Oil. It’s a word that strikes fear into the heart of any woman who has ever had a pimple on her face. I was raised in the Sea Breeze years myself; the squeakier clean you could make your skin, the less of a chance you’d get zits.
With all due respect to Sea Breeze (which still gives me a cool thrill in the summer), at a certain age, it began drying out my skin, causing it to produce more oil. I remember the first time I heard that balancing the level of oil in your skin was the only way to prevent either producing too much or not enough. That was the first time I experimented with facial oils.
Now, to be clear, my skin is combination (dry on the cheeks, oily in the t-zone), so I’m not ready to slather oil all over. But I did start mixing a few drops of one (Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, $50, Sephora) into my nighttime moisturizer. And I’ve found that I wake up to much better hydrated cheeks; with no extra oil along my t-zone.
As the rest of my face inevitably dries out, who knows? I may start applying it all over.