1. Keep it simple
Managing oily skin is about sticking to a few tried and tested basics. Here’s a basic routine for oily skin
- Cleanse: Cleanse with a gentle hydrating cleanser. If you opt for a cleanser with harsh sulphates, it might strip your skin of its natural oil too much, which will result in your skin counteracting this by producing excess sebum.
- Exfoliate: Oily skin is usually acne prone since sebum can clog one’s pores and turn into inflamed acne. Exfoliation works to gently renew skin cells and helps reduce the appearance of acne. It can also clear your blackheads and whiteheads. Opt for a chemical exfoliant that works overnight rather than a physical scrub.
- Masking: This is an optional step in an oily skincare routine for those who want to target certain skin concerns. Masks come with different goals. For instance, you can opt for a skin brightening mask with Vitamin C or a pore cleansing mask with charcoal based on your concerns.
- Tone: It is crucial to rehydrate your oily skin. Sebum is produced by the skin when the skin surface is dehydrated or dry. When you replenish your skin barrier with a hydrating toner, over time, this will signal your skin to not produce as much oil.
- Water based moisturiser: Finally, seal in your hydration with a water based moisturiser that will not feel heavy on your skin. This essential step will keep your skin supple, and will regulate sebum production over time.
2. Tips to manage oily skin
- Natural oily skin ingredients: Look for natural oily skin ingredients like Vitamin C (skin brightening, gentle exfoliant), neem and tea tree (pore minimising), wheat germ oil (dark spot correcting), lemon peel oil (mild exfoliant). You can find these in our dark spot correcting cream and acne cleanser here.
- Sun protection: Since oily skin management requires active exfoliation, and potent ingredients that can fade dark spots, these can make your skin more sensitive than average to UV rays. It is crucial to protect your skin from sun damage during the day, while you treat it at night. Wear SPF 50 while outdoors, and try to avoid direct sunlight if you are indoors. A lightweight moisturiser with SPF 50 that works to benefit oily skin is ideal.
- Pore therapy: Treating clogged pores is an active part of maintaining oily skin. Based on the intensity of your product, you can apply a pore treatment product every day, every alternate day, or once a week. Lemongrass oil and tea tree help to clear out pores, while neem can help fade scars over time.
- Keep your skin hydrated: Oily skin is typically dehydrated. Ensure you opt for products that replenish your skin barrier with humectants (these are natural ingredients that attract water to the skin). Toners are usually hydrating. Try to make sure your cleansers and moisturisers are also hydrating for your skin. Avoid products that are too drying for the skin, since your skin will produce excess sebum when it feels parched.