If you find your face looking shiny by mid-day, and are tempted to believe that it’s your highlighter, think again. This may just be your oily skin showing up to say 'hi!’ Your T-zone is the most affected area of your entire face, and you may notice some shine on your cheeks and chin as well.
Blotting sheets and facial cleansers are undoubtedly your handbag essentials and you do everything in your power to make your face look less oily. You’ll be surprised to know that there are some habits that may be contributing to the excess oil on your skin. Read on to find out what habits to break, if you have oily skin.
- Using a drying toner
- Wearing a dewy base
- Constantly touching your face
- Picking the wrong moisturiser
Using a drying toner
A toner can be your best bet to help you get rid of impurities that linger on the surface of your skin even after a thorough cleanse. However, just because you have oily skin, doesn’t mean you pick a toner that dries out your skin completely. Look for a gentle, alcohol-free toner that has a non-drying formula such as the Lakmé Absolute Pore Fix Toner. Soak a cotton pad in the toner and wipe it across your face twice a day—morning and night, after cleansing.
Wearing a dewy base
Dewy skin is in, no doubt! From celebrities to beauty influencers, everyone has been experimenting with the dewy makeup finish that makes your skin look glass-like. However, this is not for you oily-skinned beauties! Using a foundation that gives a dewy, radiant finish can make your skin look shinier. Therefore, we suggest you use Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse 16hr to achieve a matte finish.
Constantly touching your face
Touching your face throughout the day can be tempting, however, it’s not the best practice in the long run. By touching your face, you’re transferring all the oils and bacteria from your hands to your face. The grime in turn mixes with the oils on your face, leading to clogged pores. Touch your face only when you have to cleanse, moisturise and apply makeup, and make sure when you do it, you do so with clean hands.
Picking the wrong moisturiser
Just because you have oily skin, does not mean you can skip or skimp on moisturiser. Moisturising oily skin is important to keep your skin hydrated and nourished. However, make sure to pick a moisturiser that has a non-shiny or non-oily finish such as the Pond’s Light Moisturiser Non-Oily Fresh Feel. Enriched with vitamin E, this moisturiser will leave your skin soft with a fresh feel all day.
If you think that cleansing your skin more often will help you get rid of the excess oiliness on your face, you’re wrong! In fact, over-washing can cause your skin to produce even more oil. It is, therefore, ideal to cleanse your face no more than twice a day—once in the morning and once at night.
Written by Fatema Habib on Dec 02, 2019