Anyone with oily skin would relate to the true meaning of the phrase “the grass is greener on the other side” at a very young age. Because, as compared with normal and dry skin types, oily skin is so troublesome to deal with. If hormonal changes were the excuse for acne breakouts during adolescence, some people with oily skin don’t manage to catch a break even in their twenties as this skin type harbours acne-causing bacteria and other factors due to its tendency of producing excess sebum.
Thankfully, the beauty industry has recognised the huge demand for products catering to oily skin requirements, and, today, it is fairly easy to determine a good routine for oily skin that works. Treating oily skin is still tricky though. You might think that stripping away all moisture from the skin is essential, but, on the contrary, regular hydration is what will save your face and eventually make a difference. In any case, we provide you with a guide to keeping oily skin in check with the perfect oily skin care tips that you can easily adopt.
1. Consume adequate amounts of vitamin C and E daily
2. Drink lots of water
3. Wash your face twice a day
4. Do not be harsh with your skin
5. Face masks are ideal
6. Carefully pick multi-tasking and skin-loving base makeup products
7. Keep your beauty routine minimalistic
8. Avoid acne with trusted natural skin care hacks
9. Misting your face will keep excess oil at bay
10. Keep those pores in check
Consume adequate amounts of vitamin C and E daily
Eating right is the cornerstone to maintaining healthy skin. While it is quite difficult to avoid fried foods and other indulgent dishes, you can still create a balance by simply including vitamin-rich foods in your diet as well. Vitamin C is commonly found in most fruits and vegetables, so it is easy to incorporate; it provides a high dose of antioxidants to your skin, which is essential in keeping acne at bay, and it also boosts collagen production. Vitamin E is found in various nuts and seeds and also in leafy vegetables; it helps keep your skin’s moisture levels in check and protects the skin from sun damage.
Tip: Consume an orange, kiwi, grapefruit slice or a bowl of strawberries every day along with a handful of assorted dry fruits like walnuts, pistachios, cashews and almonds.
Drink lots of water
Well, if you don’t hydrate, you might never achieve truly healthy skin. Drinking lots of water will hydrate your body from the inside out. Once you are hydrated, the oil glands in your skin receive a signal from the brain that no excess oil is required to moisten or hydrate the body, and that’s how your skin will be balanced and fresh as there will not be excessive sebum production.
Tip: To make drinking water seem more enticing, cut up a citrus fruit or a cucumber, and put it in your water bottle. Drink at least 2 litres of water a day.
Wash your face twice a day
When you wake up and when you go back to sleep, make sure you wash your face. Twice will do, and a mild face wash is recommended. You could opt for a creamy cleanser in the morning and a soothing gel cleanser for the night.
Tip: Splash cold water on your face before you pat dry with a towel to tighten your pores.
Do not be harsh with your skin
Be it washing your face, exfoliating or applying moisturiser or makeup, do not use too much force. Excessive friction can cause your skin to break out and worsen any inflammation you already have. It can break blood capillaries in skin tissue, which do the job of exchanging oxygen, nutrients and waste tissues between blood cells.
Tip: Patting and applying gentle pressure in small circular motions should be your approach when using skincare or makeup.
Face masks are ideal
You already understand that you need extra care when you have oily skin, and a part of that is enjoying skincare face masks. For this skin type, clay and mud masks are must-haves as they absorb excess oil and impurities. Charcoal masks are always a great bet and can fix any skin problem related to oily skin. And, gel masks or sheet masks are soothing and essential for your skin too.
Tip: Use a clay or mud mask before a shower. Indulge in a gel or sheet mask post your shower. Use a charcoal peel-off mask after you exfoliate your skin with a scrub.
Carefully pick multi-tasking and skin-loving base makeup products
Base makeup has always been an issue for oily skin, because excessive sebum production is back in play, and wearing makeup too long that mixes with the sebum also leads to acne breakouts and a super shiny face that transfers foundation to any surface it touches. Choose matte formulas for foundations or concealers.
Makeup infused with skincare is your only shot at wearing makeup comfortably, so take it. For everyday makeup, skin tints, tinted moisturisers, mattifying BB creams or tinted zinc oxide sunscreens are ideal.
Tip: Dot and blend tinted skincare-infused base makeup on only the areas that need coverage like the under-eye areas, mouth contours, chin and dark spots.
Keep your beauty routine minimalistic
Cutting down on skincare and makeup with smart beauty choices is exactly what you should focus on. Avoid layering on serums at one go, stick to one good serum for the day and another retinol-infused serum or gel for the night. Avoid strobe creams after makeup primer; a dewy foundation should suffice.
Opt for a toner that can also be used as a face mist after applying makeup; rose water is ideal for this. Choose a mattifying (zinc oxide) sunscreen that is tinted, so you can follow a simple CTM routine with SPF without having to worry about discolouration and oiliness.
Tip: A face mist to hydrate your skin at any point of the day and a spray-on sunscreen to rebuild sun protection are ideal for oily skin beauties.
Avoid acne with trusted natural skin care hacks
If ever you lose the battle with oily skin on some days, resort to natural remedies for true healing. When breakouts occur, try mixing half a teaspoon of baking soda with a pea-sized amount of face wash and cleanse your skin. Mixing two drops of tea tree oil with your daily moisturiser will help keep your skin feeling clean and will kill any bacteria that could worsen the breakout. Icing the acne lesion will also help shrink its size and eventually make it disappear.
Tip: Applying turmeric on the pimple will help heal it quickly.
Misting your face will keep excess oil at bay
That’s right! If you don’t drink enough water or if you put yourself through rigorous workouts that increase your body temperature, your skin needs a signal to understand that your body doesn’t need more oil production to be healthy. That’s where a face mist will come in handy.
Spritzing a cooling water mist that could be infused with any soothing ingredients like aloe vera, rose water, essential oils or cucumbers will instantly cool down your face and hydrate your skin lightly. The oil glands will then not produce excess oil because you have already taken care of it.
Tip: Make a mist of 90ml rose water with 10 drops of tea tree oil and five drops of lavender oil.
Keep those pores in check
Always take a close look at your pores. For oily skin, there are always exceptions to the rule of exfoliation. True, it is widely recommended that face scrubs should be used only once a week, but, when you have oily skin, blackheads, whiteheads, acne and accumulation of dirt are more frequent because the pores tend to be larger.
So, feel free to double cleanse with a scrub whenever you see blackheads and follow up with a peel-off mask. If your pores are clear but are looking large, ice your face with a cold compress, metal ice ball or a basic ice cube; this will help shrink them so that it gets harder for bacteria and impurities to settle in your skin.
Tip: If you have just recovered from a breakout, your pores will be large, inflamed and sensitive. A hyaluronic acid-infused sheet mask will help deliver the right kind of hydration and close those troubled dents on your skin.
Q. Why is my favourite oily skin gel moisturiser causing breakouts in the winter?
A. Your skin reacts to cold weather differently, which is why you must opt for a slightly more hydrating formula for the winter. Creamier gels that are lightweight will work, or skin balms with soothing ingredients like aloe vera gel or rose can help you. Vitamin C serums always work year round.
Q. How to freshen my base makeup after it starts getting oily?
A. Use oil blotting papers that are available at any beauty centre or online. After that, you can either mist your face with rose water or dust a mineral powder on your T zone.