Skin Care Tips For Oily Skin To Prep Your Summer Holiday
Oily skin is hard to control because it’s the result of genetically determined hormonal changes in your body, and you simply cannot control hormones topically. Hence, the first step in caring for oily skin is to take a critical look at your current skincare routine this summer.
The following tips for oily skin will help you take control of your skin so you’ll see less oil, smaller pores, and fewer breakouts.
1. Start With A Gentle Cleanser
Use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser twice daily. A gel-based or mild foaming cleanser will be perfect for oily skin. A good cleanser never contains any irritants or fragrance and is the first step towards controlling combination skin. All cleansers at Paula’s Choice do not contain irritating ingredients and are fragrance-free.
Avoid bar soaps or bar cleansers of any kind, regardless of their claims.
“The ingredients that put bar cleansers in their bar form can clog pores and are always too drying and irritating for any skin type.”
2. Use A Toner To Repair Skin
If you use a toner, it must not contain any irritants whatsoever that includes alcohol, witch hazel, menthol, fragrance, or citrus oils.
With regular use of a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) or an alpha hydroxy acid (AHAs) in a texture appropriate for your skin type (gel or liquid for oily, blemish-prone skin), you will uncover the normal, healthy skin hiding underneath.
BHA is especially helpful for normal, oily or blemish-prone skin because it not only exfoliates the surface of skin, it also exfoliates inside the pore to reduce pore size, unclog pores, and kill acne-causing bacteria.
Another benefit of salicylic acid is that it has anti-inflammatory properties, so it reduces irritation, which helps to calm oil production. Paula’s Choice offers several BHA products such as the 2% BHA liquid/gel/lotion, Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA and Clear exfoliants.
4. Protect From Sun Damage
Sunscreen must be used every day, year-round if you want to prevent and stop wrinkles and other signs of aging skin! If you have oily skin prone to breakouts, your foundation and pressed powder can provide the sun protection you need.
Paula’s Choice offers such products like moisturizers that contain SPF, Healthy Finish Pressed Powder SPF 15 and Suncare Extra Care SPF 50.
5. Hydrate Your Skin
6. Absorb Excess Oil
As you begin to get your oily skin under control, it’s likely that you still will need to use oil-absorbing products. This is an optional step, but many with oily skin find it helpful. You can first blot with oil-blotting papers, and follow it with a light dusting of pressed powder with SPF 15.
7. Choose Only The Best Products
Purchase products loaded with antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and ingredients that mimic the structure and function of healthy skin. Make sure products are packaged in an opaque, airtight container to keep the antioxidants and other air-sensitive ingredients stable and bacteria-free.
For many skin types, if the products you use are well formulated you may find lighter-weight serums, lotions, or gels may be all your skin needs to look and feel radiant, smooth, and younger.
8. Consult A Dermatologist Early
If you are unsure of which products you should use, defer to your dermatologist. And if you’re struggling with comedones or acne (blackheads and whiteheads) at any age, see your dermatologist before it worsens and becomes harder to treat.
9. Be Wary Of Home Remedies
At-home treatments, such as rubbing lemon juice or other citrus fruits on your face won’t work, either. They can’t exfoliate skin properly and their acidic juices are potent skin irritants that actually can prolong the healing process. Don’t fall for that one!
“There are no solutions in the kitchen for this skin issue, and it is unhygienic too!”
10. Choose Your Makeup Wisely
Oily skin looks the best when minimal number of products is used. Avoid pore-clogging products like liquid foundations or other products that feel heavy. Always opt for more concealer because it contains less oil than foundation. If you must use foundation, use an oil- free foundation or mineral foundation as it tends to fill your pores and make your skin look even. It also lessens the possibility of you developing acne and other skin problems.
Lastly, always remove your makeup before you go to sleep or right when you come home so that your skin can breathe.