Life at the equator means that it is forever summer and if your skin happens to fall under the oily category, it can be particularly problematic and frustrating. From the food you eat to skincare products you use, there are a number of routines you have to abide by to control those overactive oil glands. Having oily skin means that you are more prone to acne breakouts, clogged or enlarged pores and blackheads. Most products claiming to help in managing oily skin sometimes worsen the problem (yes, we understand). Why do these (sometimes expensive) skincare end up triggering more oil production? It may be because it claims to reduce oil production by drying your skin out – and this aggravates the skin.
However, sticking to proper (tried and tested) skincare routines can help you reduce specific problems associated with oily skin.
We have got a regimen designed to get your greasy and shiny skin under control and keep you thriving right through the summer.
Switch to a Mild Cleanser
The first step to eliminate greasy and shiny skin under our merciless weather is to switch to a lightweight, water-based cleanser. Cleanse your face twice a day and wipe with a clean face cloth or towel. Avoid using cleansers that contain fragrances, alcohol or any other harsh chemicals that can dehydrate or irritate the skin, leading to increased oil production.
Add Toner to Your Skincare Routine
Use a gentle, alcohol-free, and fragrance-free toner with antioxidants and skin-replenishing properties to revitalise your skin, minimise enlarged pores and remove any residual impurities. This step preps your skin so it is able to effectively absorb nutrients from the serum and creams you apply later.
Exfoliate Your Skin Regularly
Gentle exfoliation is essential to slough away dead skin buildup on the surface. This will reduce clogged pores, blackheads and acne breakouts. A gentle scrub will also improve blood circulation, keeping your skin looking brighter and plumper. The best ingredient to look for in an exfoliator for oily skin is salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is an oil-soluble acid that can penetrate the pores, speeding up skin-cell regeneration as the dead skin that can otherwise cause pimples is removed. However, keep in mind that over-exfoliating will make your skin taut and dry, producing even more oil – so go easy on this routine.
Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Many of you with oily skin might be thinking of ditching moisturiser but that is a big no-no. This can make your skin dry and signal the oil glands to produce more sebum leading to oilier skin. You can replace oil-based, heavy moisturisers with a lightweight, non-comedogenic, hydrating moisturiser to get adequate moisture to keep your skin less greasy.
Add Facial Masks to Your Skincare Routine
Repeated exposure to heat and pollutants can leave your skin dull and dehydrated. Facial masks can help to detoxify, hydrate and nourish your skin. Clay masks are particularly helpful for oily skin as they work effectively to remove excess oil and deeply cleanse pores. They also minimise enlarged pores, making your skin look firm and youthful. Adding facial masks to your skin care regime will help you achieve bright and smooth complexion in the comfort of your own bed.
Use Oil-free Sunscreen
Sun protection is probably the most reiterated product when it comes to skin care routine. Those of you with oily skin can use lightweight, non-greasy formula sunscreens that protect your skin against sun damage without making it look shiny. Sun damage is the main reason for premature aging, hyperpigmentation and even skin cancer.