Call it shiny, sleek or greasy, it all comes down to one skin type – oily skin. This skin type is recognized by excess sebum which is the natural oil secreted by the sebaceous glands.
Sebum is a combination of dead skin cells and lipids and it does an important job of lubricating and nourishing our skin as well as protecting it from moisture-sucking elements.
But, there are those of us who produce an overabundance of it, and we consider ourselves lucky if our entire face doesn’t go from glowy to greasy by noon (on a good day).
However, the amount of “oiliness” produced is genetically predetermined, which means that you can’t completely get rid of having oily skin.
What you can do is follow these 10 easy tips below on how to step up your skincare game and keep shine under control.
1. Choose A Cleanser
A little tip would be to avoid spending extra dollars on cleansers that claim to reduce oil and get your little hearts broken when the oil returns after some time.
All cleansers will remove oil and leave your skin feeling fresh and clean for the time being until it all comes back.
The important thing when you are choosing a cleanser is to avoid products that might induce irritation due to the high alcohol content they contain, or oil-based cleansers that are too gentle and won’t do any good for your oily skin.
Look for mild foaming or gel formulas as opposed to the creamy formulas for your maximum benefit.
2. Then Comes The Toner
Adding a toner in your skincare routine is like calling in for that extra help to complete your cleanse.
Adding a little bit of toner on a cotton disc and swiping it across your face after cleansing will remove any traces of pollution or makeup that might be left lingering on your face after cleansing.
Toners help to bring the pH of the skin back and balance it out, as well as to soothe, calm, and tone your skin.
Oily skins will slightly benefit from astringents such as witch hazel due to the most desired effect of pore-shrinking and controlling the overproduction of oil.
However, toners that contain alcohol should be utterly avoided due to the drying and irritating effect they typically have on the skin.
3. Avoid Heavy Moisturizers
You may think that the excess oil on your skin compensates for not using a moisturizer and would rather skip this step because of that reason but I would like to tell you something you probably don’t know.
It is actually the other way around.
When your skin is dehydrated, it tries to overcompensate the lack of moisture needed for normal function with producing even more oil.
And that is the first world problem a.k.a shiny forehead explained right there.
The key to controlling oily and shine-prone skin is finding balance. Therefore, you should always look for a lightweight, oil-free, and hydrating moisturizer.
This will soak into your skin easily without clogging your pores in the process and will leave your skin feeling fresh and clean instead of shiny and greasy.
4. Commit To Masking
Applying a mask two times a week will help draw out impurities from your skin, absorb grease, and shrink pores.
Giving your skin a detox reset in the form of a clay mask that contains natural absorbing molecules will soak up all impurities and reduce shine as well as prevent breakouts that unfortunately often go hand in hand with excess oil on the skin.
5. Don’t Forget To Exfoliate
Shiny skin is often asking for something to help slough off the build-up of dead skin cells on its surface.
Exfoliation promotes a healthier complexion, improved skin color, and overall smoother skin.
Exfoliating once to twice weekly is a good way to give your skin the help it needs to be able to get rid of the gunk that may be clogging your pores and causing breakouts and the most unwanted shine.
Oily skins are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing the right exfoliating agent as both chemical exfoliators and mechanical scrubs can do the job without giving your skin an overly sensitive reaction.
6. Stock Up On Blotting Sheets
The worst thing about having oily skin is that sometimes the shine appears throughout the day even when you’re in no position to wash your face.
That’s why you will find having blotting sheets near you very helpful when you need a quick fix to keep the build-up of oil away.
If you happen to find yourself without any reinforcements, head to the nearest bathroom and use blotting sheets to instantly dab away the shine without ruining your makeup.
7. Hydration Is The Key
Let’s quickly run through one of the main triggers for oily skin and excess shine as well as add a solution that costs nothing in order to fix your problem.
The main trigger for overproduction of oil is believed it or not poor hydration, and it’s as simple as this:
Low water intake triggers our system into detecting the problem and our body is rushed to give its own, unique solution to this.
The sebaceous glands are immediately thrown into overwork upon detecting dehydration and produce excess sebum to compensate the moisture our skin is missing.
Always make sure you stay well hydrated with drinking more than 8 glasses of water a day.
8. Pizza Is Not Your Friend
Poor diet and the constant eating of junk food can be one of the main triggers for many serious health-related problems.
When something is wrong anywhere in the body, it always tends to show on the skin.
Many skin concerns address an imbalanced diet including clogged pores due to excess production of oil which can lead to acne, bumps, cysts, etc.
You might want to remember that having your fruits and greens daily will be beneficial for your overall health and your skin too will be grateful for your choice.
9. Kill The Stress
I doubt that you need me to be the one to tell you that you should avoid stress.
While it is impossible to avoid stressful situations, you may want to focus on learning how to deal with these because we all know that stress can let all hell break loose on your overall health and your skin is not an exception.
Stress can trigger hormonal imbalances which stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum and clog the pores. Clogged pores are what essentially causes the most dreaded acne problems.
Which – I am not going to lie – was the main reason how I ended up with a face full of acne at one point in my life.
10. Scale Back On Makeup
Foundations can feel heavy, especially in hot weather, and hot weather has made us look like a hot mess on more than one occasion.
Foundations and heavy makeup can melt into your pores and clog them. This will not kill the shine but on the contrary – it will make the surface of your skin look like a hot damn sweaty and shiny mess.
Try switching to a tinted moisturizer for the summer days as these are typically lightweight and keep your makeup where it belongs.
Also, most of the tinted moisturizers on the market contain SPF, which we all know is something you should never neglect in summer.
These are just a few things that anyone who is dealing with oily skin and unwanted shine can do to balance and improve the texture of their skin.
Following these simple steps will dramatically improve the health and appearance of your skin.
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