How to Care for Oily Skin
If you have oily skin, you may feel like you are constantly in need of powdering your face or blotting off excess oil throughout the day. Those with oily skin are usually prone to having enlarged pores, blackheads and breakouts. Also, you may feel like you need to wash your face a lot throughout the day to keep oil at bay. Although it feels like a struggle to keep your skin shine free at times, there are several skin care tips out there that work with the nature of your skin type, not against it.
What actually causes your skin to produce excess oil? Ultimately, hormones determine how much oil your body produces so anything that messes with your hormone levels can have an impact on your oil production. There are many factors that could have an effect your hormones such as stress, medications, diet, menstrual cycle, and pregnancy just to name a few.
Knowing your skin type is extremely important when choosing what regime works best for you personally. In this case, you want to make sure you are choosing products that are not going to strip away all the oils from your skin and leave your skin feeling balanced and refreshed. Although harsh soaps can make your skin feel squeaky clean and oil-free, they are actually doing more harm than good. Stripping away all natural oils from your skin can actually cause your skin to produce even more oil.
Here are some helpful tips if you have oily skin:
Choose a gentle cleanser: A cream cleanser free from harsh sulfates and other chemicals are very beneficial if you have oily skin. A gentle cleanser will remove excess oil and debris while keeping your skin’s natural oils intact. Always make sure to check the ingredient list of your skin care products because they can make all the difference!
Choose your toner wisely: Try avoiding toners that contain alcohol or any other harsh drying ingredients. Toners with high alcohol content can strip your skin causing adverse effects. Your skin will actually produce even more oil. Try using a toner that adds moisture to your skin, balances your natural pH and soothes areas of irritation.
Hydrate: Just because you have oily skin does not mean you should not be using a moisturizer. Along with hydrating your skin, your moisturizer also helps protect your skin against pollutants and dirt in the air. Stick to one that has a light formula such as a gel or lotion and avoids heavy formulas. TIP: Jojoba oil is a great moisturizing oil if you have oily skin since it is similar to the natural oils our bodies produce and it can help control sebum production.
Use blotting papers to control oil throughout the day: If your skin gets oily throughout the day, try using blotting papers to help remove excess oil.
Try using a humidifier: A humidifier helps your skin retain moisture and also balances out the moisture content in the air.