Skin Care Routine For Oily Skin

Last Updated on January 26, 2022
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written by nail expert Jess Rowley

What is a good skincare routine for oily skin?

If you have oily skin, then you know what I mean when I say it can be slightly more complicated than other skin types. But don’t worry, I’ve done my research so you don’t have to. Oily skin just needs a little extra TLC but once you’ve nailed down your perfect skincare routine, you’ll be loving life.

There is so much info online and loads of products for oily skin in stores, how can you sift through all of it to create a simple skincare routine for oily skin? With this skin type you may struggle with shiny skin, clogged pores and even breakouts. If youre struggling to choose products, why not try picking out the best facial cleanser for oily skin first?

Now it get’s interesting.

Having the right skincare for oily skin is the start to getting glowing, shine free skin everyday. If you are a diy skincare fan, then try making your own diy facial cleanser for oily skin. It’s important to know how to care for oily skin to get the best results. I’m going to be showing you how you can get happy, healthy skin using the right products in an easy skincare routine. Every skin type needs to know how to apply them in a skincare routine.

I’m going to take you through what you should be including in your skincare routine, as well as how to use each product so your skin gets the most benefit. With the right info on your hands, you’ll be able to handle your oily skin easy.

Let’s go!

Causes of oily skin

Before we jump into the skincare routine, knowing why you get oily can maybe help you deal with it. Oily skin is when the skin produces too much sebum, also known as overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands. This disbalance means your skin has too much oil, making it look greasy, shiny, and sometimes cause breakouts too. Here’s what may be causing it:

Genetics- Sometimes people are born with oily skin, and there’s nothing you can do about it. The same way people are born with dry or sensitive skin, it’s in the genes!

Your environment- Hot, humid weather can make you sweat all day, including having a shiny, oily face.

Using the wrong products/makeup– Sometimes using oil-based products that clog pores can make your skin produce more oil or be unable to absorb it well.

Hormonal/Puberty– Many people get oily skin during puberty when hormones are unbalanced and sebum production can be unbalanced too. The good news is this can go away with time, but it may be the cause of breakouts in the meantime.

Overwashing your face- When your strip your skin of sebum, it tries to hydrate your skin by producing more, and that’s how you find yourself with constantly greasy skin even after washing it.

There can be different things causing your skin to get oily, but if oily skin is just your skin type, then there are a few things you can do to properly take care of oily skin.

How to build a skincare routine for oily skin

Using a simple skincare routine for oily skin can help your skin become more manageable and glowing everyday.

Step 1- Cleanse

Before you slather on some product on your face, you first need to prep your skin by starting with a fresh canvas. Start off by cleansing your skin using a gentle foaming or gel cleanser. Don’t cleanse more than twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Its especially important to not skip cleansing in the morning since your skin can produce more oil overnight and pick up dirt. Its also good for getting rid of dead skin cells and excess oil to give you a fresh start to the day. Its super important to remove makeup, dirt and oil from your skin before going ahead with your skincare routine.

I love using an exfoliating cleanser containing active ingredients like salicylic acid. This helps to unclog pores and prevent breakouts. Its also perfect for gently exfoliating dead skin cells and breaking down oil.

Step 2- Toner

Now you’ve cleansed your skin, its a good idea to follow up with a toner. After removing the dirt form your skin, toning your face can help to deep cleanse your skin gently. I’d recommend using an exfoliating toner using a gentle direct acid such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid or lactic acid.

Step 3- Treatment

Now you’ve prepped your skin, and you can apply any treatment or serums to your skin. This step can include a variety of treatments depending on your specific skin concerns, but its best to keep it simple and treat one concern at a time.

If you suffer from acne and breakouts, then I would recommend an active ingredient such as benzoyl peroxide cream to help treat and prevent breakouts. You can also use a retinol treatment in the evening to treat wrinkles and aging skin, or acne. This helps to rejuvenate and speed up cell turnover.

I would suggest staying away from facial oils in skincare as you don’t want to add more oil to your skin. Go for a Hyaluronic Acid serum to restore hydration and repair the skin barrier

Step 4- Moisturize

Yes, even oily skin needs moisture, so don’t skip this step! When you don’t moisturize, your skin ends up overcompensating and produces more oil. So, if you want to keep that shine in check, make sure you use a moisturizer every morning and night, twice a day. If you fail to moisturize oily skin, then you could actually be stimulating your skin to produce more oil to hydrate. You can also choose to use an eye cream or a heavier night cream in an evening skincare routine that is oil free.

The key is in selecting the right moisturizer for you. Some things you need to consider before purchasing a moisturizer:

Is it oil free?

Is it non comedogenic?

Is water the first ingredient?

You can also try a moisturizer designed for acne prone skin, as they will usually meet the same criteria and often have an active ingredient that helps to prevent breakouts. Avoid coconut oil, but try to hydrate your skin to heal the skin’s barrier even for combination skin.

Step 5- Use broad spectrum sunscreen

So many people think that a skincare routine finishes with moisturizing, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Particularly for oily skin types, that will often have exfoliating ingredients in their products, you need to be protecting your skin with a broad spectrum sunscreen. Not doing this is the biggest cause of premature skin aging, skin damage and even scarring. Its key to protecting your skin from harmful uv rays and skin cancer, and its a must have in your skincare routine, whether its cloudy or sunny.

 

Final Thoughts- skincare routine for oily skin

Excess oil and enlarged pores are just some of then things that us oily skin girls have to deal with.

Building your own skin care routine for oily skin can help keep you skin healthy to get a brighter skin tone. Oily skin occurs for many reasons, but the good news is with a daily skincare routine you can balance the skin’s natural oils and reduce excess oil production.

Oily skin means having to control excess oil, and your routine should be all about that. I recommend including a cleanser and toner to exfoliate skin, a lightweight moisturizer and eye cream, as well as a separate night cream that contains hyaluronic acid to prevent dry skin. A good evening routine can not only prevent dark circles in the morning but also removes excess oil and will leave your skin feeling soft.

Good skin health for an oily complexion can help prevent acne, smooth the skin’s texture, prevent sun damage and prevent clogging pores or increased oil production as well as healing the skin’s barrier.

The best skincare routine will help balance natural oil on your face, will have a non comedogenic morning routine and will include sun protection and a retinol serum.

 

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