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Skin Care

Tips for Oily Skin

Oily skin needs as much – if not more – TLC as normal or dry skin types.

The CHallenge

Over cleansing the face damages dries up your outer layers flesh (though it may not feel like it). At the same time, abandoning to care for the skin altogether fails to combat the greasiness that begins to drown your T-zone mid-day. 

Consequently, those with oily skin fall victim to having limited options for skincare routines. Fighting oily skin is a frustrating battle to overcome. 

 

However, using the right products and going through a cautious skin routine, your face will feel more refreshed overtime.
TIPS FOR OILY SKIN

Take care of your t-zone

Explained by licensed cosmetologist Jen Adkins, the T-zoneconsists of your forehead, nose, and chin. These are common places on our face that have excess oil, acne, and blackheads for people who have oily or combination skin type.” Though oils on your cheeks and eyelids build up throughout the day, focus efforts on caring for the three areas in the T-zones that are more prone to grease.

mattifying moisturizers

There is this misconception that oily skin does not need moisturizer. However, hydration is necessary – even when it seems as if moisturizer is the last thing that you need – for irritated skin. As mentioned earlier, the right products will help tame the oils your body produces. Applying an oil-free or mattifying moisturizer will get the job done without adding more shine. Products from Neutrogena and The Body Shop don’t break the bank, either.

MAKE AN OATMEAL MASK

Oatmeal masks are not only easy to make, but they benefit nearly every skin type, especially oily skin. To recreate Allure’s three-ingredient recipe, mix one raw egg and one tablespoon of lemon juice with ½ cup of cooked oatmeal. The oats soothe agitated skin, and the alpha hydroxy acids (AHAS) in the lemon juice “ binds surface skin cells together, allowing dead ones to be whisked away. This “glue” becomes denser as we age, slowing down the natural cell-turnover process that reveals younger skin.”

Have awareness of Foods that effect hormones

An imbalance of hormonal levels leaves both the body and the skin prone to more grease buildup. Find Your Glow Nutritionist Zoe Dent dvises that in addition to sugary foods, eating “dairy and gluten and not enough healthy omega-3 fats, zinc, probiotics, vitamins A, C, E and protein (collagen especially),” worsens the imbalance. Though these are not the direct catalysts for facial acne and blackheads, oily skin would benefit from smarter food choices.

Avocados and nuts are not only healthier fat options, but they are also fun to snack on and add on top of salads and side dishes.

 

Your face will thank you once you ditch the setting powder and start using some blotting sheets. Easy to carry around, blotting sheets can be applied anytime for quick touch-ups, whether after the gym or after a greasy cheat meal. If not using them already, blotting sheets should move towards the top of your shopping list, as they can also remove oils from the hair and phone screen. What’s not to love?

BLOTTING SHEETS