Skin Care Tips to Keep Excess Oil at Bay

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Fun Fact: did you know that oily-skinned women are less likely to develop fine lines compared to dry-skinned women? But that does not make an oily face a good look!

Oily skin is caused by the excessive production of sebum on the top layer of the skin. There are many reasons why the skin produces excess sebum such as raging hormones, genes and poor diet. The good news is, you don’t have to turn to expensive creams to control oil and achieve a glowing complexion. In today’s post, we are listing skin care tips to control facial sebum:

Do not Over-Cleanse

Do not make the mistake of washing your face more than two times per day or your skin will start producing more oil! There are cases wherein excessive sebum is caused by dry skin. When the skin is dry, the body will start producing more oil to keep the moisture in. Over-cleansing will only wash away your skin’s natural oils, causing dry skin to dry up even more!

Limit face washing to 2 times daily, one in the morning and another at night. Use gel-based cleansers instead of cream based ones. Make sure all skin products are oil-free.

Exfoliate Regularly

To achieve glowing skin, we highly recommend exfoliating your skin regularly. Exfoliating the skin sloughs off dead skin cells that are clogging the epidermis. These cells leave the skin splotchy, uneven looking and dull. The buildup of dead skin cells also leads to pimples, acne, blackheads and other skin issues!

You want to exfoliate your skin once or twice per week. Use gentle, circular strokes to remove dead skin cells. If you are using a facial scrub get one that is made with all-natural ingredients and less abrasive scrubbing beads. Do note that some facial scrubs contain polymer microbeads that pollute the waters and kill marine life. If you are using an exfoliating brush, get one with very gentle fibers so it is less abrasive to the skin!

Use Alcohol-Free Skin Care Products

Alcohol dries up the skin, triggering the over-production of sebum. That’s why you have to avoid any beauty product that contains alcohol. Read the label and check for alcohol in the ingredient list. Go for toners that are mild, non-drying and contains zero alcohol such as rose water or witch hazel.

Avoid Creamy, Emollient Moisturizers

To care for oily skin, you need to apply moisturizers regularly. But you have to be selective in terms of the formula of your skin moisturizer. Avoid emollient, creamy moisturizers that take a long time to sink into the skin. This can clog the pores and worsen oiliness. Stick to gel moisturizers and water-based face creams with very light formulation. Usually, gel moisturizers go on mild on the skin and absorbs easily. Avoid products with very strong fragrance. The scent could cause skin breakouts. Make sure the moisturizers are also non-comedogenic to avoid breakouts.

Protect Your Skin

Always protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays by religiously applying sunscreen every time you head out. Again, the right formula counts if you have very oily skin. Use a sunscreen that applies light and absorbs easily. Go for hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic formulas to prevent greasiness and breakouts.

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