If you care about your skin you definitely know how life-changing it can be to build a regime that perfectly suits your skin type. Oily skin is the best example of this: you need to know the correct formulas, ingredients, and products to avoid shine and keep breakouts at barrier.
But before we outline the perfect regime for oily skin, you need to understand the characteristics and properties of oily skin:
What it looks like: Typically, oily skin has larger visible pores and you’ll be more prone to blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples.
Why its oily: Our body naturally produces oil called sebum, which keeps our skin soft and supple. However, the more sebum our body produces, the bigger the oil glands get, which increases the size of our pores. All that excess oil created sits on the surface of the skin. Oily skin can be hereditary, but it can also be a result of a hormone change triggered by your period, pregnancy or as a result of lifestyle choices.
The Ultimate Routine For Oily Skin Includes:
- Cleanse every morning and night
The first step to a good regime is gentle cleansing, both in the morning and evening, as it’ll relieve oiliness. Although, in the evening it’s advisable to double cleanse (with an oil and then a foam or gel), as by cleansing twice you’ll ensure that all the dirt, oil, and dead skin is properly removed.
Toning is an integral step in all skincare regimes as it helps restore the skin’s pH balance, which will help control oil production. A good toner will tighten your pores, making them appear smaller while also removing any impurities lying on the surface of the skin. If you have oily skin you should also look for natural ingredients like chamomile, rose or ginseng to tighten your skin and reduce inflammation.
A lot of people with oily skin don’t moisturize as they assume that moisturizing will make their skin even greasier, but if your skin is dehydrated it can actually produce more oil. So, by using a moisturizer it will help to rebalance moisture levels and oil production. Look for gel moisturizers that have a water-like texture and are super lightweight, as these contain the lowest amount of oil, waxes, and emulsifiers. Also check to see if they’re non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog pores.
- Never forget SPF
We can’t stress how important it is to use SPF on a daily basis. Sun damage is one of the main contributors to skin damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation. And although you may think that slapping on a thick sunscreen is going to wreak havoc on your skin, it’ll actually help reduce the appearance of acne scars and hyperpigmentation, which if left unprotected, won’t be able to fade.
- Use a retinol
Although the prospect of using a retinol may scare some, oily skin actually tolerates retinol the best. Dermatologists swear by retinol and insist that you should incorporate retinol into your routine from as early on as your 20s. Retinol is a form of vitamin A, which thickens the deeper layer of your skin, smooths out wrinkles by increasing collagen production and helps decrease oil production, tightening pores and improving acne-prone skin.
Retinol should only be used at night and needs to be introduced into your regime slowly. Start using it two or three times a week for the first month (it can make skin dry at first, so decrease use if this happens), and as your skin gets used to it, you can increase to nightly use.
Exfoliation should be an essential step in all beauty routines, but if you have oily skin it’s a must as it’ll help rid your face of any dirt or dead skin that’s blocking your pores. Try to avoid harsh scrubs and over-drying skin as this will result in your skin increasing its own natural production of oil to compensate for the dryness caused by products.
- Use a purifying mask
Face masks are one of the most underused products, not because we don’t love them, but because most of us view masks as a weekly or fortnightly activity, when in fact you can use them every day. Of course, if you use the same mask every day, it may overwhelm your skin, so we like to mask three times a week, alternating between soothing masks, extracting masks, purifying masks, and hydrating masks.
For oily skin, we recommend doing at least two masks a week – one soothing mask and one detoxifying mask. More specifically a detoxifying clay mask, as clay has antiseptic and astringent properties, which will help remove oil from your pores. We recommend BRUL HERBALS Detoxifying Facial Mask, which contains Australian Pure White and Green Clay, Green Tea and Lavender, that’ll absorb oil and fight acne-inducing bacteria.
To soothe and hydrate the skin, we use BRUL HERBALS Hydrating Facial Mask, which contains Australian Pure White Clay, Chamomile, Calendula and Oats. All together they help gently draw out impurities.
- Do a weekly steam
The steam works to heat up the skin and causes waxy solid buildup to liquefy and drain out of the pore. This process removes dirt, bacteria and makeup residue that can lead to acne. We recommend doing a weekly steam, especially during the winter months – it helps to clean out your sinuses too, which is kind a gross but totally necessary.
- Watch your diet
Need to avoid dairy as it’s an inflammatory, which can trigger acne because it promotes redness and swelling. The main culprit is the milk proteins in cow’s milk, which have been shown to trigger breakouts; instead, try to substitute it with almond or coconut milk. Also, plain Greek yogurt or kefir are rich in probiotics that contain healthy bacteria to fight inflammation and promote better skin.
Let us know if you have any other skin concerns that you need help with, in the comments below.
Cheers to your well-being!