With summer officially here, narrowing down the right skincare routine for your skin type is absolutely necessary. So this week it’s all about Oily skin. Now having this skin type can definitely require you to give your skin some TLC since we’re not only dealing with a dreaded shiny face brought on by hot weather alone. Oh no, we’re dealing with an excess of oil on our entire face or T-zone throughout the day, and for some within a few hours. Not cute! And despite the plethora of oil-free and mattifying products available to us, there are still several common mistakes that people with oily skin should avoid to ensure their skin looks and feels in tip top shape without looking like a greasy ball.
Washing Your Face Too Often
Even though it might seem that washing your face more often will successfully get rid of all the excessive oil, the reality is that over-washing can make the situation even worse, especially if you have acne-prone skin. When you over wash, your skin can become excessively dry and irritated–which are known to incite acne.
People with oily skin should properly wash their face only once or twice a day, no matter how shiny it gets. This will ensure you keep cleanse the skin without leaving it worse for wear.
Using Harsh Cleansers
There are many cleansers on the market with different kinds of surfactants that are designed to cut oil from skin. However, since many of these ingredients found in several many cleansers have a high pH balance, they can often strip water out of the skin, thus creating dead skin cells that are piling up on the surface of the face. Such a process, besides dehydrating the skin, encourages it to produce more oil long-term. Sulfate-free cleansers are the most appropriate for this skin type, since they will not cause irritation or dryness.
Not Moisturizing at All
People with oily skin, usually assume that they don’t actually need one more layer of hydration on their skin, but this couldn’t be more wrong. The reason behind this is simple. Since the skin has temporarily lost its surface oils, it becomes very vulnerable to dehydration, which as we mentioned several times already, does not give us healthy skin.
That is exactly why a moisturizer is so important in any skincare regimen. If you continue to skip this step you will speed up skin aging, and stimulate sebum production, which you will contribute to your face getting shiny. Of course, choosing the right moisturizer for your skin type is crucial. A rule of thumb when choosing moisturizers for oily skin, you want to look at oil-free ones as these are the best.
Exfoliating Too Much
Exfoliation is one of the most important steps to add to your skincare, especially if you have oily skin. But overdoing it can, once again, cause dryness and irritation. And if you’re over-exfoliating your face with a facial brush or a scrub with micro grains you could be causing serious damage to your skin. We recommend you not repeat this process on a daily basis. Just once or twice a week is more than enough to get rid of dead skin cells, dirt and excessive oil.
Not Using Appropriate Ingredients for Oily Skin
As beauty connoisseurs, we get the excitement to try anything and everything in the hopes they’ll work magic on our skin. But sadly, not everything works the same way for every skin type. So it is important for you to do your research and shop for products that specifically target oily skin.
For example, opting for a clay mask is a great middle ground product since it tightens the pores and removes dead cells, dirt and excessive oil. There are also face masks that help with shine control and provide the fresh matte effect. For example, Truly Matte Pure & Radiant Mask by Clarins Australia is a good option because it soothes irritated skin and is suitable for even the most sensitive skin.
The same could be said about primers and serums. Make sure to look for products that are labeled for oily skin as these are specifically formulated to work with your skin type.
Also, don’t forget at natural ingredients as well. Mango, for example, is absolutely fantastic for the skin because it is rich in antioxidants and vitamins that are especially important if you have oily skin. As an added bonus, it helps remove excessive oil and impurities, while unclogging pores at the same time.
Keeping oily skin under control is not easy, but it is definitely not impossible. A proper skincare routine, a little extra care, and of course, acceptance, will make your life much easier.
Tell us which of these 5 mistakes have you done before or what product do you use to keep the your oily skin on check?