We get it - that greasy shine isn’t really the type of glow you want, and you can't help wanting to curse your skin for being so oily. But it's time to stop resenting those overactive sebaceous glands and embrace your skin type. You are still you, and still awesome. :)
Here are some tips on how to care for oily skin - these will help you tweak your beauty regime to avoid breaking out or feeling sticky!
A lot of us think that because we have overactive oil glands, we should wash our face very frequently. But that's not necessarily true - you risk damaging your skin by over-cleansing too. Experts suggest washing your face with a gentle cleanser, or a pharma cleanser like Cetaphil, twice a day to avoid stripping your skin completely of its natural oils.
Remember that a cream doesn't have to feel greasy to hydrate your skin. Just because your skin is greasy doesn’t mean you can slack off on moisturizing. A water-based or oil-free formula is what you should be looking for in a moisturizer. Choose a feather-light day cream like Za Perfect Solution Moisturizer, it hydrates your skin and promises to restore that glow to your pretty face - with regular usage, of course!
Breakouts usually happen due to clogged pores - when excess oil (sebum) produced by our skin accumulates within the follicle, leading to bacterial infections. It's essential that we cleanse and care for our skin properly in order to avoid this. The Body Shop's Tea Tree Range is designed for oily skin and can be super-effective in keeping your skin bacteria-free; it also has a hint of menthol that leaves your skin feeling fresh and light.
Using a face pack containing Fullers' earth/ Multani Mitti at home helps draw out impurities from the skin, leading to cleaner pores and a gentle glow. One favourite is a pack made of sandalwood powder and gram flour with rose water. Wash your face with cool water after applying the pack to avoid leaving your pores open (and thus vulnerable to dirt and dust) after the treatment.
If your face is sensitive, we suggest you splurge a little and opt for a suitable facial when you're at the salon (instead of the most inexpensive "regular" facial they have on offer). After all, you went there to make your skin shine like a star, right? We suggest Kaya Skin Clinic's Pure Pore Clear Skin Facial (prices vary), a deep cleansing treatment designed for oily skin. Also, feel free to ask your facialist to use lighter strokes on your skin to enjoy your facial without causing any pressure damage to your skin.
It’s generally a smart idea not to overload your face with too many makeup products, especially if you have oily skin. Always try and use more concealer than foundation as the latter can clog your pores and contains more oil than a concealer. Oil-free or mineral-based foundations, like Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Foundation, are what you should use. Let your foundation settle for 5 to 10 minutes and then dust on a translucent setting powder, like Maybelline Shine Free Oil-Control Pressed Powder, to keep greasiness at bay and stop it from ruining your makeup.
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