Oily Skin - Beauty Tips To Beat The Grease!
Dewy is one thing, shiny is another... But don't panic - changing your beauty routine, avoiding certain traps and applying the right make up will leave you with a flawless complexion!
OILY SKIN - BEAUTY - TIPS TO BEAT THE GREASE!
Shiny T-zone, open pores, spots and blemishes... Welcome to oily skin. It's a common beauty bane in our quest for beautiful skin. Sebum forms part of our skin's natural barrier. However, things can go downhill when sebum production goes into overdrive.
But don't worry, just follow our simple tips! To purify your skin and calm down shiny zones and greasy skin, you just need to re-jig your beauty routine. Cleanse morning and night with a product designed to remove excess sebum. Moisturise with a light mattifying cream for combination skin and apply a clay face mask once a week to deeply cleanse your face.
Make up wise, go for products that let skin breathe. Avoid thick foundations and stick to non-comedogenic make up. Invest in a BB cream and loose powder to brighten your complexion and camouflage any minor blemishes. And welcome a back a dewy rather than greasy glow!
SOS OILY SKIN: THE SKINCARE REGIME THAT KICKS THE SLICK
Dilated pores, spots, blemishes – oily skin can come with a host of problems. Zap the shine with a gentle cleansing routine to rebalance and mattify your complexion.
STEP 1: EFFECTIVE MAKE-UP REMOVAL
Oily skin secretes more sebum than other skin types, especially around the T-zone. Evening cleansing is essential to get rid of excess sebum, along with impurities that suffocate the skin, clog pores and cause blackheads and blemishes.
STEP 2: PURIFYING TONER
After cleansing, use a toner to remove any remaining make-up, offset the dehydrating effect of hard water and purify skin. Choose a formula rich in purifying essential oils such as peppermint, lemon catnip, rosemary and thyme. If you get pimples, a few drops of tea tree oil will enhance your toner's antibacterial and cleansing properties.
STEP 3: FACE SCRUB + MASK COMBO
Use an exfoliating scrub once a week to deeply clean pores and remove dead skin. Scrubbing too hard can result in excess production of sebum, so gently massage the skin using small, circular movements, paying particular attention to the T-zone. Finish with a clay-based purifying mask – clay is great for absorbing sebum, impurities and toxins. You'll be left with deeply cleansed skin and a smooth, matt complexion.
STEP 4: THE RIGHT MOISTURISER
Oily skin has a delicate water/lipid balance, so choose the right day and night creams for your skin type. They're specially formulated to provide a purifying and balancing action that regulates sebum production. Most importantly, they absorb excess oil to create a matt look. During the day, opt for a hydrating cream or a light serum that will easily penetrate the skin, moisturising it but not adding excess oil or smothering the pores. In the evening, go for a slightly richer formula that will nourish and soften the skin, while allowing it to breathe.
SKINCARE FOR OILY SKIN: BANISH SHINE FOR GOOD!
Hands up who wants a fresh, dewy complexion! And hands up if you're stuck with an oily shine... Fret not, here are our tips for getting a dawn 'til dusk matt complexion.
MORNING ANTI-SHINE ROUTINE
# Cleansing: We can't repeat ourselves enough... Cleansing is THE flawless skin golden rule. Use a light cleanser in the morning, such as a mousse or gel that won't stimulate sebaceous glands responsible for oily skin. And finish off with a spritz of thermal or floral water to leave your skin feeling fresh and clean.
# Moisturising: even oily skin needs its dose! Apply a moisturiser suited to your skin's needs: go for products that contain purifying, mattifying and sebum-regulating active ingredients. Invest in light, easily-absorbed textures that'll hydrate your skin without pumping it full of lipids.
# Make up: for a long-lasting matt complexion, apply a mineral-based foundation designed for oily skin - it'll let your skin breathe. And use a loose, non-comedogenic powder to fix your foundation. Don't apply too much, or you'll suffocate your skin!
