If you’re like me then oily skin is nothing new. As nice as the summer heat is, it isn’t exactly conducive to a shine-free complexion. So, where exactly does our oily skin come from?
Well, chances are it’s genetic. If you have oily skin you most likely inherited the trait from either of your parents. Our hormones are another contributing factor, hence our oily skin during the teenage years, menstruation and not to mention during STRESSFUL times. Of course certain skincare products coupled with a few bad habits doesn’t help, but there’s nothing a few tips and tricks can’t fix!:
Don’t wash as often: I know how it sounds. Not washing your oily skin as often can’t be good! Well, it is. Look at it this way: when you continuously cleanse your delicate face, your skin reacts by over-producing the oil that you just washed away. Our skin uses this lubrication as a way to protect itself. My oily skin only needs to be cleansed morning and night. No “if”, “and’s” or “but’s”!
Exfoliate once in a while: Constantly exfoliating your skin will do nothing for oilyness. In fact, it may have the same effect as over-washing: more oil. Exfoliating your skin is great to get rid of dead skin cells and dry skin, which could potentially lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Gentle exfoliating a few times per week is plenty to keep your skin bright and healthy. I stick by my Clarisonic for a gentle exfoliation 3 times per week.
Switch up the moisturizer: Daily application of the same, pore-clogging moisturizer does no good for our oily skin. If you suffer from oily skin, stay away from the occlusive moisturizers such as petroleum jelly and mineral oil. These moisturizers hold moisture in while sitting on top of the skin. This may not be a good thing for oily skin since the sebum could become trapped and result in acne. Stick to a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that won’t trap in sebum or clog your pores.
Mask, mask, mask: Finding the right oil-controlling mask could be exactly what you need. Masks that remove excess oil without drying the skin are a perfect way to control the shine. My favorite is a pure bentonite clay mask. Simply mix the bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar to form a thick paste. Apply to the skin and allow to dry. Once I wash the mask away, I notice that my skin is smoother,brighter and shine-free! Bentonite clay can be purchased online or at your local natural health food store.
Blot, away!: If you’re in a bind and need to get rid of a shiny complexion stat, then try blotting papers. These handy little papers can easily fit in your bag and are a great way to get rid of the shine in a hurry. Simply pat the sheet (as small as a credit card) along the oily areas of your face. Most pharmacies carry oil control papers such as these ones from Walgreens.
Peace, love & coconuts!