It’s no secret that oily skin is a task to maintain. While the natural shine on your face can put any highlighter to shame, the overactive sebaceous glands can clog the pores and cause breakouts. But worry not, tackling oily skin doesn’t require divine intervention. Simply follow these four commandments listed below to keep that excess oiliness in check.
- 01. Thou shalt not skip the moisturiser
- 02. Thou shalt not overwash your face
- 03. Thou shalt treat your skin to gentle ingredients
- 04. Thou shalt prep your skin before makeup
01. Thou shalt not skip the moisturiser
A major mistake that girls with oily skin tend to make is skipping the moisturiser. The practice of skipping the moisturiser will make your skin even oilier, as your skin tries to make up for the lack of hydration by producing more oil. What you should be doing, instead, is use a product meant for oily skin — lightweight, non-greasy and something that absorbs into your skin fast.
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02. Thou shalt not overwash your face
Overwashing your face might feel tempting when your face is constantly shiny, but this habit can strip your face of oil and leave it dry, thus signalling your sebaceous glands to produce more oil to make up for lack of moisture. This is especially true if your cleanser has ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and alcohol. Stick to washing your face just twice a day and steer clear of any alcohol-based products. If your skin is feeling particularly oily on a certain day, use blotting paper and blot away the shininess.
03. Thou shalt treat your skin to gentle ingredients
A good way to deal with oily skin is to treat it to effective, gentle ingredients to counter excessive greasiness. Over the counter retinoids (which can help avoid pore-clogging), clay masks that can mattify the skin or hyaluronic acid serums that maintain hydration levels for long hours, are a few examples.
04. Thou shalt prep your skin before makeup
Wearing makeup all day can lead to your skin feeling oilier at the end of the day. It is worse when the oil patches start to show in the middle of the day, underneath your makeup — leading to creasing and blotchiness. Prep your skin with a primer and layer with mattifying products on top.