For most parts of the world January-February or even early March brings harsher weather than that of the last months of the previous year. As someone who as been opting and experimenting with skincare for Oily Sensitive skincare since the age of twelve, I have come across a few tips to maintaining skin’s health and appearance making us (people with oily and/or sensitive skin) feel both physically as mentally more comfortable in our own skin – quite literally.
First things first, before anyone says anything, yes oily skin continue even in the less perspiring seasons of a year. Infact I’m certain that my skin is equally excessively oily in Winter as it is in Summer; I think this is the bodies way of over commenting itself during humid and cold temperatures. Luckily things calm down slightly during spring and Autumn. Nevertheless it’s actually not a bothering as you may think it maintain oily/sensitive skin. Loading your face with powder every 3-4 hours and reapplying matte base makeup aren’t the only solutions.
- Oil absorbing papers – These are one of the most important items in my handbag, I never forget to carry a packet of them just like keys, phone and purse. It only takes a few seconds to dab the excess oil from specific parts of your face with an oil absorbing paper, concentrate on your nose, t-zone and chin. each paper is wafer-thin, yet fully capable of mattifying at least half of your face. By far they are one of the most convenient, affordable products for oil control and contain no harmful ingredients for anyone who has sensitive skin in addition to oiliness. I prefer to use green tea infused papers as I know well that is a key ingredient of managing my skin. In the UK, Superdrug and Boots sell them for around £2 for a wallet of 20-30 sheets. If you can I suggest buying them online from an Asian brand as they cost the same price but on average contain 100 sheets.
- Toner – Using a toner without alcohol in it’s contents helps skin’s PH levels to neutralise after using acid face washes and other forms of cleansers. By this adjustment your moituriser, serum and any further hydrating or after wash products can work better at healing and providing moisture to your skin as residue of acidic products used at the beginning of your skincare routine will not be prominent deep within your pores thanking to the neutral PH level.
- Water based moituriser – A common mistake is thinking that hydration isn’t necessary if your skin isn’t dry. However in some cases the reason why people have oily skin, is due to their skin’s natural oils being excessively produced in replacement for the lack of provision of moisturisers etc. As long as you use a watery, gel type formula cream or lotion your skin won’t become further greasy. It’s as simple as that. Another factor for oily skin could be you are simply using a moituriser that’s too rich, so once again your pores are under pressure and your skin’s natural oils are ‘freaky out’. Furthermore if your skin is sensitive the extra sebum is a result of a reaction: skin is aiming to recover itself from the unsuitable product inflicted upon it.
- Carefully select your base makeup – Some primers serve the purpose of evening out skin texture by filling in pores. If you must use a primer for improving the longevity of your foundation, concealer or bb cream then you should utilise a mattifying primer instead of a ‘filling’ type prior. It’s all about prioritising: would you rather have falsely smooth skin achieved with primers and other makeup, or actually have a clear well-balanced skin complection achieved by an appropriate skincare routine? You should use a matte foundation as you probably already do, just don’t layer too many mattifying products. Let your skin breathe as much as possible or a vicious cycle of managing and overly producing oily will continue repeatedly.
- Oil cleansing as part of double cleansing – At the end of the day or whenever you wash your face for the second time in a day, use a cleaning oil before your daily face wash/foam. The oils used to produce oil cleansers are intentionally selected based on their density being thicker than sebum. Oil dissolves oil, thus making a cleansing oil and ‘double cleasning’ a more hygienic overall beneficial step in a skin care routine. Think of it this way: if you remove the majority of makeup along with dirt and other impurities on the surface of your skin before using a general face cleanser, you won’t clog your pores by scrubbing the impurities into the deeper layer of your skin. When pores are ‘breathable’ skin doesn’t need to produce as much oil to push out what it doesn’t need.
I feel like this became a science lesson… hope this post helps at least one person.