24 Jun '11, 9pm

Beat the grease: But how can we hydrate oily skin while keeping it matte and blemish-free? Emollients containing...

In the perennial humidity and heat of our little tropical isle, sebum production goes into overdrive, which, in turn, prompts women to reach for that astringent toner, mattifying powders and blotting papers. But what many don't realise is that over-mattifying the skin and skipping the all-important moisturiser can strip away precious moisture from the skin's surface, prompting sebaceous glands to produce even more sebum. So you end up with skin that's shiny on the outside, but thirsty on the inside. Pick moisture, not oil Contrary to popular belief, a high sebum level does not equate to hydrated skin. The moisture content in the skin is what keeps cells healthy, while sebum is an oily substance that coats the skin's surface to prevent moisture loss. The dangers of depriving skin of both moisture and surface sebum are not merely dehydration lines and a taut complexion, but ...

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