Having oily skin can be stressful. You spend hours perfecting your makeup to only look like a frying pan 3 hours later. Or you look at photos from your night out and all you can see is your shiny forehead.
The fact that your skin is producing nourishing oils is a good thing. The issue is that, for some of us, it’s the gift that keeps on giving - and not in a good way.
Whether you have oily skin or combination/oily skin, this blog is for you. Continue reading to get our best tips on managing your oily skin.
Why Does Your Skin Get Oily?
First things first. Why does your skin get oily?
Well, oily skin is caused by a natural oil, called sebum, produced from your body to hydrate the face, however too much can lead to oily skin and acne.
There are a variety of factors that can affect the oiliness of your skin.
For instance, dry skin can cause the body to create more oil to hydrate your face, making your skin oily throughout the day.
The oil produced by our skin is actually used to protect the skin from bacteria, therefore, if you don’t maintain a good facial cleansing routine, this can also lead to oily skin.
Even if you do have a regular cleansing routine, the products you use can also lead to oily skin!
If you use harsh chemicals, such as those in synthetically fragranced skin care, the harsh chemicals can dry out your skin, and can sometimes cause the face to produce more sebum.
Other factors such as the products you use in your hair or hormonal changes in your body can also impact how much sebum your face produces.
What Can You Do?
Once you have established the cause of your oily skin, you can get down to fixing it.
1. Get a good cleansing routine.
Washing your face regularly can help you avoid oily skin, add it into your routine along with brushing your teeth. Once in the morning, and once before you go to bed.
2. Avoid harsh chemicals.
Stick to natural, hydrating face washes and stay away from fragranced products, as those contain unnatural compounds, to which the body may react sharply.
3. Moisturize your face after washing.
Avoid using face washes that strip your skin and make sure to moisturize, even if you have oily skin. Moisturizing your face after cleansing is the best time to add moisturizer, as it allows the body to soak more water into the face, leading to better hydration. Hydrated skin sends a message to your oil producing glands that your skin does not need more sebum.
4. Use facial masks.
Facial masks can really help hydrate, and you can even create your own facial masks at home if you are not willing to spend the money!
Using hydrating facial masks once every 2-3 days can really help with oily skin.
5. Avoid harsh materials.
Stay away from rough materials, like washcloths when washing your face, as the irritation can cause your body to produce oil!
The Best Products To Use
Here is a list of some of the best products to use for oily skin
1. Aloe vera based moisturizers
Aloe vera is really good when it comes to hydrating the skin, so getting a moisturizer with aloe vera, like Apple Rose Beauty’s Turmeric + Aloe Moisturizing Treatment, can help reduce natural oil production.
Cucumbers are very hydrating to your skin, so if you ever peel any cucumbers, don't throw them away, place them on your skin for extra hydration!
3. Clay Facial Masks
Clay facial masks, like Apple Rose Beauty’s Charcoal + Hibiscus Exfoliating Mask, are really good for absorbing oil from your face! Use these no more than 3 times as week and always moisturize after as you don't want to dry your skin out, thus creating more oil!
The oil produced by your body is in fact, something natural that is meant to keep the skin as healthy as possible.
A number of factors, however, can lead to excessively oily skin, which can be frustrating.
For this reason, we do advise you to try some of the products/tips we mentioned in this article and see what works best for you.