Skincare Tips For Oily Skin
October 28, 2017
In this week’s article we’re going to give you the low down on how to take your skin from oil to flawless, if you get that 3pm glow in all the wrong places, read on babe, you’re in the right spot.
Unfortunately, our skin types are not something we necessarily have much control over, it comes down to genetics and hormones, although lifestyle has a big part as well, and that’s where your habits and routines come in to play.
Oily skin can be both a blessing and a curse, on one hand you have to deal with the dreaded T-zone slick that needs to be blotted, makeup that slides off a mere 2 hours after application and troublesome black head and zits. Although it’s not all bad, those with an oily type generally age much slower, with fine lines and wrinkles developing much later in life due to the skin being much thicker. Our oily skin babes also have the benefit of looking healthy, dewy and glowy all year round without the need for highlighter, not just on a hot,humid, summer’s day.
Oily skin is primarily caused by excess sebum, which is the skin’s natural oil production. This often the main reason for blemishes to occur, as the sebum combines with dead skin cells the surface and forms a sticky substance that gets trapped in your pores and encourages to multiply… hello blackheads. Overactive sebaceous glands are believed to be by genetics or an imbalance of testosterone to estrogen in the body. The best way to the excess sebum, blackheads and clogged pores in by exfoliating regularly. It can be quite difficult for dead skin cells to shed from the skin when they are covered in oil, so the importance of exfoliation cannot be stressed enough.
There are 2 main types of exfoliation, physical and chemical. We recommend a mix of both for optimum results. For a physical exfoliation you can use a good quality scrub such as our Citrus Facial Scrub, a coffee scrub, or an exfoliating mitt. For a chemical exfoliation you can use a product containing AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) which are derived from all natural plant and fruit sugars. We like Liquid Gold by Alpha H or Probiotics Skin Refiner by The Beauty Chef. Chemical exfoliation is not as scary as it sounds, it’s actually quite gentle leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. It aids in increasing cell turnover more rapidly, removes dead skin cells and sebum from the skin’s surface. It is very important not to it, we recommend exfoliating the delicate skin on your face 3-4 times a week after cleansing thoroughly.
Those with oily skin often choose to skip moisturiser, assuming their skin is moisturised enough, which is a big skincare mistake. Every skin type needs moisturiser to hydrate and balance out the skin. Applying moisturisers and serums will not make your skin greasier,avoiding moisturisers is actually doing your oily skin a terrible disservice as a lack of hydration can cause oil production to go into overdrive to compensate, exacerbating theexcess oil issue.Another common skincare blunder of those with oily skin is cleansing too often and with products that are too harsh. It is optimum to cleanse twice per day, once in the morning and again before bed. Be sure to choose a product that isn’t going to dry out your skin and further dehydrate it, as this too will cause the natural oil production in your skin to ramp up to counteract the drying out of the cleanser. It is often best to avoid any products that are specifically formulated for oily skin as these can be way too harsh and even counteractive.Other than exfoliating, moisturising and cleansing you can keep your skin’s oil production at by drinking plenty of water, a minimum of 2 litres per day is necessary. It is also a good idea to avoid touching your face with your hands, washing off makeup consistently to avoid clogging pores unnecessarily, eating a balanced diet high in leafy greens and whole foods and avoiding high sugar content, processed foods.