If You Have Oily Skin…
Although those with oily skin might question the importance of adding more hydration to the face even in the winter, Rouleau insists it’s still non-negotiable. “Those with oily skin must use moisturizer—no matter what. You still need water-based hydration to prevent the skin from pushing out more oil due to water loss, just not oil-based hydration,” she says. Rouleau suggests a hydrator with zinc oxide for sun protection during the day due to its thin, matte feel.
Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of her namesake skincare collection, also hailed the benefits of zinc for oily types. “Zinc in thermal water keeps the skin balanced and prevents the skin from going into major oil production once the dry months begin,” says Vargas. She also suggests looking for products with aloe barbadensis gel—an oil-free ingredient that delivers hydration to keep cells moist with water.
As for ingredients to avoid, Rouleau cautions against any moisturizer with alcohol “that can be very dehydrating for oily skin types,” and petrolatum that “may encourage clogged pores and congestion.”