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How Does an Oil Free Moisturizer Work?

Moisturizers are a crucial part of any skin care routine.  Regardless of your skin type, your skin needs to be well moisturized in order to function properly and give you that glow you so eagerly want to have.  Of course, like many other types of skin care products moisturizers come with a wide range of different options.  One of the most common types of moisturizers we’ve been seeing lately, kind of the ‘buzz’ of the moisturizing world, is the rise in oil free moisturizers.  We know you’ve likely considered using one, or may be currently using an oil free formula.  But we also realize you may be thinking…how does an oil free moisturizer work?  So we’re taking this opportunity to share a bit about that.

Ok, so the reason many moisturizers do contain oil is it’s been found to help the skin better retain the moisture and stay hydrated after use.  The oils in moisturizers are essential there to help establish a barrier of sorts on your skin to lock the moisture and hydration into the skin.  However, if you have an oily skin type you’re likely trying to control the amount of oil you have on your skin.  Those that already have more oil production in their skin, don’t need to add any additional oil through the use of certain skin care products.  This is why oil free moisturizers have become so popular in the skin care world.  The option to choose an oil free moisturizer is great for those with oily skin, so you can still benefit from the use of a moisturizer but not have to worry about adding any additional oil to your skin in the process.  Talk about a win, right?

So you know that the oils in traditional moisturizers are in place to help create that essential barrier…you’re probably wondering what oil free moisturizers do then, right?  We’re glad you asked!  Well as it turns out oil free moisturizers work in the same way, to create that essential barrier to lock in the moisture and hydration to your skin after applying the product.  But instead of the use of an oil, they use different ingredients that have been found to help create a similar barrier.  Typically, you’ll find that oil free moisturizers replace the oil with things like silicone or hydrogenated polyisobutene.  These particular ingredients have been found to function in a very similar way that oils do, to allow you to have that barrier without the oil.  Additionally, oil free moisturizers typically have a substance called hygroscopic in them.  These have been found to help lock moisture into the skin without adding any more oil into them.

Essentially, the way oil free moisturizers work is by simply replacing the oil found in moisturizers with a few key ingredients that function like oils to give you the same benefits without any of the added oil to your skin.  Pretty cool, right?  Fortunately, there are now plenty of oil free moisturizing products available – you’re sure to find an option that works for you and your skin.

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