The Simple & Effective Skincare Routine to Save your Oily Skin

 

You’ve probably experienced overly-oily skin at some point in your life. The simple key to keeping it in check is to understand that oil is essential to hydrate and protect your skin, making it happier and healthier. Too much of it though causes a variety of problems like acne and clogged pores, and that’s what we’re going to tackle together right now.

 

The science

  • The oily substance is known as sebum and is produced by the sebaceous glands, small pockets in your skin.
  • They’re sparked into action by hormonal changes during our puberty.
  • Their activity is largely genetic, and external factors like the UV radiation, temperature, and overwashing can affect it.

A well adjusted and personalized skincare routine will go a long way in balancing out your oil production. Use these four simple tips to counteract the causes and give your skin the care it needs.

Tip 1 - Exfoliator

Gently exfoliate once or twice weekly with an mild scrub to reduce clogged pores and encourage an even oil response to balance your skin.

Ingredients to look for: seabuckthorn, turmericas natural anti-inflammatories and antioxidants and salicylic acid or and lactic acid as exfoliants which will help to prevent the formation of pimples.

Avoid ingredients that break your skin barrier and damage it – that will in fact cause a noticeable excess of visible oil.

 

Tip 2 – Day Cream with UV Protection (SPF)

Winter means drier skin, so you should carefully hydrate your oily skin with a light-weight moisturizer. Summer means more intense UV radiation which encourages the secretion of sebum. Use a moisturizer with UV protection every day in spring and summer to protect your skin against skin damages and additional sebum formation.

Ingredients to look for: carrot seed oil rich in Vitamin A, anti-septic zinc oxide, sebum-reducing guarana – and an SPF of more than 15.

Avoid products that only cover UVB and do not provide the necessary UVA protection your skin needs. UVA radiation is actually the main reason for pre-mature skin ageing as it breaks down the connective tissue in your skin.

 

Tip 3 - Daily cleanser

It’s intuitive to think that washing your face repeatedly with rather harsh cleansers will remove excess oil best. The opposite actually happens in the long run as your skin is stripped of moisture while the sebaceous glands rapidly reproduce sebum trying to compensate.

A mild daily cleanser, used twice a day, will be gentler for your skin ensuring your oil glands don’t overproduce.

Ingredients to look for: sea algae such as golden seaweed, papaya extract, aloe vera and coconut water. These ingredients will remineralize your skin normalizing your skin’s moisture content and sebum balance.

 

Tip 4 - A good night cream and sleep.

Sleep has always been a healing hero and is also a restorative time for your skin. Use a night moisturizer concentrated with hydrating and restoring ingredients to support intense regeneration.

Ingredients to look for: hyaluronic acid, panthenol (also known as pro-vitamin B5), blueberry extract. Each of those will provide a sustained amount of hydration throughout the night making your skin fresh when you wake.

Keep it simple and combine the above four tips for an effective skincare routine that’s as conscious as you are. The aim is to reduce excess oil production, and not get rid of it – in normal quantities oil is essential for healthy skin; it just needs to be managed.

-- Yours simply, Mary