If you have oily skin, then you’re not alone! It’s estimated that up to 75% of people, aged 15-20, are affected by oily skin. The symptoms of oily skin include - a shiny or greasy appearance, large or obvious pores, clogged pores and blackheads and frequent breakouts. Oily skin happens when the glands in the skin produce too much sebum. Sebum is a waxy, oily substance that protects and hydrates the skin, but too much can lead to an oily appearance and other skin issues. Having oily skin can be a nuisance and sometimes it feels like nothing will keep the grease at bay, but don’t worry! We’ve put together our top ways to control oil, minimise shine, and refresh your skin in no time:
Wash your face regularly
Washing your face regularly will reduce the amount of oil on your skin and help keep your pores clean to prevent breakouts. It’s best to wash your face morning and night with a gentle cleanser and warm water. You should avoid any soaps with fragrances, alcohol, or harsh chemicals, as they can irritate and dry out the skin, triggering oil production. Rough washcloths and exfoliators can also stimulate the skin to make more oil, so make sure that you use gentle products and pat your face dry carefully with a soft towel after washing.
Use a toner
Toner is especially important for those with oily skin. After cleansing, toner can be used to remove any last traces of dirt, restore your skin's natural PH balance, and tighten your pores to provide a protective barrier from bacteria. This creates a cleaner, less oily complexion and helps prevent blemishes from forming. Make sure that you choose an alcohol-free toner that will be gentle on the skin.
Don’t be afraid to moisturise
A common misconception with oily skin is to avoid moisturiser, as it will lead to a greasier appearance. But this is not true, and can actually lead to the opposite. In fact, sometimes excess oil can mean that your skin is in need of more moisture, and failing to moisturise can cause your skin to overcompensate and produce more oil. It is therefore important to keep skin hydrated and use a moisturiser morning and night. Opt to an oil-free moisturiser that will balance skin and control excess oil. This will help to remedy a greasy complexion and encourage healthy, radiant skin that stays hydrated throughout the day.
Treat your skin to a facial mask
A deep-cleansing facial mask can soak up excess oil and hydrate your skin, resulting in an instantly improved complexion. Look for masks that contain natural ingredients, that will soothe the skin and are less likely to cause reactions or irritation. Try using our new Rose Glowing Potion Mask, which has thenatural oil and extracts of rose petals infusing into the facial masks gel. Rose oil is renowned in the beauty industry for its beauty-enhancing benefits, and the fragrant flower can do wonders for your skin.
Our unique product allows you to get the maximum benefits of natural rose oil, and the face mask provides a nourishing and hydrating experience that will replenish and brighten your skin tone. All of our products are paraben free and dermatologically tested, making them safe for every skin type. For oily skin, we advise that you use this product at least once a week to maintain a healthy, radiant complexion.
Exfoliate your skin weekly
Oily skin can be prone to having a thick layer of dead skin cells that build up on the surface. This can lead to clogged pores and the growth of bacteria, causing breakouts. It is therefore important to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells, clear your pores, and renew your skin’s surface. However, it’s important to remember that over-exfoliation can also cause skin issues, so make sure to be gentle and do not scrub your skin in a harsh manner.
Control shine with blotting papers
One of the easiest ways to control oil and shine is by using blotting papers, which are specially designed absorbent papers that pull oil from the skin. They come in a slim paper case, so you can easily fit them your handbag and then discreetly use them throughout the day as and when needed. You could also try using cloth pads that are medicated with cleansing ingredients, such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid. These will help remove excess oil, while cleansing the pores and skin.
Protect your skin from the sun
Thick sunscreens can be difficult for people with oily skin, as the creamy lotion will add more oiliness to your skin and can block your pores. However, it’s vital to protect your skin from the sun and so you should be wearing sun protection with an SPF of at least 30, daily. When you’re buying sun protection look for oil-free options, and products designed specifically for those with oily skin.
It can be difficult to care for oily skin, but follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to achieving a beautiful, clear, and shine-free complexion in no time!