HOW TO TRAIN OUR SKIN TO BE LESS OILY
Struggling with an oil slick t-zone? Because I sure have. When I was a teenager I had mad oil making skin. But as I grew out of puberty my skin dialed down but still had that horrible oily look.
Even now my skin ain't the glowest and mositust skin but it's far less greasy looking and acne prone than before growing up.
So I wanted to share some tips from going greasy to dewey in hope I could help some ladies out there.
Reason for oily skin differs individually. It may due to
Presence of larger sebaceous glands
How much oil your skin produces can be controlled with skincare habits. Thank God, Right? Well let’s get started, shall we? Keep scrolling to find out how I trained my skin to be less greasy.
Avoid Washing Your Face Too Much
You have to maintain a balance in how often you wash your face. It is quite tempting to wash your face too often to get rid of that oily feeling, but that won't do any good to your skin.
Make a habit of washing your face with warm water and soap at least twice a day. Be very careful when selecting your soap. After washing your face, don't forget to use a cleanser and a moisturizer that is free of any oil to make your skin look supple.
Avoid hot water which will dehydrate your skin.
Wear a Primer
Buy yourself a translucent primer and don't forget to wear it under your makeup, but opt for the latest formulations that are non-drying to avoid making your skin look cakey.
Diet can also help, try eating less simple carbs, more vegetables and fibre (especially ones with natural vit a like carrots and sweet potatoes/squash).
I would eat healthy whatever, first and foremost.
No creams can really reduce the size of sebaceous glands which are responsible for oiliness.
But use salicylic acid based exfoliator to deep clean your pores once /twice a week or go for salicylic peels once/twice a month.
Remember to be gentle.
Don't inflame your skin with overdose of products : Any kind of external irritation/ inflammation with products / home remedy will just stimulate your oil glands and make your skin even more oily.
It may sound like the opposite of what you should be doing, but if your skin is dry feedback mechanism of our body may order it to produce more oil, making your skin oilier.
So if its severe, I would go and see a doc/dermatologist. If its mild, try some topicals and see if they help (if nothing else, there are some that help with shine).
They are great way to keep oiliness at bay.
Stop using sulfates
Harsh chemical like sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate (sulfates) are mean to your facial skin and could in fact make your oil problem worse.
This chemical dries out your skin and your skin may react by producing more oil which is what we don't want.
Dryness VS Dehydration
Realizing the difference between having oil on your skin and having moisture on your skin can help you on controlling the amount of oil your skin produces.
Even if your skin is oily you could still be dehydrated and lacking moisture so look for a light moisturizer to control the oil you produce.
Many may think when you have oily skin you want the oil gone. But believe it or not that oil is important in order to provide a natural layer of protection on your skin. So don't overdo it with these tips. Enjoy!