When To Use A Serum For Oily Skin: Top 7 Tips

Written by Anushka ShahApr 04, 2023
When to Use a Serum for Oily Skin: Top 7 Tips

We all love Rihanna’s shine bright like a diamond song but that’s not what you’re looking for when thinking about your skin health. I mean, we all love a little dewiness and shine - thank you, However, an oily forehead and nose is not what we beauty girl’s are here for. Literally sprinkling grease all over your look and dampening your charm, an oily face is a total mood killer.  


And for those who know oily skin makes your skin’s sebaceous glands produce too much sebum; a wax-like substance that protects and moisturises the skin, really. And although super important for healthy skin and excess of sebum can clog your pores and lead to the curse of acne - something we all hate! So, now that you’re thinking - how can I bid the grease adieu for good, let’s tell you all about the real deal; face serums for oily skin. Working actively to allow you to live your best skin life, we’re about to shed light on when you can use what. So, scroll down for all you got to know.  

When to Use a Serum for Oily Skin  

 So, when these issues crop up, remind yourself that you can fall back on a face serum for oily skin - we got you!  

Situation #1: You have sensitive and oily skin  

face serums for your oily skin

If you have sensitive skin and often get redness, rash, irritation and or acne, we know your plight. Even a couple of minutes outside in the sun and pollution-filled air wreak havoc on your skin - and a moisturiser is not enough. Here’s the good news—one of the many benefits of face serums for your oily skin and annoyed dermis is that it helps reduce inflammation and skin irritation. This lubricant product often has anti-inflammatory ingredients such as glycerine, zinc, shea butter, aloe vera and arnica among other things that help soothe and heal the skin of any skin irritation be it rosacea or rash or burning. When in doubt to give your skin that quick in-house facial, we swear by the Simple Booster Serum - 10% Hemp seed oil + B3 to soothe your skin and protect it against any irritants. Formulated with 10% hemp seed oil + vitamin B3, this serum strengthens the skin barrier, protects against collagen degradation, provides antioxidants and reduces inflammation. Not only that, but it’s also free from over 2000 harsh chemicals, making it suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. 

Situation #2: You have large visible pores 

face serums for your oily skin

Oily skin comes with large, visible pores that are really annoying. You can employ a face serum to reduce the pores. The right face serum for oily skin can help shrink pores and increase cell turnover further leading to the minimisation of large pores. They also help unclog and clear dirt and sebum from the pores, thanks to the antioxidants and exfoliating acids present in them. This helps in reducing the formation of blackheads and whiteheads on the skin. Also, some face serums for oily skin contain Vitamin C which acts as an astringent and tightens visible pores. Since face serums are light, liquid skincare products, they don’t congest pores and clear them of dirt and oil deep settles in them. While thick creams and gels clog your pores and feel heavier on the skin, face serums are way lighter and absorb quickly. If large, visible pores are your concern, get a lightweight face serum for oily skin with exfoliating ingredients to tighten the pores and make them less visible. 

Situation #3: Signs of ageing are kicking in 

face serums for your oily skin

If you’re a greasy skin girl and visible ageing signs like wrinkles, smile lines, and crow’s feet are making their entry, get a face serum for oily skin for its always loaded anti-ageing benefits. Thanks to the high percentage of antioxidants and active ingredients such as retinol, resveratrol and Vitamin C present in such face serums for oily skin, they do a stellar job in fighting ageing signs like wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and give you a healthy-looking, radiant skin. These ingredients repair skin cells and revitalise skin, brightening the complexion and adding a natural glow to your skin. Also, slathering on an anti-ageing face serum defends skin against premature ageing signs and keeps it smooth and beautiful. It is recommended to apply the serum at night to get maximum benefits. An overnight serum can also help your lacklustre skin get back its radiance and look as fresh as ever in the morning. Your best bet is the Simple Booster Serum - 10% Vitamin C+E+F that brightens complexion, improves skin firmness, reduces appearance age spots and prevents collagen degradation. Gently dab the serum all over your face and pamper your skin with a gentle massage every night before bed to get toned and plump skin. 

face serums for your oily skin

If you’ve never used face serum in your oily skin routine, then here’s how you can! 

Step 01: Cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser such as the Pond’s White Beauty Mineral Clay Instant Brightness Facial Foam and follow it up with an alcohol-free toner like the Lakme 9 To 5 Moist Matte Mattifying Face Toner. 

Step 02: Next, apply a lightweight moisturiser such as the Lakme Peach Milk Ultra Light Gel all over your face and neck. 

Step 03: This is when you apply a super lightweight non-comedogenic oil such as the  Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Overnight Oil-in-Serum. The antioxidants present in this product help to fight free radicals while intensely nourishing and moisturising your skin. Additionally, argan oil is extremely lightweight, which means it gets absorbed into your skin almost instantly, while since it is non-comedogenic, this product doesn’t pose the risk of clogging your pores either. 

FAQs about When to Use a Serum for Oily Hair   

Don’t let the grease make your questions slip away, hold on tight to face serums for oily skin. 

Q1 Will a face serum for oily skin clog my pores?

Even though some facial serums may be heavy and could clog pores, there are quite a few others (the ones we’ve recommended) that are absolutely non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t clog your pores at all 

Q2 How does a face serum for oily skin benefit the skin type? 

Face serums with its amazing nourishing, conditioning and emollient properties will infuse lost moisture back into your skin and keep it looking healthier, while regulating excess sebum. 

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