Oily skin is determined by having a skin type that tends to produce more sebum than normal skin, something that can lead to enlarged and clogged pores. It also means your face will easily appear shiny and be more prone to developing blemishes and breakouts.
Fortunately, you can deal with the problem through a good skincare routine for oily skin. Here are seven tips to keep oily skin at bay!
Up Your Omega-3s
You can address the issue by actively targeting the different triggers for sebum production. For instance, some studies have found a correlation between high consumption of dietary fat and carbs and an increase in sebum production. Additionally, taking omega-3 capsules can also help regulate oiliness to some extent as this helps balance the skin’s oil production. So, it may be worth investigating dietary changes and the introduction of bovine-, fish-based, or even vegan omega 3 supplements to your routine.
Cleanse Twice a Day
The most effective method to reduce excess oil from the skin is to cleanse it regularly. Cleanse your face with warm water at least twice a day, in the morning and evening. This helps remove accumulated oil particles and dirt. Avoid harsh soaps, as they will irritate the skin and also avoid over-cleansing: once in the morning and once at night is enough.
Choose the Right Products
Your choice of skin care products determines the success of your skincare routine. It is important that you choose products that are specifically meant for this certain skin type. For example, the Blue Lagoon products for oily skin are specifically designed for this skin type and include effective ingredients to keep your skin healthy and you pores clean. It is important to choose products that are effective, yet are gentle on your skin- going in too strong can lead to irritation as well as more sebum production.
Exfoliate Once a Week
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and unblocks plugged pores. Chemical exfoliants such as beta hydroxy acid (BHA) and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) effective remove dead skin, leaving your skin super smooth and radiant. AHAs are water-soluble acids, while BHAs are oil soluble. BHAs get deeper into the skin to offer better cleansing, but may irritate the skin more. However, you should not overdo it, as it is likely to cause the skin to become irritated, dry and red. Exfoliate just once a week and do it at night, as exfoliation makes the skin prone to sunburn.
Apply Retinol at Night
Retinol is a retinoid that is derived from vitamin A. It helps deal with various skin-related problems that include uneven texture, hyperpigmentation, photo-aging and fine lines. Retinol also helps in the reduction of sebum production. Apply it at night to give it time to work on the skin and also make sure to gradually incorporate it in your routine, it is very potent!
Use Water-Based Sunscreen
Water-based sunscreens are ultra-lightweight, which helps keep the pores unblocked. They are also non-oily and do not leave a greasy residue. This way, they do not contribute to blocking pores and increasing shine. Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
Use Light Breathable Makeup
Makeup adds an extra layer on your skin and this can potentially block pores, acting in a similar way as dead skin and sebum. So make sure you opt for breathable makeup that is lightweight and allows your skin to breath, so it can release excess sebum from the pores throughout the day.
These few changes can help maximise the benefits of sebum-decreasing skincare habits! What other products do you use for oily skin? I’d love to know! Please share in the comments section!