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Here are a few tips to help you avoid an oily skin takeover and keep your skin moisturized without being greasy.
If you’re someone with naturally oily skin, then you’re aware of the ongoing battle between skin that’s moisturized and skin that’s greasy. When the hot and humid weather arrives, even those with skin on the dry side can experience a struggle. There’s a big difference between a little bit of shine on the skin and a downright oil slick. What can you do to combat the grease and achieve a healthy glow? Here are a few helpful tips:
The first step to any healthy skin care regimen starts with cleansing. Choose a cleanser that’s formulated for oily skin, which slows the production of sebum as well as removes excess oil from the surface. Be sure to cleanse your skin using warm water twice a day—in the morning when you wake up and before going to bed.
Opt for a matting primer that helps reduce the appearance of shine. It’ll help your makeup go on smoother and keep excess oil at bay. Primers these days have some amazing ingredients that go beyond just aiding in makeup application. Look for one with antioxidant vitamins to help fight against free radicals.
No matter what, you can’t avoid sunscreen. While in the past it seemed like it was the number one enemy against oily skin, this is no longer the case. Sunscreen products have come a long way and now have improved dry-down times. Many are less oily, more matte and don’t leave that greasy, shiny after-feel. In fact, some have a nice, light powdery after-feel that works great on oily skin. For the sake of healthy, youthful skin, sunscreen is incredibly important. So, find the one that works best for you.
Everyone struggles with determining the right amount of product to apply. Most of us can get away with about a dime size of product for our face, when it comes to our serums and day and night creams. Too much product can really add to the shine.
Here’s a quick tip to ensure you get the right amount of product and don’t overdo it. Apply five small dots of product, one each to your forehead, nose, chin and cheeks. Then simply blend upwards and outwards: upwards to go against gravity and outwards all the way to your hairline. Let it dry. If after this step you feel an area needs a bit more product, then apply more only to that area. I apply it this way every day. For some reason I always need a bit more moisturizer on the left side of my forehead. I’m convinced this is the area of my face that’s most exposed to the sun when I’m driving, and therefore has suffered over the years.
Masking can be greatly beneficial when it comes to combating oily skin. It’s not something that you need to do every day, but once a week or so can provide wonderful benefits to your skin. Bentonite clay is my favorite type of clay, because it is known for its absorbing and toning properties. It will remove oil, dirt and dead skin. This helps to prevent pore clogging, which ultimately leads to breakouts. A good clay mask should help diminish the appearance of pore size as well.