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For oily skin sufferers, we dread by the time midday rolls in and our foreheads are covered with that shiny, oily look. There’s a difference between having glowing and radiant skin, and having a greasy slickness coating your T-zone, cheeks and chin areas.
It is usually not a very flattering look when you are shiny all over your face. And this problem can be worsened by clogged pores and breakouts – thanks to the overabundance of oil in your skin.
What causes oily skin?
Oil is produced by the sebaceous glands (oil glands) in the skin, and it is excreted through the pores to reach the skin’s surface, which causes the characteristic shiny appearance. These oil glands are more clustered in certain parts of the face, especially in the T-zone area which includes the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin.
The amount of oil that gets produced varies from person to person. The activity of the oil glands can change depending on hormones (pregnancy, menstruation, menopause), stress, skincare ingredients, and even environmental conditions.
But oil is not all bad
We have these natural oils to protect and preserve the skin. People with oily complexion typically have lesser wrinkles. However, the key is to strike a balance between excessive oil production and maintaining the skin’s natural moisture. Otherwise, oily skin can easily lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts.
Below, you will find some tips to help control oily skin and keep your skin more matte.
1. Don’t over-wash your face
It’s tempting to wash your face a few times a day just to get rid of the excess sebum and keep your skin looking matte, but this can exacerbate the problem. Over-cleansing will remove the skin’s protective natural oils, leaving it dry, tight and dehydrated. When moisture levels drop, the skin responds to the dryness by producing more oil.
2. Use a gentle cleanser
Cleansers with acids like Salicylic acid and beta-hydroxy acid can be effective in tackling oily skin, but they may also be irritating to some people. If your cleanser is leaving your skin tight and dry, switch to a mild cleanser instead. The goal is to get rid of any impurities and emulsify the excess oils so they won’t congest your skin.
3. Read your skincare labels
Your skincare products can also play a role in controlling your oil production or making it worse. Check for products – including your makeup, cleansers and moisturisers – labelled with terms like ‘oil-free’, ‘non-comedogenic’ or ‘non-acnegenic’ so they won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts. For active ingredients, try lighter formulations which can help your skin tolerate it better while reaping the benefits.
4. Never skip moisturiser
People have often mistaken that skin that’s always shiny and greasy doesn’t require a moisturiser. However, doing so will keep your skin hydrated and firm, while keeping the overproduction of oils at bay. Choose a light, oil-free moisturiser and apply it after your cleansing, toner and serum step.
5. Sunscreen is a must
Sunscreen is essential in preventing sun damage that could lead to pigmentation, wrinkles, age spots and even skin cancer. Depending on its ingredients, sunscreen can also help to keep your face matte longer. Opt for a lightweight formula with mineral blockers like zinc oxide, and skin-beneficial ingredients like niacinamide which do not promote oil production.
6. Try blotting papers and facial masks
Blotting papers offer a quick fix to pull excess oil from the surface of the skin, making it appear less shiny and more matte. But use them sparingly only so your skin won’t end up producing more oil. Alternatively, facial mists are great for freshening up your face and giving a boost of moisture to keep the greasy feeling away.
Facial masks do more than just pampering your skin; choose those with ingredients like clay and sulphur to draw impurities out of the skin, absorb oil and control sebum levels. Follow it up with a moisturiser to keep the skin from drying out.
A perfectly matte complexion might sound next to impossible for those with oily skin types – and you can’t exactly get rid of it – but the key is keeping your skin balanced so it continues to produce oils at healthy levels and maintain a glowing complexion.
Add our Adonis Oxy Clear Essence Set to your skincare routine, specially designed to regulate sebum production and control your oily skin. With its unique formula, it can penetrate deep inside the pores to dissolve hardened sebum oils and clear comedones, making it effective as a blackhead removal treatment.
Purchase this set at only $78 (price before GST) and enjoy a FREE Auras Facial (worth $180)! This facial treatment includes our deep cleansing step to remove dead skin cells and excess sebum, and nourish your skin for a more rejuvenated look. 3 complimentary sachets of blackhead masks will also be given to treat your blackhead woes! Contact us at Adonis to learn more about our facial promotions today.