- Washing your face can seem to make you feel better, but excessive cleansing will cause the facial skin to lose its natural oils and these oils are important for maintaining the skin’s pH balance and proper hydration. Removing natural facial oils can even increase acne. I will go ahead and take a guess that if you have oily skin, you've probably stayed far far away from something called cleansing oil…am I right?? Well, contrary to what you might think, oil cleansers have the power to dissolve oil unlike any other cleanser ingredient. Water-based cleansers fall short when it comes to effectively removing makeup and ridding your face of the excess sebum that can clog pores and create pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. Meanwhile, super drying products meant to attack acne with ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide (while effective in killing acne causing bacteria,) may have the opposite effect on skin - they can dry out your skin and actually prompt it to produce even more oil as a response. I LOVE this cleansing oil here. I grabbed mine at my local Walgreens but you can find it many places online. Before, I always used to remove my makeup with Coconut oil but the only downside was that it took forever to rinse it off my face. This one (although I’m not the biggest fan of the smell) works better than anything I’ve ever used. I’m a fan!
- Don’t over exfoliate. 1-2 times per week max. Even using a washcloth/makeup remover wipe could be over exfoliating your skin to where your skin goes into overdrive making more oil. Use your fingers/hands to wash your face.
- After washing all of your natural oils off your face, you need to bring back your skins normal pH with a toner. Toners also remove any dirt/makeup left behind from your cleanser. If you have oily skin, the use of rose water after cleansing it is absolutely necessary. Rose water helps reduce pores and prevent acne. Avoid rose water containing alcohol as it will dry out the skin. The one I’ve been using and loving is this one. It’s calming, alcohol free, smells amazing and super duper affordable.
- Use a facial oil...um what?! Many people try and combat congested/oily skin by using harsh, stripping products that remove all oils from the skin. This causes the skin to over-compensate for the reduction of oils by producing even more, which in turn worsens the congestion. My favorite facial oil is this one here. It's pretty pricey but I gave it a try when I ordered their mini collection for $39. I wasn't a fan of the other products in that collection, but the Phoenix oil…I will be splurging on that again for sure! When incorporating a facial oil into your skincare routine, remember that it should always be the last product you apply. Facial oils are, by nature, more dense than other skincare products, which means they can block lighter products such as serums from absorbing. Remember how oil floats on top of water? This is why oil is always the final step in a perfect facial routine. After you’ve rebalanced your skin, try out your makeup routine but make sure you’re giving your skin a few minutes to absorb the moisturizers/facial oils before you apply your foundation. If you are still battling the oil, read on for more tips.
- Use a primer designed to control oil on the skin before you apply your foundation. On my oily clients, I love using Loren Cosmetics BB Cream. It has a self adjusting tint and works fantastic at controlling oil.
- Use a foundation suitable for oily skin. I love the Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation because it also helps to control oil with the powder properties, gives me full coverage, still marries well with my skin and wears comfortably.
- After setting with your powder, apply an oil control setting powder to the areas you tend to get oilier. I have a new setting powder that I have been playing with and... I will just say that those of you dealing with oily skin…well, this will be your new favorite!! Stay tuned for the release coming soon!!
These tips/products have helped many battle the dreaded oiliness and breakouts I had before as well as helped keep my skin looking great but remember everyone is different so do your research on the ingredients to determine if those are good for your skin conditions.