DAYTIME ANTI-SHINE ROUTINE
# Mattifying wipes: thanks to their absorbing agents, these wipes are great for mopping up sebum throughout the day. Lightly tap them on to any shiny zones to remove excess oil, whilst keeping your make up in tact.
# Mattifying powder: once you've finished with your wipe, apply a transparent loose or compact mattifying powder to your T-zone. It'll help fix your make up and keep the shine at bay.
EVENING ANTI-SHINE ROUTINE
# Cleansing: an evening cleanse is essential if you want to remove sebum and grime that could suffocate your skin, leading to blocked pores, blackheads and blemishes. Use a light make up remover (such as micellar water) followed by a cleanser designed for oily skin. Follow with a toner to further purify your skin and remove any traces of make up and limestone (from tap water).
# Scrub: treat your skin to a weekly scrub to unclog pores and remove skin-dulling dead cells. Gently massage it on using small, circular movements, paying particular attention to your T-zone.
# Purifying face mask: follow your scrub with a purifying green clay mask that'll deeply cleanse your skin and balance out any surface sebum.
# Moisturising: don't forget to finish your evening routine with a moisturiser. Go for a slightly richer texture, packed with balancing active ingredients designed to nourish (rather than clog) your skin whilst you sleep.
OILY SKIN: YOU NEED TO REAPPLY A LITTLE LOTION?
TACKLE YOUR OILY SKIN
The sun and the heat can be fatal for tanning the skin. In the summer, UV rays augment the production of sebum, which secretes more easily through dilated pores as a result of climbing temperatures. Sebum acts in ‘self defense’ mode when the skin is losing water, producing more oil to retain it. The result is that our face shines and our skin feels greasy to the touch. Another factor is perspiration: caused by heat, stress or exertion, perspiration mixes with sebum and increases the shine. Our skin will look greasier than ever, but rest assured, you are not alone – a shiny T-zone is a concern for one in every two women. So what’s the solution?
HYDRATION IS YOUR FRIEND
It’s a common mistake to think that an application of cream will make the skin oilier. In fact, hydrating the skin is essential, even when it is oily, otherwise it will dry out and secrete more sebum to maintain balance. However, choose a hydrating product with a light texture, such as a lotion or an emulsifying mattifier, which diminishes shine. Some products refine skin texture to make it feel lighter. An emulsion consisting of an aqueous phase which hydrates and an oily phase (essential oils and vegetable oils) which protects is ideal for oily skin. Choose a formulation that contains more water than oily substances so that it absorbs quickly without leaving an oily film. Also try cleansing with a clay mask as this will unclog pores and better oxygenate the skin.
OILS TO FIGHT GREASY SKIN: THE FACTS
We've heard that face oils work wonders, but what about those of us with oily skin? Well, you'll be delighted to know that they're excellent blemish-busters! Here's why...
THE PURIFYING POWER OF ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential oils are packed with goodness and, if chosen correctly, can soothe and purify skin, as well as regulate sebum production and deal with unsightly open pores.
Some of the best skin-friendly essential oils are oregano, lemongrass, lemon balm, citronella, rosemary, lavender, clove and chamomile. When blended with a vegetable oil, these scented miracle-workers can handle all that oily skin throws at us.
FACE OILS, A MUST FOR OILY SKIN
In one clean sweep they soothe, balance, purify and nourish oily skin. Which is great news, as traditionally oily skin treatments tended to be harsh and abrasive - not the best idea for a skin type that actually needs loving care! And the added plus? The latest generation of face oils are ultra-light, velvety in texture and quickly penetrate skin without leaving a greasy film.
HOW SHOULD I USE A FACE OIL TO PURIFY MY SKIN?
In the morning, add a couple of drops to your day cream (it makes a great make up primer) and gently tap it in using your fingertips. In the evening, gently press the oil onto your forehead, cheeks and neck, which craves just as much care as your face!
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