Living with an oily skin is a bit of a challenge; a shiny T-zone after every few minutes, black spots and a higher risk of skin infection. Unfortunately, a good number of people rely on skin care routines that cause more harm than good, for example using harsh cleansers. Skin care routine for an oily skin is a bit more intensive than caring for other types of skin. What you do in the morning will affects the state of your skin the whole day. When going to bed at night, you need to ensure that the skin is breathing as freely as possible and well-nourished for repair and rejuvenation.
Many people will mistake dehydrated skin for oily skin. Skin dehydration will occur for a variety of reasons including insufficient water intake, lack of sleep, too much alcohol or coffee and so on. To ensure that you are not suffering from a dehydrated skin, try a richer moisturizer and a gentle cleanser.
An ideal morning skin care routine for oily skin should seek to mattify the skin rather than strip off the oil. Stripping only sends a signal to the skin to produce more oil. What should you include in your morning routine?
- Use a facial clay cleanser – This will deep clean your face and remove the excess oil buildup of the night. A clay type cleanser mattifies the skin complexion.
- Exfoliate – Use a face scrub to exfoliate. An oily skin needs 3-4 times exfoliation skins per week. This ensures that skin pores remain open and prevents blocking and inflammation.
- Use a face mask- Take about 15 minutes to apply a face mask. This pulls out dirt, dead cells, and oils. Do this 3-4 times a week.
- Apply moisturizer- Oily skin needs moisturizer as well. Look for a brand with Aloe Vera water and hyaluronic acid.
- Apply primer – Doing this gives a smooth surface to do your makeup. Add on a little bit extra on your T-zone.
Your evening skincare routine for oily skin should aim at keeping the pores clear and rebalancing oil production.
- Double cleanse for at least 30 seconds to get rid of grime and excess oil. A cleanser with salicylic acid helps dissolve excess oil and dead cells
- Steam on every 3rd night to keep pores clear. This is simply keeping your face above steaming water for at least 15 minutes.
- Use a clay mask on specific pimples to draw out the debris in them
- Ensure to keep a clean pillow
Remember to make regular visits to a skin care specialist because oily skin demands that extra attention to avoid inflammation and pimples.