To start the discussion on oily skin care, it’s imperative to first understand the cause behind oily skin. Put simply, oily skin is a result of excessive production of sebum (an oily substance that is naturally produced by skin). As is known to everyone, excess of everything is bad; so excessive sebum is bad too. It leads to clogging of skin pores, resulting in accumulation of dead cells and hence formation of pimples/acne. Moreover, oily skin spoils your looks too. So, oily skin care is just as important as the skin care for other types of skin.
The basic aim of oily skin care is the removal of excessive sebum or oil from the skin. However, oily skin care procedures should not lead to complete removal of oil. Oily skin care starts with the use of a cleanser. However, not all cleansers will work. You need a cleanser which contains salicylic acid that retards the rate of sebum production like Cleanse Me! w/ Coconut Charcoal Gel Cleanser. This cleanser pulls out toxins and impurities from the skin with ease and helps the skin to have a soft, clean and purified look and appearance. Cleansing should be done twice a day (and even more in hot and humid conditions).
Most of the oily skin care products are oil-free; however, it is always good to check the ingredients of the product, before you actually buy it. This is especially important if a product is marked as suitable for all skin types, instead of an oily skin care product. Oily skin care is also dependent on the degree of oiliness; if you aren’t too oily, some of these “suitable for all” types of products might work for you too. For extremely oily skin, only oily skin care products are suitable.
Your oily skin care routine can include an alcohol based toner (for an extremely oily skin) like Tone & Renew Me! Toner 7% Glycolic Acid. The Glycolic Acid boosts cell turnover to exfoliate, unclog, clear and reduce the dulling cells. This toner also contains witch hazel which nourishes and treats the skin. This should be the second step in your oily skin care routine i.e. just after cleansing. Remember, excessive toning can harm your skin.
The third step in your oily skin care routine should be a mild moisturizer. Again, the degree of oiliness of your skin will determine whether you need to include this in your oily skin care routine. If you do decide to include a moisturiser, be sure to use one that is wax-free and lipid-free like Moisturize Me! Oil Control Daily Moisturizer. This lightweight moisturizer can also be used on your hands or all over your body as it won’t clog your pores. It’s very moisturizing to the skin and can be used by anyone with sensitive, oily or acne-prone skin.
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