WELL+GOOD posted “In the great oil vs. moisturizer debate, which should you *really* be grabbing when your skin is dry AF?” featuring Dr. Purvisha Patel and Visha Skincare .
The article includes Dr. Patel‘s expert commentary on using facial oil when not a fan of moisturizers.
Now that pictures of football Sundays and apple picking have begun to dominate our Instagram feeds, it means that dehydrated skin season is upon us. As the weather changes, so too do the needs of our skin: We need all the hydration we can get. As far as getting our faces nice and lubed up in order to combat what the cold air is doing to them, we generally have two options—moisturizer and oil. But which one reigns supreme in the battle against dehydrated skin? The answer, to put it simply, is… both.
“A combo of both is truly best,” confirms Natalie White, a skin therapist at Heyday Beverly. She notes that using an oil without a moisturizer can potentially do more harm than good, because your skin may become reliant on it and begin to either under or over-produce its own natural oils, leading to dryness or excessive oiliness. If you don’t love the idea of layering oil on top of your moisturizer, though, she suggests mixing a drop of it into the cream to “enhance your moisturizer and target specific skin conditions.” Or if you really hate moisturizer and are exclusively team facial oil all the way, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Visha Skincare, Purvisha Patel, MD suggests using your cream when your skin is wet so that there’s at least some water present for it to trap beneath your skin.