin type.


Washing your face and going out with nothing on it is akin to leaving the house butt-naked. 
Frankly, you should be arrested on sight.

Coming up: the difference between skin conditions and skin types.