THE RIGHT DIAGNOSIS
First things first: do you have oily skin? Oily skin is often the result of hormonal changes in your body, which is why it can be hard to control. Androgens, the hormone that triggers the production of oil, can sometimes go into over-drive resulting in a greasy complexion and blocked pores. If your skin is oily by midday, finds it hard to grip onto makeup, or has visibly enlarged pores, blackheads and pimples along your T-zone, it’s probably oily.
THE RIGHT CLEANSER FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE
If you have oily skin, you probably love the feeling of squeaky clean, freshly cleansed skin, but that tight and dry sensation isn’t doing you any favours. When oily skin is dried it actually triggers the production of more oil, aggravating the problem further. Pick a gentle gel cleanser or face wash that’s non-drying and leaves no residue.
USE A TONER
A toner helps balance your skin’s natural pH levels, minimises the appearance of pores and reduces inflammation – all common concerns for those with oily skin. It’s also a great way of removing the last bits of makeup and grime that stick on your skin and can lead to breakouts – don’t skip it!
GET A GOOD MASK
A clay mask is a must for those with oily skin. They soak up traces of dirt, drawing out impurities from your pores – they also help control oil production.
DON’T SCRIMP ON THE MOISTURISER
Don’t be tempted to dry skin out. In actual fact, oily skin needs lots of moisture to keep it healthy – what it doesn’t need is pore-clogging ingredients. Look for an oil-free, lightweight liquid or gel moisturiser to hydrate and treat, and for best results, layer it over a serum.
KEEP SOME BLOTTING PAPERS IN YOUR BAG
In the afternoon your skin naturally produces more oil – a nightmare if you have oily skin. Dabbing an oil-absorbing paper over your T-Zone is a convenient way to pick up any oil and leave you with a more matte complexion.
Not one to skip, exfoliation will whip away the dead skin cells that build-up on the surface of the skin and can cause breakouts. But, rather than using a cloth or a cleansing device, you’re best off using an acid-based exfoliate that won’t stimulate more oil production. Try a beta-hydroxy acid like salicylic acid that will exfoliate the surface of your skin and work deep into your pores.
If you suffer from shine, the prospect of applying heavy sunscreen to your face probably fills you with dread – don’t fret! There are lots of lightweight, non-greasy formulas available. Or, pick a day cream that has SPF built-in for less-hassle, but equal protection.