Oily skin tends to produce more sebum than necessary, leading to a greasy, shiny-looking face and skin problems like pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, blocked or enlarged pores, etc.
There are many reasons for this: It’s actually genetic predisposition that plays a major role in determining your skin type. But other factors — such as stress and hormonal fluctuations, an unhealthy lifestyle or other external influences like environment and weather can also exacerbate oily skin.
The Signs Of Oily Skin
(i) Shiny Skin: Skin appears to have a greasy film.
(ii) Enlarge pores: Extra sebum and dead skin cells can get trapped inside the skin pores, which causes walls of the skin pores expand permanently.
(iii) Sallow Complexion: Greasy skin does not have good circulation, so the complexion often looks sallow.
(iv) Blemishes In The T-zone: The skin is affected by impurities, especially the area on forehead, nose and chin
The obvious solution for managing oily skin is to keep the oil secretion from your skin in control. But the question is how to do this? Read on here to find our ultimate Oily Skin Care Tips for changing your skin complexion from greasy and slick looking to a glowing one.
But before I share with you these tips, you should know something positive about oily skin. Oily skin is less susceptible to wrinkles and other signs of ageing due to the fact that the oil tends to lock the moisture into the outermost layer of your skin.
Now, without wasting any time further, I am sharing with you the best 7 oily skin care tips.
Clean Your Skin
Thorough cleansing is particularly important for oily skin. Your skin should feel soft, not tight, after washing. Cleanse your face twice or thrice everyday to remove all the accumulated dirt and oil build-up, which can otherwise cause clogged pores, pimples etc. Gel-based or foaming cleansers are the most appropriate for oily skin. Choose cleansers/face washes that are oil-free. You may also try medicated soaps for cleansing oily skin. Refrain from using abrasive cleansing techniques, as they are likely to strip your skin of its natural moisture, resulting in to the sebaceous glands producing more oil.
Go Easy On The Toner
Instead of using toner daily, use it not more than twice a week. Avoid using an astringent (usually it contains drying alcohols, menthol, camphor, or peppermint). Although they can dehydrate the skin’s surface temporarily, but they can be irritating, causing skin to produce more oil.
We recommend using a good quality alcohol-free toner and if you are a natural product lover here are some of the best homemade toner recipes for oily skin.
Scrubbing is Good for Oily Skin
Consider exfoliating oily skin once or twice per week. The excessive sebum produced results in to dead skin cells on the skin’s surface, leading to pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and a dull-looking skin. To get rid of dirt and dead skin cells and repair your skin’s surface, as well as to avoid breakouts, incorporate exfoliation in your skin care regime. However, remember to be gentle and refrain from scrubbing your skin hard.
Face Masks After Exfoliation Are Highly Effective
Consider applying a facemask after exfoliation. Here are the most effective homemade facemasks for oily skin.
Do Not Skip Moisturizer
One of the biggest mistakes oily-skinned people make is skipping moisturizer. It’s important to moisturize even oily skin to keep its barrier intact. The primary functions of outer layer of your skin are to block external irritants (like bacteria or UV rays) and maintain the necessary moisture inside.
But make sure not to use creams with heavy-duty ingredients like shea butter or coconut oil. No doubt they’re beneficial for dry skin, but they are known to clog pores on oily skin. Instead choose lightweight lotions or serums containing hyaluronic acid or glycerin. Both act like micro-sponges to draw moisture into the skin and retain it there.
Tip: Look for an oil-free, non-comedogenic, water-based moisturizer.
Makeup For Oily Skin
For oily skin, steer clear of pore-clogging foundations that feel heavy. Choose lighter textures and look for keywords such as oil-control or mattifying. And if there’s only a little oil, which you want to cover up, opt for powder over foundation. Irrespective of the product you use, remember to remove makeup before you go to sleep, or even better, remove it when you come home, so that your skin can breathe.
Wear Sunscreen Always
Just like any other type of skin, oily skin too needs sun protection. I have seen many people skip sunscreen fearing that it will make their skin look greasier. This can cause brown spots, pigmentation and freckles due to sun exposure.
Tip: Look for a gel-based sunscreen formulated specially for oily skin, which leave your face matte and provides adequate sun protection.
More Tips For Oily Skin
(i) Avoid eating junk and sugary foods.
(ii) Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and flush out toxins.
(iii) Eat at least one fruit every day and include green, leafy vegetables in your diet.