Taking proper care of the skin on your face should be a non-negotiable element of your everyday routine. After all, the face is the first element of our body that is noticed by others, making it largely responsible for how others perceive us. But that’s of course not the only reason. A healthy and dewy complexion also has a positive effect on how we feel and on our confidence.
A good skincare routine will make your face look healthy and radiant. However, each type of skin requires a completely different approach. You’ll have a different routine and use different products based on the skin type you have. So how to treat oily skin? Read on to learn more about a good skincare routine and the products you’ll want to start using.
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What is oily skin?
Oily skin is by many considered the most challenging skin type. It’s most common among teenagers and young adults. Oily skin is thick and has a characteristic earthy color. Those with this skin type often fight blackheads. It tends to be sticky to the touch which is caused by excess sebum. The poor condition of such skin often stems from improper care. That’s why it’s so important to get to know this type of skin and what needs it has.
Those with oily skin tend to think of themselves as unlucky. They often have skin issues such as acne or even eczema. The effect of shiny skin can also be troublesome.
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Why is my skin so oily?
Oily skin comes from the overproduction of sebum. This can be caused by various reasons. One of the reasons for oily skin can actually be our genes. However, the most common perpetrator is hormonal problems. Finally, other reasons include digestive system disorders, nicotine, medication, a poor diet (lack of vitamins A, C, and E) and stress. All these can contribute to excess sebum.
Benefits of having oily skin
This may not seem obvious, but in fact oily skin has its pros. For example, oily skin is highly resistant to frost and wind, so it’s less impacted during the winter months. In addition, soapy water doesn’t irritate oily skin, which may happen with other skin types. And finally, the biggest benefit out there–oily skin ages slower! People with this type of complexion can enjoy smooth and wrinkle-free skin for a longer time. No talk about a win!
Skincare routine for oily skin
Caring for this type of skin can be considered more demanding. It comes from its tendency to breakout. First and foremost, oily skin requires frequent cleansing due to the overproduction of sebum and the accumulation of dead cells. That’s why cleansing your face is recommended both in the morning and in the evening. Also, it’s very important to exfoliate and moisturize the skin.
Another key to proper skin care is keeping a balance in your everyday routine. Oil is necessary for your skin, without it your face would become very dry and irritated. That’s why doing everything in your power to completely eliminate it from your face isn’t a good idea. Products dedicated for oily skin can help you achieve this balance without overly drying your face.
Using special products twice a day can really have a big impact on the excess amounts of oil. It’s also recommended to use an alcohol-free toner after each wash. This will balance the pH of the skin. During the day you can also use special blotting paper that will effectively absorb excess oil. You can’t forget about special moisturizers for the day and nourishing creams for the night.
Oily skin also requires peel treatments. You can add this step to your skincare routine once a week. Exfoliating will effectively remove dead skin and impurities that clog the pores. Peels can help prevent the formation of blackheads and blemishes. Finally, don’t forget about using products with SPF protection. They will help minimize the appearance of dark spots when blemishes heal.
What should you avoid
Proper skin care also involves avoiding products and situations that can have a negative effect on your skin. Among these are:
- Frequent sunbathing
- Using soap on your face
- Touching your face with dirty hands
- Removing blackheads (this can result in scars)
- Smoking or drinking a lot of alcohol
- Eating spicy food
- Using alcohol-based toners
- Putting too much makeup on the face
- Eating excessive amounts of candy
- Using oily cosmetics
To take good care of your skin you need self-discipline, the right products, and the right routine. If you follow these tips your face will certainly start looking better in no time. Having oily skin isn’t a bad thing!