The skin is the outer covering of the human body and the first impression people have about us. While it is said that a book shouldn't be judged by its cover, your skin would certainly be judged by how it looks. When it is flawless, you receive compliments, and if otherwise, you get a thumbs down. Owning greasy skin means that you should be extra cautious and think of your skin as a child who deserves to be pampered.
So, what is oily skin?
An oily skin is the result of the overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands. These organs are located below the skin's surface. Sebum is made of fat and is not entirely bad for our skin because it moisturizes it and keeps it shiny. However, the overproduction of it becomes problematic. Well, you have nothing to fear as this article handles all your questions about caring for your oily skin.
Tips for caring for your oily skin
- Use moisturizers
I've heard people say that moisturizers worsen the situation with their greasy skin. I understand their concerns, but all moisturizers are not the same. There are some products specifically designed to cater to your oily skin. There are countless products out there that would keep the crazy oils at bay and give you that glowing skin you desire. For instance, oil-free moisturizers can benefit your skin type. Effective moisturizers are made with various components. Aloe Vera is one of them, and since this plant's benefits were discovered, skincare experts have not failed to borrow from nature to enhance what they already have. Studies show that a product with at least ten percent Aloe makes for the ideal moisturizer. However, don't be tempted to use pure aloe on your skin because some hidden ingredients can irritate the skin.
- Facial mask
Whether you have normal or oily skin, facial masks are a must-have. Honey, Clay, and Oatmeal masks are famous these days because of their cleansing properties. Raw honey is a rich source of antibacterial capable of reducing acne and oil while revealing soft skin. On the other hand, Clay contains minerals like bentonite, which reduces the fat in the skin without causing irritation. Oatmeal serves as a cleaner and mask because it is gentle and rich in saponins, anti-inflammatory compounds, and antioxidants. Note that continuous use of facial masks can dry out your skin. Dry skin is also problematic as it makes you prone to acne and other skin conditions. After removing your mask, rinse your face and moisturize.
- Wash your face regularly
Some Skincare blogs would advise that you wash your face every morning and evening. I'll prefer you do it as often as it gets dirty (except you're wearing makeup.) After physical activity, the chances are that you'll sweat. Even if you had your bath shortly after the exercise, you should have another. Better still, wash your face with your facial wash and dab with a clean towel. Resist the temptation to scrub your skin even if you're wearing makeup. Scrubbing irritates the skin and deteriorates your skin condition further.
- Wash with a gentle face wash
Many people believe that the stronger a face wash is, the better chances of cleansing your skin and restoring it to normal. When you use harsh products, you end up transitioning from oily to dry skin. It's only a transfer from one problem to the other. Harsh face wash triggers increased oil production and has no positive effects. The only short-term advantage is that they could be affordable. In the long run, you'll spend more trying to get your skin back to shape.
- Use only oil-free products
While there are oil-free moisturizers, oil-free skincare products pose no danger to the skin. Products like that won't clog your pores and create problems for you in the future. Oily products are also one of the leading causes of acne and breakouts.
- Wear sunscreen outdoors
Sunscreen serves as an additional layer of protection on your skin. It prevents the direct rays of the sun from getting to your face and other sensitive parts of your body. Wearing sunscreen prevents acne breakouts, fine lines, premature wrinkles, and in severe cases, skin cancer. The best sunscreens are those that contain titanium and zinc dioxide. There are others too that have oils or fragrances. Avoid them, regardless of who is pitching them to you.
- Do not sleep in your makeup
Most people are so engrossed with work throughout the day that they get a bedgasm the moment they land on their beds. It is hard to get up to do any other activity. If you're such a person, you may want to adjust your lifestyle. The first thing to do after you get home is to wipe off your makeup with micellar water. Wearing makeup to bed clogs your pores and leads to the buildup of dirt. It becomes worse if the makeup is oil-based.
- Use blotting papers
I have said that washing your face regularly helps keep your skin's oil production in check. However, you may not be opportune to do it all day. With blotting papers, you can get rid of oils easily by gently pressing them against the affected area. You're not supposed to rub the piece on your face as it spreads to other areas.
- Don't touch your face
I get that feeling of looking at your face in the mirror and hoping that someone would wave their magical want and get all your skin problems solved. Too bad, it doesn't work that way. Always keep your hands out of your face. Touching your face introduces dirt and bacteria that further adds insult to injury. It would help if you only touched your face when cleansing, moisturizing when applying sunscreen or makeup. Even when you do that, ensure that your hands are clean.
Natural remedies for keeping your oily skin at bay
We play our part by doing what we can to have glowing skin. Nature also contributes its quota to ensure that we get the best out of life without breaking the bank. This section expounds on some natural foods that help us manage excessive sebum production in our skin.
Here are some of the best natural remedies to augment your skincare routine:
Most skincare products contain lactic acid. This substance improves the skin's texture. Luckily, you can get a satisfactory dose of it from buttermilk; an ingredient used to make red velvet cake. This milk is a rich source of lactic acid. It is this acidity that gives it the bitter taste but skin smoothing properties. You can coat your skin with a buttermilk mask once or twice weekly and experience mind-blowing results within three months.
- Egg white
Eggs have been known to possess skin-friendly ingredients from time immemorial. Even ancient people used it as masks on their faces for various reasons. Due to the high-protein substance, it tightens the skin (although scientific backup for this claim is still sketchy). A recent study showed that if egg membrane is applied topically, it reduces wrinkles and reverses the damage from free radicals. Well, egg white and egg membrane aren't the same. While the membrane is the tiny layer between the shell and egg, the albumen is another ball game. Having both do the same job is like using two-step authentication for your social media accounts.
