Tips for Those With Oily Skin
There are four major skin types: normal, combination, oily, and dry skin. Depending on which skin type you may have, this will affect your daily skincare routine. Some skin types need more treatment and attention than others. This blog post will focus on oily skin and will list some of the most helpful skincare tips for those who have it!
Drink a lot of water
We’ve all been reminded on how important it is to drink a plentiful amount of water. It is well known that the daily consumption of water is great for our physical health and mental well-being and it seems that its benefits are limitless. Not only does water help our digestive and circulatory systems, but its consumption is also associated with the elimination of harmful toxins from our bodies and it can lower the risk of kidney disease.
Water is great for our internal health, but it benefits our external appearance as well. That’s why it is important to consider the consistent drinking of water to be an essential part of your skincare routine, as it helps us to maintain a healthy, glowing complexion.
When we drink a plentiful amount of water, we allow our skin to achieve its optimum skin moisture level and we continuously deliver essential nutrients to our skin cells. Since water works to plump and smooth out your skin and increase its elasticity levels, proper skin hydration helps to prevent wrinkles, fine lines and other classic signs of aging.
In order to treat your oily skin type, it is important to keep yourself hydrated, as some dermatologists suggest that dehydration is what causes your skin to go overboard with oil production in order to compensate for poor hydration levels.
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate
Exfoliation is a natural process in which dead cells are removed from the surface of your skin. Your epidermis is made up of several layers; the older layers are on the top of your skin, exposed to the elements, while the younger ones are underneath. If your face appears to be dry and flaky, then the dead skin cells need to be scrubbed off—or exfoliated—so you can reveal your healthiest skin.
If done regularly, exfoliation can do wonders to improve the texture of your complexion, and can even stimulate the production of new cells and collagen, as well as prevent clogged pores and acne. For those with oily skin, it is important to exfoliate often, perhaps even daily! The more often you scrub off the dead skin, the healthier your complexion will be.
Find your holy-grail moisturizer
All oily skin types need to find the best moisturizer and invest in a good quality one that is formulated for oily skin. This means you should probably go for something light. Do some research online before buying something, and make sure to read the reviews before making a decision!
Use an oil-balancing cleanser
It’s also important to make sure that your cleanser is also ideal for oily skin, probably something that’s a little more drying than most cleansers.
Apply a mask every few days
One of the best types of masks for oily skin is clay masks, which look a bit similar to mud masks, but they have completely different purposes. Clay masks are best for those with oily complexions and those who are prone to breakouts, as they dry out your skin and completely absorb excess dirt and oil. In addition to its drying effects, clay masks can tighten sagging skin, exfoliate dead skin cells from your face, and refine enlarged or inflamed pores! Lastly, clay is high in nutrients as well, which means that the masks treat your face in addition to drying out the excess oils.
Once applied, clay masks can get very tight on your face and you won’t be able to move around much. It can feel uncomfortable. Don’t panic, this is normal. Once it is completely dry, you may see oily patches seep through the clay (this is a good sign that the mask is working!) Gently remove with warm water, and follow up with a facial mist to lock in hydration and reduce redness.
Use a konjac sponge
A konjac sponge is a dry, hard sponge that softens when you soak it. Its rough surface does a great job at buffing away dry skin and impurities, so it's a natural exfoliator and will really get to all the excess oils and grime on your face. After you use it, squeeze out all excess water and leave it to dry. The sponge will get hard again and stay hygienic!
Use a powder
Some powders are specially designed to help absorb the oil off your face. The Special Healing Powder by Mario Badescu, for example, is "formulated for oily, troubled skin, this gentle powder helps fight t-zone shine, decongest pores, and balance oil in the skin." If you apply it under your makeup in the morning, the powder should help to balance your complexion throughout the day.
Use an oil instead of a moisturizing cream
Some claim that once they made the switch over from creams to oils, their complexions improved drastically. While it seems counter-productive to apply extra oil onto your face, beauty fans claim that oils actually provide a lighter layer of hydration that sticky, thick creams.
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