Oily, Shiny Skin A Problem?
Does your skin constantly look shiny?
Do you have oily acne prone skin?
If this sounds familiar you may be asking yourself what is the best skin care for oily skin?
To begin with let’s look at the definition of oily skin.
Oily skin is usually characterized by the following traits:
- High levels of ‘shine’
- Prone to spots, blackheads and acne
- Large open pores
- A ‘greasy’ looking complexion
- Coarse looking skin
One of the main problems for oily skin is how it gives the face a shiny appearance. This is caused by excess sebum or oil sitting on the skin’s surface.Excess sebum is also the cause of blocked pores that can lead to blackheads, spots and acne.
Oily skin types have pores that produce too much oil and they are prone to becoming clogged. When pores become blocked they expand and give the skin a coarse and uneven look.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that oily skin is tough and ‘attack’ it with a barrage of harsh astringents in an attempt to counteract overactive oil production.
This is a mistake as it only makes the skin produce more oil.
Oily skin is in fact quite sensitive and will often react to aggressive skin care products with spot breakouts. The best way to care for oily skin, if this is your skin type, is very gently!
A diet that is as natural as possible and high in fresh fruit and vegetables is the best for this skin type. Diets that are high in sugar and saturated and hydrogenated fats, namely junk foods, will worsen the condition.
It is also advisable to make sure that you drink enough water if you have oily skin. This helps to purify your system and improves your digestion – both important for healthy looking skin.
How Can I Care For Oily Skin?
One of the best ways to care for this skin type is to dedicate yourself to following a skin care routine for oily skin and sticking to it.
Inadequate cleansing can make the condition worse however over cleansing can also have the same effect, so you need to choose skin care products for oily skin very carefully.
Top Skin Care Tips For Oily Skin
1. Avoid using soap as this will dry the skin out too much and encourage the production of more oil
2. Avoid using shop bought skin care products that contain harsh ingredients, especially anything that contains alcohol
3. Choose gentle skin care products that have been formulated to suit oily skin
4. Pay close attention to your diet, try to eat as healthily as possible choosing fresh, natural foods
5. Flush out your system and improve your digestion (a common cause of poor skin condition) by drinking plenty of pure fresh water
6. Cleanliness is important – frequently wash your towels and pillowcases in hot water
7. Avoid touching your face or picking at and squeezing any spots and blackheads
The Best Skin Care For Oily Skin
Cleansing is one of the most important parts of a daily skin care routine for oily skin. But as we have already mentioned it is important not to overdo it.
Cleansing the skin helps to unclog pores but excessive cleansing will strip the skin of its natural oils and cause the production of more sebum.
Finding a happy medium is important; as is making sure that all traces of grime and dirt are removed from your oily skin.
Some people suggest that oily skin does not need a moisturizer but this is not true. It is just important to choose a moisturizer that works for oily skin and avoid any that are too thick, creamy or greasy.
Making your own natural skin care products is a great way to combat the problems of oily skin. Nature has to hand a great number of natural ingredients that can help oily skin.
Cleanser For Oily Skin
Oil based cleansers work well for oily skin and aromatherapy essential oils are a powerful natural tool to introduce into any skin care routine for oily skin.
Add 1 drop of lavender oil or tea tree oil to 1 drop of a base oil such as sweet almond or grapeseed. Both lavender and tea tree oils have gentle but effective anti-bacterial properties and work well for oily, spot prone skin.
Apply to your face using a cotton ball to remove all traces of grime and bacteria then rinse away with warm water.
Toner For Oily Skin
Although it’s easy to believe that a strong toner will help to tackle the problems of oily skin this is not the case.
A harsh, astringent toner will only make the problems of oily skin worse as it will remove all natural oils from the skin thus encouraging the skin to produce more oil.
Orange flower water and or a gentle witch hazel based toner will work well for oily skin. Avoid anything that contains alcohol – it’s too harsh for this skin type.
Moisturizer For Oily Skin
If your face is very shiny that you might think you do not need a moisturizer.
Oily skin does need moisturizer but it needs to be applied carefully to avoid spreading spots and bacteria around the face and the ingredients need to be specially selected so they work well for oily skin.
Some people with spot pone oily skin choose a medicated moisturizer to help with the problem and as long as the formula is gentle this can be helpful.
Other skin care experts suggest that oil should be treated with oil; meaning that oil based skin care products will improve the condition of this skin type rather than making it worse.
It is easy to think that adding more oil to the skin will exacerbate the problem – however this is not the case.
Add up to 5 drops of aromatherapy essential oils such as bergamot, cedarwood or geranium to every 10 ml of the base oil jojoba to make a homemade oily skin moisturizer.
You can combine all 3 of these essential oils to make your moisturizer, just use one or use a combination of 2 to create a uniquely fragranced product.
Exfoliator For Oily Skin
Oily skin needs to be exfoliated 1 – 3 times per week but make sure you don’t rub your skin too vigorously and work around any spots or pimples to avoid spreading them around your face.
Make your own homemade exfoliator by combining 1 teaspoon of oat bran with 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 drop of lavender essential oil.
This will give you an effective but gentle exfoliating paste that you can gently rub into your skin to slough away any dead skin cells.
After massaging the exfoliator gently into your skin for a few minutes simply rinse away with warm water.
Facemask For Oily Skin
Homemade facemasks provide a wonderful way to pamper your skin naturally. All you need to do is make your facemask apply it to your skin and then lie down and relax for 15 – 30 minutes.
If buying a facemask from a shop, be sure to choose one that has been formulated for oily skin. Better still make your own so you can be 100% sure about the ingredients you are putting on to your face.
Combine 1 tablespoon of clay with ½ teaspoon of honey and 1 drop of tea tree essential oil to make your own facemask for oily skin. You can usually buy clay from health food stores.
Take Control Of Your Oily Skin
Making your own skin care products is one of the best ways to tackle any skin care problems you may be facing.
When you make your own products you can select exactly the right ingredients that will work in harmony with your skin type and help to improve the condition of your skin.