For girls with a normal skin type, it must be nice to be God’s favourite children. A distinction oily skinned girls crave for because let us be honest, greasy skin is a big nuisance to deal with. It is best to build a proper skincare regimen that helps tackle oily skin woes effectively. However, since oily skin can be tricky to deal with, leaving you tempted to make mistakes that make it even oilier. Here are a few mistakes you need to watch out for while dealing with oily skin...
- Mistake #01:You’re over-exfoliating the skin
- Mistake #02: You don’t take your skin type into consideration while buying products
- Mistake #03: You’re using alcohol-based toners
- Mistake #04: You are skimping on moisturiser
Mistake #01:You’re over-exfoliating the skin
Physical exfoliation in the form of facial scrubs, brushes, cleansing pads and others is bad for any skin type. But more so for oily skin as exfoliating daily, or too hard, will stimulate more oil production to make up for the lost moisture. To avoid this, opt for chemical exfoliators like the salicylic acid-infused Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliant, and use it only once or twice a week.
Mistake #02: You don’t take your skin type into consideration while buying products
Skincare products for oily skin contain ingredients that absorb excess oil without drying out the skin. Whether it is a face mask, cleanser or even a moisturiser, you have to pick the ones formulated for oily skin. For instance, the Pond’s Oil Control Face Wash is formulated with silica beads that are excellent at absorbing sweat and oil. Additionally, look for products labelled ‘non-comedogenic’ as these are specifically formulated without ingredients that can clog the pores and perfect for girls with an oily skin type.
Mistake #03: You’re using alcohol-based toners
Girls with an oily skin type are guilty of including alcohol-based toners and astringents in their skincare routine because they make the skin feel instantly refreshed. But this can damage the skin barrier, pH balance and microbiome of your skin. It also strips the skin of its natural oils causing the sebaceous glands to over-produce oil. To avoid this, look for alcohol-free toners. The Lakme Absolute Pore Fix Toner’s alcohol-free formula is perfect for girls with oily skin.
Mistake #04: You are skimping on moisturiser
Believe it or not, moisturiser actually helps assure your skin that it is well-nourished in order to prevent it from over-producing oil. Do not skip the moisturiser just because your skin does not feel dry. Instead, use a non-comedogenic and fast-absorbing formula like the Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser.
Pro tip: Much like over-exfoliating, girls with oily skin tend to overwash their face as well. Do not exceed the twice a day limit, regardless of how mild your cleanser is. If your skin feels extra greasy on a particular day, just spritz your face with some cold water or dab away the excess oil with a blotting paper!