Knowing your skin type is essential to having the best skin you can possibly have, and oily skin is one that can really shift when you know how to treat it right. There are many things that cause oily skin, including: genetics, your current routine, your environment and age. For people who have oily skin, it can be tricky sometimes to figure out the best products and routine to implement. It can take some trial and error, and even from there making adjustments depending on the season and how your skin is currently feeling.
Here is how to build the right skincare regimen for oily skin:
Always cleanse twice a day
Cleansing twice a day is essential for oily skin to ensure that you remove any buildup on the skin, from oil, impurities and anything you might have picked up during the day such as pollution. If you don’t remove the buildup and excess oil, this can cause extra stress and irritation for your skin. And yet, this is a delicate balance. It is important to use an effective cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils which can result in even oiler skin. Many people with oil skin find that a double cleanse method at night is effective to first remove makeup and then with a hydrating or purifying cleanser go in for a second wash to really cleanse. If your skin is feeling is stripped and needs something gentle in the morning, you can use a micellar water or that hydrating cleanser again.
Use a toner
If you aren’t already using a toner, this is a must! It can help to shrink the appearance of pores and help to control oil. You can put a couple different toners in your rotation to focus on different treatments, such as hydrating and oil-control with specific ingredients such as Salicylic Acid.
Apply a non-comedogenic moisturizer
A non-comedogenic moisturizers help hydrate the skin without clogging pores. With oily skin that is generally more prone to clogged pores, this is a step that can make a significant difference. Many people with oily skin report feeling their skin as feeling more oily or slick when using a moisturizer that is too much and seems to sit on the skin rather than sink in. A great option for a non-comedogenic moisturizer is the Blue Lagoon oil free emulsion, with its natural yet highly effective ingredients.
Exfoliate once a week
Exfoliating once a week helps to give the skin a reset and is a deeper product to help remove buildup. Glycolic acid in particular is a great ingredient to look for since it is known to help with reducing oil production. If you find that your skin is more irritated or stressed, this is a step to scale back and take longer between treatments.
Now that we have an idea of the steps that we do want to take, it is important to also note the few ingredients to avoid for oily skin. Ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, or petroleum jelly can clog pores for oily skin and cause more oiliness or the appearance of it. So, it is best to stick to products labeled non-comedogenic.