How To Care For Oily Skin That's Dry

The multitude of skincare products out there these days can be overwhelming, but it's a little bit easier to filter through the madness when you at least know your skin type and needs. But if you feel like your skin is multiple types, then things start to get complicated. For example, what do you do if you have oily skin that is also super dry? I mean, that is an oxymoron if there ever was one. Don't worry — your problem is a lot simpler than it sounds, and is actually pretty common.

If you have oily skin, you're probably pretty adept at caring for it by now, but there might be certain times (especially in the winter with that super cold weather) that your skin feels simultaneously oily and dry. You might feel like you're going crazy because that basically defies logic, but you aren't. If you see your normal oil/shine on your skin, but your face feels tight, it's not dry — it's actually dehydrated. It doesn't sound like there's much of a difference between the two, but there definitely is.

While both dry and dehydrated skin might feel similar, they are treated in different ways. Dry skin lacks natural oil, so it needs it added through products. If you have oily skin, you already have plenty of that oil, so what your skin is lacking is moisture. Instead, you need water to help rehydrate your skin and get rid of that tight feeling.

Stick to products, like these seven to shop, that are oil-free, but offer moisture and hydration.

1. Hydrating Cleanser

CeraVe, $11, Walgreens

Lay off the acne-fighting cleansers and switch to a hydrating cleanser until your skin is rehydrated.

2. Moisturizing Night Lotion

CeraVe, $16, Walgreens

It's super important to let your skin repair while you sleep, so choose a moisturizing lotion for night.

3. Hydrating Mist

Derma E Hydrating Mist, $11, Amazon

Skincare isn't just for the morning and night — help your skin stay hydrated all day long with a facial spray.

4. 24 Hour Lotion

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Awakening Eye Cream, $29, Amazon

You want that hydration to last as long as possible.

5.Hydrating Cream

Ponds Bio-Hydratante Light Hydrating Cream, $27, Amazon

Cream is generally heavier than lotion, but this one is light enough that it won't clog pores.

6. Hydrating Serum

Boots Expert Sensitive Hydrating Serum, $8, Amazon

Use a serum before your moisturizer to lock in hydration.

7. Hyaluronic Acid

MyChelle Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum, $41, Amazon

Hyaluronic Acid is amazing for restoring moisture to skin, so you definitely want to add it into your routine.

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