Regular skin care routine keeps our skin refreshed and rejuvenated and dermatologists always emphasize the importance of having strict skincare regimen in the morning and before bedtime. However, to get the best out of your skincare routine, you need to adjust it to your skin type. If you have oily skin and can’t seem to improve the “condition”, then you should make some tweaks in your daily skincare routine. In this article, we’ll show you how.
Oily skin overview
Oily skin occurs when sebaceous glands produce excessive amounts of oil. This skin type is, also, more prone to blackheads and acne. There are several reasons that cause oily skin, and some of them include:
- Hormonal changes – e.g. during menopause, pregnancy, etc.
- Stress – it always has a big impact on your skin. When you’re stressed androgen levels, increase which promote sebum production
- Heredity – if one of the parents has oily skin, the chances are high that child will have oily skin as well
- Sun exposure – the sun tends to dry out your skin, but the body responds to this injury by producing more sebum to heal
- Skincare products – choosing wrong skincare products, using them inadequately, or exfoliating too much can all cause oily skin
- Weather changes – you have probably already noticed that skin is somewhat oilier during summer, but in some people winter can cause skin to become oilier as well. Cold weather dries out the skin which, in turn, overcompensates for this occurrence by producing more sebum
- Other causes of the oily skin include medication, diet, etc.
Symptoms of oily skin are quite obvious; the skin is characterized by oily and shiny texture and large pores.
How oily skin affects person’s life?
Oily skin significantly affects person’s self-esteem making them feel subconscious about the way they look and preventing them from socializing with larger groups of people. Effects of oily skin on people’s lives were investigated by the group of scientists from the UK, US and Germany: Robert Arbuckle (Mapi Values Ltd, Cheshire UK), IlkaKuhagen (International Qualitative Marketing Research, Munich Germany), Mark J Atkinson (Family and Preventative Medicine, University of California) and many others. The study included an equal number of male and female participants. Findings of this research were published in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, and they revealed that oily skin had both emotional and social impact on participants. Furthermore, oily skin was associated with feelings of unattractiveness, self-consciousness, embarrassment, frustration and irritation.
Skincare routine for oily skin
To deal with oily skin successfully, you just have to know what changes to make in your skin care regimen. Here are some tips on how to regulate and how to prevent oily skin from affecting your self-esteem again:
- Choose the right cleanser
You should clean your skin twice a day, in the morning and before going to bed. American Academy of Dermatology recommends using oil-free non-comedogenic cleansers, which means they don’t clog pores. Most people make a big mistake by choosing harsh cleansers for oily skin hoping it would remove excess oils while they only aggravate the condition. You should use cleansers that are powerful, but with a gentle formula. After washing your face, instead of rubbing it, pat it dry.
Toners are usually overlooked, but they are an important part of the adequate skin care routine, especially if you have oily skin. Toners remove makeup residue, and other impurities that cleanser couldn’t reach and they, also, revitalize your skin. Just like with cleansers, ideal toner for oily skin is the one with powerful formula, but without harsh ingredients. For example, Solvaderm’s Maxatone is perfect for removing skin-dulling impurities without harsh and drying ingredients. Here are a few reasons why you should use Maxatone for toning skin:
- Removes impurities, like oil, dirt, environmental pollutants, and makeup residue
- Unclogs pores
- Due to tightening effect it minimizes the appearance of pores
- Skin is even-toned
- Prevents acne breakouts
- Reduces redness and swelling that makes skin look splotchy
- Hydrates and nourishes your skin
- Protects skin from damage caused by free radicals.
The product is made of natural ingredients such as witch hazel extract that act as blemish fighter, achillea millefolium extract that offers toning and purifying properties and many others.
Maxatone is used like any other product, moisten a cotton pad and apply on your face and neck with upward and outward strokes.
This is also where most people make mistakes – choosing to avoid moisturizers. In fact, moisturizers are extremely beneficial for your skin, regardless of the type. For oily skin, you should opt for a moisturizer with an oil-free formula.
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and other impurities. However, if you too often, it may cause an opposite effect, which is why some people complain about oily skin even though they exfoliate it. Ideally, you should try exfoliating once or twice a week to remove all impurities and excess oil. Exfoliation accelerates cell renewal process and makes your skin smooth, evens its texture, and rejuvenates it at the same time.
Applying sunscreen protects you from sunburns, photo aging, skin cancer, and it also controls oil and shine. The best sunscreens for oily skin contain oil-absorbing zinc or titanium dioxide. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out and remember; you should use sunscreen even when it’s not summer.
6. Go easy with makeup
If you have oily skin, you should strive to avoid slathering several coats of foundations and powder as they would only clog your pores and aggravate the condition of your skin. Instead of oil-based makeup products, you should opt for water-based. When purchasing foundation, you should always make sure it comes with some vitamins that nourish the skin. Ideally, BB (blemish and beauty) creams would be much better alternatives to standard foundations. One coat is enough; it will provide desired texture without clogging pores.
Furthermore; you should avoid sleeping with makeup on and strive to remove makeup when you get home. After that, thoroughly wash your face to remove makeup and makeup remover residue.
Oily skin significantly affects person’s confidence, but luckily, with adequate skin care routine it is easy to deal with it and prevent future excessive production of oil. Remember, always go for gentle formulas with powerful effects and stay away from harsh cleansers and other skincare products with harsh formula.
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