People always admire me as, “Your skin looks so heavy with dew.” But the truth is, I always think my skin is oily, not dewy, so the question is are they really different? I visited a dermatologist to find out about my skin is it actually dewy or it is just my suspicions of having oily skin.
How does the dewy skin look like?
So, theoretically, “dewy” is not a term of medical. The term got popularized by skincare community and social media. Dewy skin typically looks glowing, it feels like the skin is reflecting the light. Dewy skin has become a goal for everyone’s since Glossier launched in 2014.
The glow, no-makeup look AKA the dewy look has captured everyone’s attention. Glossier’s slogan is “Skin First, Makeup Second,” and the color idealistic pink were on every timeline and every skin influencer on videos of YouTube.
Fast-forwarding to 2022 and you will notice that dewy skin is STILL the final skin goal, from the trend of selfies of “glass skin” to highlighting makeup tutorials everywhere.
What Signs does oily skin have?
Everyone produces a natural oil called sebum, the excess production of sebum tells that you have oily skin.
According to Dr. Campbell “Oily skin is influenced by hormones which determine oil production and make the skin oily”.
Your oily glands working overtime can be annoying as hell. Some overactive oily glands could be out of your control, for example if you live in a humid area for a year-round, or even genetics.
On the other hand, sometimes combination skins could also be mistaken for oily skin. The only way to tell the difference is by observing at your t-zone and cheeks. If an overall shininess or breakouts is noticed on your forehead, then your skin is oily. Furthermore, if you come with oiliness just around your t-zone then you have combination skin.
There are few things that could in your control when it comes to oiliness. These are the types of products you use. Avoid those products that strip your natural oils and thick creams from your skin that could clog your pores.
The difference between dew-covered and oily skin?
The most effective difference between moist skin and oily skin is really based on perception. While the oily glands tend to be overenthusiastic in their job of moisturizing the skin, it gives me a complexion that imitates light off my cheekbones, which is lovely.
Those people with normal to combination skin can also achieve that same effect. But not everyone enjoys the reflected light skin all the time and that is totally acceptable. You have your own goals for your skin.
How to look dewy but not oily?
Just Exfoliate, exfoliate, and exfoliate.
According to Dr. Campbell, “Moist skin is typically a skin that has been exfoliated and it has a top layer of stratum corneum also known as dead skin cells removed,”
Now, the important is how to exfoliate the skin. If we Over exfoliate, it may cause damage the top layer and cause micro-cuts, especially if exfoliating scrubs are used.
The Dr. Campbell recommends are, you can exfoliate your skin if you wash your face with glycolic a few times in a week. In addition, you can also remove dead skin cells with the help of retinoids which will speed up the regeneration of skin cells.
Moisturize the skin daily and follow Dr. Campbell’s suggestions to give your skin that healthy glow that is always dreamed by Glossier girls.