Dealing with oily skin is a slippery slope. Here’s how to handle oily skin flawlessly.
Gorgeous in the morning, and greasy in the afternoon – sounds familiar? You’re not alone! Tons of people share the oily skin type – which means the sebaceous (oil-producing) glands of your skin are overactive. Our skin needs a small amount of oil to stay soft and moisturised. But when the sebaceous glands produce more oil than required, the end result is shiny, greasy skin.
Usually, your hormones decide how much oil these glands will produce (which is why most people have to deal with oily skin in their teenage years)!
Other than that, your skin may also get oily because of:
- Your menstrual cycle – also related to hormones
- Genetic factors
- Physical or emotional stress
- Warm or humid weather
- Using too much makeup or harsh products
- Touching your face a lot
- Eating too many sugary foods
But you don’t need to worry! Most experts agree that oily skin ages slowly, with fewer wrinkles. Plus, managing oily skin is pretty easy. Here are a few lifestyle hacks for living with oily skin.
You may be tempted to wash off all that excess oil repeatedly. But over-washing strips your face of the oils it needs, and only triggers more oil production! Stick to washing your face twice a day, with a gentle face wash.
Exfoliating too much will also push your skin to produce more oil. So, only exfoliate once or twice a week, with a mild cleanser.
Use only lukewarm water for washing, since hot water will irritate the skin further. Make sure your scrubs and towels are soft, too!
We recommend: CLEAN & CLEAR® FOAMING Face Wash, to keep your skin clean and non-greasy, gently.
Use Makeup in Moderation
Using long-wear foundations, concealers, or heavy makeup can do more harm than good by clogging your pores. Try keeping your skin bare and free to breathe on some days. And always remember to remove your makeup before you sleep!
To reduce shine, try using blotting papers/tissues/paper towels to absorb oil. They work like a charm without clogging your pores!
People with oily skin often shy away from moisturisers, fearing that their skin will become greasier. Bad idea! Moisturising your skin is essential if you want it to be healthy. Choose an oil-free moisturiser to keep your skin non-greasy and hydrated. For best results, apply moisturiser once or twice a day, within three minutes of washing your face.
We recommend: CLEAN & CLEAR® OIL FREE MOISTURISER
Your diet can make or break your skin! Avoid saturated fats (oily, fried, junk food) and eat more of the good fats – omega-3 fatty acids – which is found in nuts, dry fruits, seeds, eggs, and fish. Sugary food (like that dessert after every meal) can also cause oily skin, so stay clear!
Choose the Right Products
Choosing gentle, oil-free, and non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores) products is winning half the battle against oily skin. Avoid astringents, harsh soaps, and alcohol-based products because these can irritate the skin and cause breakouts. Always test a small sample of a product before including it in your skincare routine.