It is no secret all human skin produces oil. Some skin produces more oil than others. Having excessive oiliness can make you extremely frustrated. You may wonder if you will be stuck with shininess permanently.
But is it so bad? Let us find out.
There is one benefit to having oily skin…Yes, you’ve read correctly…
It has been agreed by most skin care experts that oily skin ages slowly in comparison to a dry skin. The reason being, the oil produced by our oil glands keeps skin nourished, moisturised and lubricated, while helping to prevent wrinkles and fine lines.
This is one positive, but we’d like to give you some useful tips to help reduce excess oil on the skin and ensure that you no longer worry about oily skin. Before we look at the tips, it is important to understand the different factors that can cause oily skin. There are various causes of oily skin including hormones, genetics, diet, and dehydration. Take a look at your lifestyle to truly determine your skin type.
It has been observed that majority of people with oily skin problems are simply dehydrated. This dehydration is caused by internal factors such as not drinking enough water, a lack of sleep, consuming too much alcohol or sugar, and even external factors like the skincare products you use.
In order to find out whether your skin is oily or dehydrated, use a gentle cleanser and moisturiser before employing a full-force oily-skincare regimen. If you’re simply dehydrated and use products intended for oily skin, you will end up doing more harm to your skin. Once you are aware that you truly have oily skin, rather than a dehydrated complexion, select skin care products that balance the oils in your skin and soothe it. Never employ harsh cleansers or toners on your oily skin. Instead, use astringent cleansers and toners.
The ultimate objective of conducting this exercise is to ensure that you clean up excess oil on the skin, but with products that are intended to balance oils, instead of stripping skin oils. This way you will see a drastic change in the reduction of oil production on your skin.
Now that you are aware of some factors that cause oily skin, it is time to dive into essential skin care tips for your oily skin to reduce the greasy look.
Tip # 1 – Look for a gentle skin balancing cleanser
The first tip for reducing excess oil on the skin, is to correctly cleanse it, morning and night. If you have oily skin which is acne-prone, cleansers with a gentle foaming action can help to remove excess oil from the skin. Double cleansing is also very helpful if you wear makeup.
The benefit of a natural foaming action is that it is less severe and there is no need to over-cleanse and worsen your complexion. “Using harsh cleansers can strip the skin of its naturally occurring oils. This makes the skin overcompensate for this loss by producing excess oil, which results in oily skin” Marie Kapetanakis, founder of Kosmea. It is important to not over-wash the skin. If you over-wash it, the skin gets deprived of its natural oils which can result in an increase in the oil production.
We recommend a cleansing product like Clarifying Facial Wash 150mL to reduce the look of oily skin as it offers a gentle, natural, foaming action.
Tip # 2 – Make sure you exfoliate 2-3 times a week
Exfoliating the skin helps in cell turnover which is a great way to make moisturiser and oils more effective and prevent further breakouts. A good exfoliant should have natural, gentle ingredients and no microbeads.
Kosmea’s Reveal Your Glow Mask contains ground rosehips and crushed chamomile flowers as natural exfoliants.
Tip # 3 – Look for antioxidants in your skincare for positive long-lasting results
It is important to look for skin care products that consists of antioxidants especially if you have oily skin with a greasy look. Although it is important to use sunscreen during summers while going out, daily antioxidant use can help you protect your oily skin from infrared radiation and environmental stressors. Look for products with antioxidants such as vitamins C & E, coenzyme Q10, green tea extract, raspberry, seabuckthorn, turmeric to name a few.
Tip # 4 – Avoid alcohol and spicy foods.
Alcohol and spicy foods may be something you like to indulge in on the weekends but if you want to reduce oily skin, it is a big “No-No”. The primary reason for that is they dilate your blood vessels and make you perspire. Enjoy these sparingly throughout the week.
Instead, increase your intake of melon, carrots and spinach because they are high in vitamin A and slow down the oil production on the skin.
Tip # 5 – Let skin breathe overnight
Do not clog pores with thick creams overnight. Instead, cleanse, apply Certified Organic Rosehip Oil onto damp skin, and that’s it. Nothing else. Let skin breathe overnight whilst you are sleeping. The Rosehip Oil will help to repair skin overnight and not clog skin.
Tip # 6 – Apply a face mask on troubled skin
A face mask is like a mini facial at home. Face mask can help to hydrate skin, draw out impurities in the skin, and balance skin oils. We suggest you try Kosmea’s Energising Radiance Mask 75mL or Reveal Your Glow Mask 75mL
Tip # 7 – Exercise daily to get rid of toxins and increase your blood flow
Working out regularly helps to increase your blood flow and assist in nourishing your skin cells. It even opens the clogged cells which aid in removing toxins from your skin. It is also best to wash your face pre and post-workout to remove dirt, pollution and sweat from the skin, all of which can result in oily or acne-prone skin.
Tip # 8 – Apply honey on your acne-prone skin to soothe inflammation
Honey is a humectant which helps in keeping your skin moisturised. It is also a natural antiseptic which can be highly beneficial for acne-prone skin and helps to soothe inflammation.
Let us look at some different ways to apply honey to acne-prone skin:
Step 1 – Mix honey and milk in equal proportions.
Step 2 – Apply on the acne-prone skin and let the mixture dry.
Step 3 – Wash it off with water. This can be applied once a day.
Step 1 – Mash half a banana and mix it with a tablespoon of honey.
Step 2 – Smear on your face and wash it off with warm water after 15-20 minutes.
Step 3 – Repeat this process 2-3 times a week.
Step 1 – Mix honey and brown sugar together to make a scrub.
Step 2 – Massage onto the face smoothly and wash it off with warm water.
Step 3 – Repeat this process weekly to combat acne.
You could also try a product containing honey as an ingredient, such as our Nourishing Treatment Cream.
Tip # 9 – Don’t wear too much makeup
Do not overdo your makeup application. Too much makeup can clog the skin and doesn’t let it breathe. This can result in the skin producing more oil, and potentially acne. Try to use natural, or mineral makeups that allow the skin to breathe and are not too thick.
Tip # 10 – Remove Makeup Before Bed
It is very important to remove your makeup before going to bed. Sleeping with makeup on can result in break outs the following day as makeup clogs skin pores. Select a makeup remover that is gentle and make sure to remove all makeup from your face. We recommend using our Purifying Cream Cleanser 150mL to remove makeup gently.