From my teenage years onwards I’ve battled the shine caused by my oily skin. The shine that breaks through even the most matte of products after just a few hours, the shine that means I went through a tonne of blotting sheets on my wedding day so I didn’t look like a total oil slick on the photos. So I know a few things about living with oily skin and have picked up a few tips along the way, which I’m going to share with you today.
GENTLY DOES IT – As a teenager I always thought I needed astringent toners and harsh cleansers to treat my skin and, whilst these may help dry up break-outs, in the long term they can strip your skin of its natural oils causing a vicious cycle of even more spots. Look out for gentle products that lift dirt and poreclogging sebum but don’t leave the skin feeling taut such as Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. A few times a week I also like to encorporate a cleanser that contains a little Glycolic Acid. This offers a gentle exfoliating action which helps remove dead skin cells as you cleanse; Dermarie Foaming Facial Cleanser (review here) with 10% AHA / Glycolic Acid is fabulous.
FEED THE SKIN – It can be oh so tempting to ditch the moisturiser but this is a definite no-no. Often our skin produces oil because it is dehydrated so if you skip moisturiser your thirsty skin is simply going to produce its own oil to compensate. A lightweight moisturiser is always better than none, so look for one specifically designed for oily skin-types and that have a cool gel-cream texture. I love Urban Veda Purifying Day Cream from their excellent Purifying range as it has a cooling minty feel and doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy.
OILS ARE YOUR FRIEND – Yes you read it right, oils can be used on oily skin, as long as you select the right one. Facial oils provide deep down nourishment and can help calm irritated skin and regulate sebum production. The right oils won’t cause breakouts, contrary to popular belief, and can help them. Look out for a product specifically designed for oily skin, such as Decleor Ylang-Ylang Serum (review here) or my new favorite The Buddha Beauty Company Facial Oil which I featured last week, and it could become your best friend.
STAY HYDRATED – It’s simple but drink more water (I know, I hate it too). Staying hydrated on the inside will ensure your skin stays hydrated and water also helps your body flush out toxins quicker. If you dislike plain water flavour it with lemon or another fruit or drink a herbal tea such as camomile. You could even push the boat out with an infuser water bottle such as the Infruition, a gadget which simply lets you create your own fruit flavoured water.
FOOD FOR THE SOUL – Take a look at your diet and ask yourself is it healthy or do you need to encorporate some superfoods? Berries like Blueberries and green leafy vegetables such as Kale are high in antioxidants and vitamins, feeding your skin from the inside. Make sure your getting your Omega oils too by adding oily fish to your diet, or if you don’t eat fish sprinkle Linseeds and Chia Seeds into your porridge, smoothies or even pasta sauces.
So that is my guide to oily skin. I hope that I’ve helped bust some common myths and given you some tips to help improve your skin from the inside as well as on the outside. If you have any additional advice or want to share a must-have product that helps you control oil I’d love to hear from you, so please do leave a comment below!