Lemon juice is filled with antibiotics that fight breakouts. They help keep your skin clear, but the chances of drying out your skin are high. If you must consult this natural remedy, usage shouldn't exceed once or twice weekly. If you feel irritation in your skin after use, discontinue and find another remedy that suits you.
Tomatoes are rich in enzymes, vitamins, and antioxidants that contribute to give your skin a flawless appearance. I know it seems weird that a slice of tomatoes may be all that your skin requires to live to its full potential, but this could be the truth. Modern spas have resorted to this remedy to treat various skin conditions. The enzyme in tomatoes gently exfoliates dead skin cells while the vitamins and antioxidants reduce signs of aging and inflammation. Studies on natural remedies have not been concluded yet, but judging by the results users record over time, it is safe to say that the usage is justified. Note that excessive use can irritate the skin, so extra care should be applied. Better still, turn your tomato paste into a face mask and make the best out of it.
- Top 5 Causes of Oily Skin
Sometimes, you don't have control of your skin type. This fact is perplexing, but the earlier you understand it, the better for your skin. People who spend quality time and money on their skin yet don't see results get frustrated after some time and resign to fate. If you recognize these factors that result in oily skin, it will help you to manage yours.
Here are some of them:
- Poor Diet
Our daily schedule may not permit us to make our meals from scratch. Therefore, we mostly rely on fast foods for our daily nutritional needs. Occasional junks aren't nasty but making it a habit becomes the problem. Foods containing refined dairy, carbohydrates, and sugar are difficult to abstain from, but you should avoid them to keep your skin health top-notch. Frequent consumption leads to overactive sebum production and the accompanying greasy sheen. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals give your skin the desired glow.
An oily skin is inherited. If, after following your skincare routine religiously and you can't see any progress, take a trip down the genetics lane. If your parents or grandparents have it, the chances are that you would inherit it. This skin condition happens when you have larger sebaceous glands that produce excess oil. If you have confirmed that genetics is the cause of yours, you can feel more relaxed while sticking to all the tips I've shared here.
Having to see oil around your face all the time is annoying. As a result, you want to get them out of your face by all means. While some would go for a blotting paper, others believe that scrubbing so hard does the magic. Harsh products like rough exfoliators are used to wash the skin's surface, thereby stripping moisture. This action causes the glands to overproduce oil instead of reducing production. Regardless of how uncomfortable the fat makes you; gentle cleansing remains the best option.
Sometimes, it is not genetics but the skincare products you use. Cosmetics are formulated for various skin types – dry, oily, combination. Whichever category you fall under, there is something for you. For instance, if you use a product meant for someone with dry or combination skin, you would dry out your face and cause more oil production. Low-quality cosmetics are harsher because the manufacturers do not take time to source the right ingredients. While trying to spend within your budget, cutting down the quality of cosmetics isn't an option.
During winter, your skin is calm and doesn't act up because there are mild triggers. Note that frigid weather could cause your skin to dry out. It is different during summer. Hot and humid weather stimulates the secretion of sebum, leading to the production of more oil.
Daily Skincare Routine for Oily Skin
An oily skin is greasy most of the time, which should be under check. While you're concerned about managing it, understand that one's skin type can change over time. Therefore, you must pay attention to your skin's state before recommending anything to it.
The routine I'll share here contains essential advice for people who want to improve the quality of their skin. However, it can be customized depending on your preference. These morning and evening routines would keep your greasy skin under watch improve your skin's health.
The first care you give your greasy skin in the morning is to cleanse it. This process removes excess oils and dirt that built up at night, and it unclogs your pores. Water-based cleaners aren't harmful for a start. Cleansing precedes every other application. Skipping it is as good as not doing anything.
Oily skins are prone to the buildup of dead cells leading to clogged pores and blackheads. Environmental factors can also damage the skin's surface and make it rough, dull, and uneven. To prevent all these, you can exfoliate your skin two to three times a week. Not all exfoliators are perfect for your skin because they contain unfriendly chemicals. Watch out for exfoliants with AHAs and BHAs as they boost cell turnover and lighten the dark spots in your skin.
After exfoliating, toning comes next. Toners for oily skin are the same as those for dry skin. They eradicate residual dirt and prepare you for the next step in your skincare. This liquid also helps your skin to absorb the active ingredients you'll apply to your skin. An ideal toner handles excess oil on the skin yet; it doesn't dry out your face. Multi-purpose toners are also available for people with more skin complications. These ones are formulated to brighten, soothe, and refine simultaneously.
- Apply serums/Essence
These liquids are used to tackle the skin concerns you have in a targeted way. They come in different specialized forms depending on the issues they were created to handle. As a rule of thumb, go for lighter treatments because your oily skin would easily absorb it.
If you have come this far, it is a no-brainer that you should seal in the products. Imagine purchasing an expensive item and leaving it out in the open without securing it from burglars. That is precisely how your skin feels when you don't lock in all the nutrients you introduce into the skin. Gel-type or emulsion moisturizers are the best because they make your skin come out better. Calmer creams are recommended for sensitive skin to prevent irritation. Moisturizing also comes with applying an eye cream to your under eyes to protect the area.
Sun protection is a must in any skincare routine. Your morning routine ends with the application of sunscreen to protect your skin against harmful UV rays. It should be rated at least SPF 30. It is also possible to have a moisturizer that contains sunscreen. If you have one, there'll be no need to purchase them differently. As a general rule, ½ teaspoon of sunscreen on your face is okay.
Repeat this process in the evening but feel free to skip sun protection at night because it is unnecessary. Exfoliation is done only two-three times a week during the day or at night.
Your oily skin is not a death sentence and doesn't sound like one. If you follow these care tips shared here, you'll have a positive story to tell. Remember that all oily skins are not the same. You can tweak your routine to suit your taste and discontinue any product that doesn't add glory to your beautiful skin.