So, what's the difference?
Oily shine is caused by excessive sebum on skin while dewy shine is a sign of healthy skin, says Dr Jean Ho, consultant dermatologist at Jean Ho Skin and Laser Clinic and visiting consultant dermatologist at KK Women's and
ln excessively oily skin, the build up of sebum results in coarse skin. You'll also have enlarged pores, blackheads, pimples and irregular pigmentation, says Dr Ho. Dewy skin has the right balance of sebum to maintain skin hydration. Dr Ho says healthy skin has a radiant glow because of regulated cell renewal and skin metabolism. lt is smooth, even-toned and generally blemish-free.
GET THE BALANCE RIGHT
DON'T WASH EXCESSIVELY
Using astringents, foaming washes and mattifying lotions will strip skin of moisture, says Dr Ho. This increases sebum production as the skin tries to replenish lost lipids, resulting in greasier skin. Instead, wash twice a day with an oil-free cleanser with a pH of 4.5 to 5.5.
MOISTURISE DAILY - BUT WITH RESTRAIN
Especially if you have oily skin. Always choose an oil-free, water-based product. GO OIL-FREE For sunscreen and makeup (particularly blusher and foundation), so as not to clog your pores.
FIX THE OIL PROBLEM
Dr Ho suggests using products that regulate skin renewal, remove dead skin cells and regulate sebum production, and to use mattifying gels in moderation. For long-term oil control, look for skincare with sulphur, zinc oxide, niacinamide, salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), which regulate sebum production and improve skin cell turnover. lf your sebum condition is severe, see your doctor about using contraceptive pills, anti-androgens or retinoids that act directly on sebaceous glands to reduce oil production.