The best skincare routine for oily skin

by Sarah Taylor

Oily skin can be a nightmare and the hardest skin type to deal with. Generally, you are shiny with a lot of oily patches, your pores are enlarged and there are a lot of blackheads and pimples. Often oily skin is also acne prone as your sebaceous glands produce too much sebum that clogs your pores and lead to acne and breakouts. Your skin could improve and be no longer oily and acne-prone by sticking to a daily specifically designed skincare routine with the right ingredients and products.

 

  1. Cleansing

 

The right cleanser will determine the appearance of your skin after. Choose a cleanser that is gel or foaming like the Rejuvenating Marine Gel Cleanser that reduces the excess oil and minimises the pore size. Other types of cleanser may leave residues that will clog your pores and cause breakouts.

 

Double cleansing works wonders on oily skin even though you may think it will make it oilier. Actually, double cleansing helps you remove all the excess oil, makeup and residues and remove bacteria that lead to breakouts. If you wear makeup, I suggest doing that one more step as it is the best way to clean your skin and avoid clogged pores. Use a cleansing balm or oil, massage it all over your face and remove it with a wet towel or cloth (this is the harsh surface that you need to remove all the residues). Continue with your regular cleanser.

 

It is important to note that you should wash your face a maximum 3 times a day.  Over- washing will lead to opposite results as your skin will dry out and your sebaceous glands will produce more sebum to moisturise it.

 

 

  1. Serum

 

Using active ingredients as serums are the best way to treat your oily acne-prone skin problems. Serums offer high concentrations of active ingredients and a very light wear ''oily skin-friendly'' texture that will not make you feel greasier.

 

Salicylic acid is the ultimate serum that will never disappoint you. It is a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) and exfoliates your skin's upper layer. It is the only acid that penetrates deep into your skin and unclogs your pores, reduces swelling and redness due to its keratolytic properties. Salicylic acid should be the only way to exfoliate your skin as all the ''natural'' exfoliators like sugar, apricot kernels and sea salt, irritate and damage your skin. Use your serum twice per week at night and don't forget to wear sunscreen after as acids make your skin prone to sunburns. Do not combine salicylic acid with other acids, retinol, pure vitamin C and peptides.

 

 

Are you looking for a salicylic acid serum that is lightweight, hydrating but also effective? The Rejuvenating Hibiscus Serum is exactly what you need. This is a soothing seaweed-based gel that contains Hibiscus Flower Acids (malic and citric acid), Salicylic Acid, Green Tea Extract, Laminaria Algae and Hyaluronic acid that will gently exfoliate, hydrate and even out your skin tone.

 

 

  1. Moisturise with the right cream

 

I know...Most of you think that a moisturising cream will be too much for your extra oily skin but believe me, your skin always needs moisture! If you skip the moisturising cream, your skin will dry out and the sebaceous glands will start to self moisturise it by producing more sebum. The key to moisturising your oily skin is to choose an oil-free cream and use it twice a day.

 

 

  1. Sunscreen

 

This is an essential step all year long no matter your skin type. SPF not only protects you from the UVB rays that cause sunburns but also from the UVA rays that are responsible for the formation of the free radicals that leads to premature ageing and DNA damages. Especially when you use acids you should be very careful with the application of sunscreen as they make your skin prone to sunburns and that's why they are not recommended for summer use. You can choose between an oil-free and matte sunscreen or a spray that is very convenient. Use it as the last step of your morning routine and before applying makeup and renew it every 1.5-2 hours.

 

 

Finally, oily skin seems more like a challenge and less than a nightmare. Try out all the above steps and products and in little time you will swear by them.