It can be troublesome to deal with oily skin. You often find yourself reaching for tissues to dab a shiny forehead. Pile on the fact that it gets worse with changing seasons, your skincare routine disrupted for the worse. Some of the major factors that contribute to oily skin are stress, poor diet, hormonal imbalance, pollution and insufficient skincare like skipping on moisturiser.

Most women with oily skin foster the misconception that they don’t need to moisturise their already greasy skin. This is false because skimping on proper moisturising increases sebum production in your skin, making it even oilier. Moisturising is essential to hydrate your skin and keep it feeling healthy and looking plump. The challenge posed with oily skin is how to moisturise it without adding any excess oil to your face. Here are a few tips that will make your life easier.

 

01. Use moisturisers formulated for oily skin

01. Use moisturisers formulated for oily skin

Instead of reaching for any moisturiser off the rack, look for products that have been formulated specifically for oily skin. They are usually water or gel-based, lightweight and are sometimes enriched with humectants (compounds that absorb moisture from the air and lock it in your skin). The Ponds Super Light Gel Oil-Free Moisturiser gets absorbed easily on oily skin, giving in 24-hour moisturisation without any of the stickiness. Pssst… you can use it for all seasons too!

 

02. Choose an oil-free and non-comedogenic formula

02. Choose an oil-free and non-comedogenic formula

Products that are oil-free and noncomedogenic (that don’t clog pores) in nature work best as daily moisturisers for oily skin. Do a label check and avoid ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, linoleic acid, mineral oil, lauric acid, stearyl alcohol, etc. Instead, choose a more calming product like the Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser. Suitable for both, oily and sensitive skin, this moisturiser gives 12-hour moisture and a non-greasy finish to your skin.

 

03. Always prep with toner before applying moisturiser

03. Always prep with toner before applying moisturiser

Toners are an essential step in any skin care routine. More so for oily skin as they remove excess oil and grime from your face, tighten your pores and prep your skin to absorb the moisturiser better. Use an alcohol-free formula like the Lakme Absolute Pore Fix Toner, it unclogs and tightens your pores to reveal a clean, smooth surface. And since the toner is alcohol-free, it will gently clean your skin without aggravating or irritating it.

 

04. Look for skin-friendly ingredients

04. Look for skin-friendly ingredients

Apart from avoiding certain ingredients, you should also actively seek out ingredients that are known to hydrate skin without weighing it down. Look out for additives like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, kaolin (clay) and dimethicone (a silicone variant). These ingredients are known for improving your skin’s texture and are often used in facial masks and makeup formulated for oily skin.

 

05. Avoid making these common skincare mistakes

05. Avoid making these common skincare mistakes

While it’s crucial to pay attention to the products you put on your face; you also need to be mindful of how you apply them. Layer your products from lightest to heaviest (serum before cream, always!) and use a gentle patting or circular massaging motion and avoid rubbing your face. Don’t forget to moisturise your face at night to wake up to plump and hydrated skin. Also, don’t ignore the skin around your eyes as they start to show the first signs of ageing due to lack of proper skincare.

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