When it comes to our skin, one thing that’s for certain is that no two people are the same. Some have dimples, some have freckles, some have moles and birthmarks, some have skin with a lot of melanin and others have skin with a little melanin. Just like the beauty of its appearance, skin type also differs from person to person, each of which requires a different method of care. For all my oily skin lovelies, we know how hard it can be to manage; but with a great oily skin care routine, carefully selected products and a consistent approach, you can have a healthy complexion that looks glowy without being greasy. So, if you’re wondering how to treat oily skin, you will definitely want to read on!
If you have oily skin, your skin may appear shiny and get greasier throughout the day due to overactive glands. You’ll be more prone to acne breakouts and blackheads where your skin is the oiliest and your pores will be visibly enlarged, especially on your nose and T-zone.
Oily skin is primarily down to our genetic makeup, although there are some other reasons why our skin may produce more oil at certain times. You may produce more oil when you are stressed, as a result of your diet, during your menstrual cycle, or you could just be using products that don’t suit your skin type.
Understanding your oily skin is the key to managing it; once you restore the imbalance, you are on your way to having the healthy and bright complexion you have always wanted. One thing to remember though, you cannot eliminate oily skin altogether. By using the best skin care products for oily skin in conjunction with the best skin care routine for oily skin, you’ll be able to control it.
One question we get asked a lot working in the skincare industry is ‘what skincare routine is best for oily skin?’ Well, many people fail to realise that it’s not just the oily skin routine that you may need to look at, but also the products you are using within it. You can’t just use any product you pick up on your high street and expect it to work wonders for your skin, many of these are not tailored for skin conditions such as oily skin. Making sure you find the right products to manage oily skin is the first step to perfecting your skin care routine.
To help make things a little easier, we’ve put together a product and routine guide for those finding it challenging to manage oily skin.
One of the most important things you can do for your oily skin is to cleanse your skin when you wake up (and when you go to bed). Washing your face with water just won’t be enough, even if your skin still feels fresh from your skincare routine the night before. During your sleep, your skin is busy shedding skin cells and producing oils, which is why we recommend an exfoliating cleanser.
It sounds unbelievable, but the best way to get rid of excess oil is with an oil-based product! Steer clear of alcohol-based products because they’ll strip your skin completely, removing all the goodness out of your skin.
Once your skin is cleansed and clean from last night’s sleep build-up, you should follow with an exfoliating toner that’s non-abrasive and designed especially for oily skin. Not only do exfoliating toners tackle oil, but they sweep away dead skin cells to rid your skin of fine lines and blocked pores resulting in a brighter and more youthful complexion.
Opt for a toner that contains one or a combination of acids, like salicylic acid, glycolic acid or lactic acid. Even people with sensitive skin and rosacea can use exfoliating toners, as long as they use a gentle formulated product.
The skin around your eyes is very delicate, which is why it is important to opt for a light eye cream that absorbs quickly into your skin to start your day.
Our Naira under eye cream is perfect for all types of skin, including oily skin. This beautifully soft and non-greasy cream helps to turn back the hands of time, gently tackling fine lines and crow’s feet, as well as reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
Although there is a misconception that if you have oily skin you don’t need to or shouldn’t moisturise, moisturising your skin is actually a crucial step. Your skin can actually become more oily by not moisturising. All types of skin need to be moisturised, you just need to find the right product to do so.
We recommend a light moisturiser for oily skin, that hydrates your skin but doesn’t encourage oil production. It’s okay for your moisturiser to contain oils, as long as they are good oils that don’t encourage more sebum production (without oils, your skin will produce more of its own, leading to a more oily complexion). Our Aahana Light day cream is designed to perfection; this magic jar of lightweight cream will moisturise deep into the layers of the skin, protect against overproduction of oils, and help to keep your complexion looking youthful, vibrant and silky smooth to touch.
SPF is your best friend, and should be worn every day, rain or shine! UVA rays play a big role in wrinkle formation and other premature signs of skin ageing, as well as being a big contributor to skin cancer, alongside UVB rays. For people with oily skin, choose a lightweight, non-shiny, and mattifying sunscreen.
We don’t recommend choosing a moisturiser that contains SPF, but instead, use a high-level SPF sun cream separately after moisturising, and reapply it every few hours. The reason behind this is that moisturisers and sunscreens have two completely different purposes – moisturisers are designed to penetrate deep into the skin, whereas sunscreens are designed to form a protective barrier on the top of the skin to protect against sun damage. A 2-in-1 moisturiser with SPF will be a compromise on both the hydration and protective fronts.
If you’re wearing makeup during the day, try a refreshing face mist with SPF to top up your protection every few hours, which doesn’t need rubbing, so your makeup will remain intact!
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