It’s such a pain to have oily skin. Your skin looks shiny all the time, makeup never stays on for the whole day, and worst of all, you are especially prone to acne.
However, understanding how oily skin works is the first step to combating and controlling the symptoms, and obtaining that clear beautiful skin that we all yearn for.
Principal make-up artist of Blush2Brushes, Jackie Sitoh, shares with us tips on how to keep those pesky sebaceous glands under control!
What Causes Oily Skin?
Oily skin is often caused by a combination of various factors, out of which dietary habits such as consumption of large amounts of fried and oily food, and environmental factors (dusty and humid environments like the weather in our dear Singapore).
The most common culprit is stress levels. Women are also especially prone to having oilier skin during that time of the month.
Unfortunately enough, oily skin is also often hereditary, so you know who to blame!
Five Useful Tips to Control Oily Skin
1) Choose gentle oil-control products
Besides the usual cleanser and toner, it’s important that you use a moisturiser as well to balance the hydration and pH levels of your skin to control oil secretion. Choose a gel-based moisturiser that is absorbed easily if a cream-based one feels too rich for your skin.
2) Use only non-comedogenic makeup
Since oily skin tends to cause makeup to melt fast, it’s important that you choose a foundation that does not clog your pores to prevent the formation of acne and pimples. Also, avoid layering on foundation or concealer.
3) Avoid over-cleansing of your skin
You may feel tempted to wash your face more than twice a day to get rid of the oil but overzealous cleansing only damages your skin’s natural protection layer, leading to dehydrated skin that may produce more oil to compensate for the lack of hydration.
4) Avoid smoking!
Other than the simple fact that it does absolutely nothing for your health, smoking actually causes the enlargement of pores, which leads to greater production of oil from your skin.
5) Use a clay or mud mask weekly
Once or twice a week, use a deep cleansing clay or mud-based mask to remove dead cells, excess oil, dust as well as to draw out impurities lodged deep in your pores.