Sweaty or not, an oily face can make you look like a sweat ball all through the year. When the sebaceous glands become over-active, they tend to produce excess sebum which in turn contribute to a greasy, shiny-looking face. Well, the trauma doesn’t end there! The excess sebum can then lead to various skin issues such as clogged pores, acne and pimples, blackheads and whiteheads, and even skin bumps. Add to it the constant exposure to pollution and heat. Frustrating, isn’t it? Precisely why, you need to follow a skin care regimen specially formulated for oily skin. To help you combat oily skin woes, we’ve got you covered with the most effective oily skin care tips. All you need to do is follow a few simple beauty and skin care tips to keep the oil production in control.
While talking about the downside of oily skin, you’ll be happy to know that the one benefit of dealing with this skin type is that oily skin ages slowly as compared to dry skin. Yes, you read that right! The oil produced by sebaceous glands keeps your skin nourished and moisturised thereby preventing fine lines and wrinkles. If this made your day, then read on to know how to care for oily skin...
- Cleanse, cleanse and cleanse
- Scrub them oily skin woes away
- Face masks to the rescue
- Moisturising is key
- Follow an oil-free diet
- Never skip sunscreen
- Use makeup in moderation
Cleanse, cleanse and cleanse
The basic rule of caring for oily skin is cleansing your face atleast twice a day without fail. Cleansing helps you get rid of all the dirt, grime and oil build-up that is resting on the surface of your skin which can lead to clogged pores, acne and blemishes. One of the best oily skin care tips is to cleanse your face thoroughly using a gel or foaming cleanser. We suggest you get your hands on the Lakmé Blush And Glow Lemon Gel Face Wash which gently cleanses your skin and effectively washes away dirt, impurities and pollution, leaving your skin with a blush-like glow. This cleanser will help you get rid of dead skin, excess sebum and other impurities instantly.
Scrub them oily skin woes away
You’ll be surprised to know that scrubbing regularly is actually good for oily skin. The excess sebum produced leads to dead skin cells on the surface of your skin which results in acne, blackheads and whiteheads which ultimately leaves you with drab and irritated skin. Exfoliating using an oil-free scrub can renew your skin’s surface and at the same time keep breakouts at bay. Try the St. Ives Gentle Smoothing Oatmeal Scrub & Mask which promises to buff away dead skin cells to reveal soft, supple skin. The goodness of honey and oatmeal together works as an exfoliator to soothe and brighten oily skin. Inculcating scrubbing in your daily skin care routine is one of the best oily skin care tips.
Face masks to the rescue
Face masks are your best bet when it comes to controlling excess oil. Pamper your skin once every week with a face pack infused with natural goodness such as Fuller’s Earth, avocado or egg white. Natural ingredients make for the perfect solution to combat oily skin. To help you prepare easy face masks with ingredients from your kitchen shelves that’ll gently absorb excess oil, here are a few recipes:
- Multani mitti + cucumber: Soak two tablespoons multani mitti in water for half an hour and add one tablespoon lemon juice and two tablespoons cucumber juice to the soak. Apply the mixture all over your face and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. Multani mitti being an oil absorbing agent works well on oily skin. This hydrating face pack will not only remove oil and dirt but also improve your blood circulation. Win-win!
- Egg white: Separate the egg whites from the yolk and add a tablespoon of yogurt to the egg whites. Blend well to avoid any lumps in the mixture. Apply the pack all over your face and let it rest until the pack turns hard. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Use this face mask once a week to flaunt clean and oil-free skin.
- Avocado + oats: Soak half cup of oats in water and mash half ripe avocado into a pulp. Wait for a few minutes before adding the oats to the avocado pulp. Apply the mask on your face and let it rest for about 20 minutes before rinsing with cool water. If you want your oily skin to look nourished and glowing, then we suggest you use this face mask atleast once a week for effective results.
Moisturising is key
If you think moisturising is not for oily skin, you’re wrong! In fact, oily skin needs constant hydration because stripping the skin of moisture will only further encourage the sebaceous glands to produce more oil to compensate. Including a moisturiser in your oily skin care regimen is the key to driving away them skin woes. Excessive sebum production can leave you constantly reaching for your setting powder and blotting papers. Instead, we suggest you reach for a moisturiser that best suits your skin type and will actually help reduce oil. Try the Pond’s Light Moisturiser Non-Oily Fresh Feel which is enriched with Vitamin E, is lightweight and 80 percent water-based. Just what you need to care for your oily skin!
Follow an oil-free diet
You are what you eat! Did you know? Your diet plays a significant role in taking care of your skin. A few changes in your diet can help fix your skin woes. Knowing what foods are best for you to avoid oily skin can help in the long run. A diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and lean proteins will help control the oil secretion from your sebaceous glands. Cut down on fried and processed foods as well as sweetened beverages. Instead, increase your in-take of foods such as cucumbers, nuts, whole grains, avocados, bananas, lentils and pulses, and dark chocolate. Following an oil-free diet is sure to make all the difference in helping you improve the texture of your skin.
Never skip sunscreen
No matter what time of the year it is, sunscreen is that one product which needs to be a part of your daily skin care routine all year round. Always remember to slather enough sunscreen each time you step out in the sun. Heading out without adequate sun protection can lead to skin concerns such as pigmentation, signs of premature ageing and sunburn. If you have oily skin, then it’s best to avoid oil-based sunscreens as that can make your skin look greasier and shinier. Using a non-greasy sunscreen is the best oily skin care tip. Thus, we recommend the Lakmé Sun Expert SPF 50 PA+++ Ultra Matte Lotion Sunscreen which is non-sticky, non-greasy and blocks upto 97 percent harmful UVB rays.
Use makeup in moderation
If you have oily skin, then stay away from long-wear foundations or even heavy makeup as it can lead to clogged pores. And if you’re someone who loves wearing makeup on a daily basis, then allow your skin to breathe on some days and never sleep with makeup on. Sleeping with makeup will simply add to your oily skin woes. Always use a makeup remover to get rid of all the makeup and follow it up with a light and refreshing cleanser. Giving your skin some extra TLC is the only way to deal with the excessive oiliness.
Written by Fatema Habib on Oct 30, 2019