If you have oily skin, you understand the problems and frustrations that go along with it. Blackheads and acne, shiny skin and makeup that is always slip-sliding away are the norm. Of course, there are positives – your skin is always moisturized, tans better and will age slower than your drier-skinned friends.
Still, dealing with oily skin on a day-to-day basis isn’t easy, but it can be managed with a consistent skin care routine. Diligently following a few simple skin care tips for oily skin can help keep the oil under control, without the use of expensive skin care plans or products.
Often the most neglected step, but probably the most important is daily cleansing your face. Use a clarifying or oil-control cleanser to rid your skin of excess oils and remove old surface skin cells. Make sure that all makeup is removed and your skin is thoroughly cleansed before going to bed each night.
The use of a toner after cleansing is extremely helpful in controlling oil on the skin. It provides a deeper clean without over-drying. Choose a toner that is alcohol-free to minimize harshness to the skin.
Primer is an invaluable tool when applying makeup to oily skin. There are many varieties available for various skin types, including oily skin as well as those that minimize pores, which is often a concern when your skin is more oily. Primer creates a smooth surface for makeup to be applied to, which creates a smoother look to your skin.
There are literally dozens, if not hundreds, of choices when it comes to foundation. This is a good thing, since you can tailor your foundation to your skin type. Choose one that is oil-free and designed not to clog pores. There are foundations that offer matte coverage and a smooth finish to minimize the appearance of oily skin. It is better to stay away from foundations that provide a “luminous” or “dewy” finish as these tend to add more shine to the skin.
It may seem counter-productive to add moisture to skin that already produces too much oil, but it is, in fact, very important to use moisturizer, even with oily skin. Sometimes, excess oil is produced because the skin is actually too dry, so it overcompensates and produces more oil to combat the dryness. Keeping skin properly moisturized helps prevent this cause of oily skin. It also balances the drying effects of other products you may use. Of course, you will want to choose an oil-free moisturizer or one that is made specifically for oily skin.
If you have consistently oily skin, you are not doomed to a life of shine and breakouts. It may require more time and attention on your part, but you can have the healthy, balanced skin you desire by following these simple steps. Develop a good skin-care routine and be consistent with it, and you will soon bring out the best in your skin.