-Your complexion is greasy, or oily feeling
-Your skin is coarse with large pores
-Regular cleansing or washing is needed to control the oiliness
-Make-up is easily absorbed into the skin
-You suffer from blemishes or breakouts
If you have oily skin, consider yourself blessed. The oil is a built in lubricant that will benefit your skin as you grow older! Yes of course, you may have to deal with a shiny nose and greasy cheeks. The solution: don’t fight it, control it.
If you are using harsh soap, detergent-based soaps or alcohol-laden astringents to dry up the oil, stop immediately! Over time, these products can damage your skin. Try an oil binding liquid or gel cleanser formulated for oily skin. The most effective oil control cream is one made from herbs e.g. tea tree cleansing cream. It can reduce facial oil, minimising facial shine. It does not intensify acne and is non-irritating.
Depending on how oily your skin is, you may not need a moisturise at all. But if you think you need one, go for glycerin and vitamin C acid. These ingredients trap water in your skin without producing a greasy shine. Also choose a lotion as lotions are lighter than cream and tend to contain less oil, so won’t clog pores.
– Clean your face twice a day, in the morning and before bed with a mild liquid cleanser formulated for oily skin.
– Use astringents no more than once a day. Better yet, don’t use them at all. Use tea tree cleansing cream, it works!
– Choose an oil-free or oil in water moisturiser if you feel you need to use a moisturiser. Choose oil-free sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every day. Or, you may use products containing placenta extract.
– Over scrub your skin. Oil is your skins protective barrier.
– Cleanse your face more than twice a day (or a third time if you exercise).
– Develop an astringent addiction.
– Use moisturiser if you don’t need it.
– Keep slapping on powder to mop up the oil, you skin will look chalky.