We all know that excessively oily skin leads to breakouts but that’s just scratching the surface. How do we know it’s oily skin that we have and not over-sweating in this ever-balmy climate that’s the main cause of the sheen on our faces. More than that, what can we do to combat oily skin, which ultimately boils down to knowing the right products to use for our skin type.
So how do we know we have oily skin?
1. Needless to say, your face looks like an oil slick by mid-day
2. You notice enlarged pores around your T-zone
3. Your skin rarely feels dry or tight
4. Oily residue is left on your mobile phone after using them
5. Your face appears oily even though you had just washed your face
6. Though bangs are meant to be cute, they tend to be oily all the time
7. Makeup never seems to stay on for long
8. You always feel the need to blot your skin dry
Oily skin is not a sign of unhealthiness although they do tend to clog your pores which then lead to unsightly acne. But the plus point? The oils on your skin help to keep skin moister and smoother as compared to dry skin and may be better at warding off aging.
But if the oils on your skin is becoming more of a bother, why not try these, be it in the comfort of your own home or in a pampering spa?
Although this sounds counterintuitive, using the right kind of oils for your face can actually help to reduce oiliness. Many oils like jojoba oils, grapeseed oil and rosehip oil contain anti-inflammatory , anti-bacterial and soothing compounds. Many consumers out there think they should fight oiliness with products that aim to strip oils from their skin but this only tells the skin to overcompensate for the reduction in oil by reducing oil, worsening the problem.
When looking for oils for your face, find one that is light and non-comedogenic, ie will not clog pores and you will find that oils production tend to be ‘better managed’, skin is still kept moisturised without any dryness.
With the right kind of acids that aren’t too harsh for your skin, you can help to keep oily skin under control. Using one that boosts your skin’s natural exfoliation process while helping your skin to retain its moisture would be ideal for oily skin.
Many have raved on the efficacy and sheer simplicity of using Sleep Mode, an oil free aloe vera gel with glycolic acid, that not only fights the bad bacteria on your skin, it also helps to promote moisturisation by renewing native skin collagen. Best of all, you apply it as the last product before you go to bed and wake up with glowing, refreshed skin. It really is as easy as that.
Stay in control
If breakouts are your concern (from excessive oil production), you could try something like Fruit Enzyme, which is a non-oily serum that puts misbehaving skin in their place. It not only heals and reduce blemishes, it also prevents future breakouts.
Alternatively there’s always an acne-fighting, skin-clearing facial you can try to deep clean those pores once and for all. Clear Blue has rescued many problem skins and has been the go-to when you find yourself breaking out in acne. Using sonic cleansing to deeply cleanse your face from gunk and dirt, this facial is followed with Clear Blue light therapy to fight bacteria and shrink pores, and finally ending with a round of gentle fruit acids for a deeper clean and to promote exfoliation of the dead skin cells, for a renewed glow (and confidence dare we say).