Oily Skin Blog
Suffering from oily skin is a common factor in a lot of teenagers lives, mine has been no different. Having just reached the end of my teen years, I’ve become friends with my oily skin and now work with it instead of fighting against it. However, it doesn’t end the second you turn 20, it can carry on throughout life. Oily skin is just as it sounds, skin that produces an excessive amount of oil. This causes the skin to look greasy and shiny, and when not treated correctly can be a contributing factor to causing acne. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean stripping the skin; the oiliest skin is actually dehydrated because people are scared of adding moisture.
Don’t blame your oily skin on eating that kebab on the way back from a night out. Although diet and lifestyle can have an effect on your skins oil levels it isn’t always the case. Hormone levels and genetics have an overriding effect on oil production.
A big mistake with oily skin is not giving it enough moisture and overcompensating, stripping the skin which in turn causes the skin to produce more oil. In my skincare routine firstly I use a hydrating cleanser, then a glycolic acid for exfoliating. Physical exfoliators can be too harsh and abrasive on sensitive skin and can cause micro-tears. After an exfoliant I then moisturise, it doesn’t have to be too rich but something to keep the skin hydrated. If I’m having a breakout that day I will also apply a spot treatment if necessary. Face masks are a great way to introduce further moisture and all-round benefits for the skin. I try to incorporate a face mask into my routine at least three times a week, if not more. The Multivitamin mask is my personal favourite for keeping my skin hydrated and nourished, the Soothing Starter Pack includes this as well as two other great masks to maintain healthy skin. An important note is to never forget SPF in the mornings as it’ll help protect from sun damage and premature ageing, (yes even in the winter)!
On the talk of wrinkles, a positive about oily skin is that it can keep wrinkles at bay for slightly longer than dry skin does. The natural oils in your skin help to hydrate it and keep it more supple. Although this isn't to say you won't get wrinkles, they may not appear as early and in some cases fewer than those with dry skin.
We know oily skin can be a pain but when the skin is balanced via the use of skincare, everything becomes easier. Makeup woes are something of the past. By using a pore-refining primer, oil-free matte foundation and a setting powder, your makeup last a lot longer. And whilst everyone else is paying for the Jlo glow us oily gals and guys get it for free!
On the whole oily skin isn’t all bad, in fact, once controlled it can be very beneficial.