Are you struggling to identify if you have oily skin? If your complexion is prone to looking shiny, your pores are enlarged and open, and the texture of your skin is slightly coarse, the chances are, you have either combination or oily skin.
There are numerous ways to control oily skin, including vital skincare steps, so we’ve covered our top five tips in this article.
1. Thoroughly cleanse the t-zone
Did you know, the t-zone (e.g. the nose, chin and forehead) is the oiliest area of the face? Paying close attention to the t-zone when cleansing will help to reduce the production of excess oils and rebalance the skin.
If you don’t have any skincare products to-hand, there are a few natural remedies which will help to reduce oiliness, including applying cucumber to the t-zone, thanks to its hydrating properties, and popping aloe vera onto the face, as it will help to deeply nourish skin tissue.
2. Avoid stress as this increases oil production
Have you ever noticed that your skin looks a little oilier when your stress levels are high? This is due to an increase in Cortisol – the body’s stress hormone, which accelerates the production of oil within the skin.
We recommend dedicating at least 15 minutes of your day to stepping away from the stress of day-to-day life, whether that involves getting some fresh air, meditating, exercising or socialising with friends and family.
3. Completing your skincare regime after exercising is vital
Exercise not only increases the production of endorphins in the body, it also increases the blood flow at the skin’s surface which promotes the production of sebum by invigorating the sebaceous glands. This is hugely beneficial for dry skin types but can be more of a concern for oily-combination skin types.
If you have an active lifestyle, washing away any sweat residue and thoroughly cleansing with an acid-based, oil-control skincare regime after your workout is the key to healthier skin.
4. Apply oil-free moisturisers and makeup
We recently covered the importance of using an oil-free serum/moisturiser if your skin is prone to oiliness, as oil-based products can cause the pores to become clogged and in fact lead to more blemishes.
It’s also important to look for oil-free, liquid-based makeup products (e.g. foundation and concealer) as this will help to control oiliness and mattify the skin. The good news is, there are plenty of options on the market.
5. Use skincare products which include oil-absorbing ingredients
This includes clay (kaolin), salicylic acid, dead sea mud, glycolic acid, and retinol.
If you’re looking for a quick, 5-minute solution to excess oils, our Salicylic Acid Clay Mask (RRP £9.99) has been boosted with Dead Sea Mud for it’s oil-absorbing benefits, Salicylic Acid which has been proven to unclog congested skin, Niacin for its skin-enhancing capabilities, and Avocado Oil, which is rich in numerous vitamins.