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How to: look after oily skin

Tips and tricks to conquer oily skin 

When you’re suffering from super oily skin, you might naturally gravitate towards a regime that includes harsh scrubs and less moisturising – but halt! A dedicated and well-considered skincare routine will minimise the issue, refresh skin and allow your inner shine to take centre stage instead. 

Always, always cleanse

Your quest to shine-free skin should start with a cleanser that mattes and purifies. Although it sounds unlikely, the best way to get rid of excess oil is with an oil-based product – oil attracts oil! Avoid alcohol-based products because they’ll strip the skin, removing more oil than necessary and ultimately reintroducing shine. Instead, pick out a gentle wash that contains a little salicylic acid that will whisk away the day’s make-up with ease. If you’re battling blemishes, a charcoal-based cleanser will act as a magnet, drawing out impurities. You don’t have to stop at your face either. Use the formula to wash your back, chest and all other spot-prone areas.

Get the glow with a great exfoliator

Sweep away make-up residue and persistent excess sebum with an exfoliator that’s non-abrasive and designed especially for slick skin. Look for a product that will provide a matte effect and will unclog pores without over-drying the skin. Encourage clarity and counteract stubborn spots with a Vitamin E-packed formula, or opt for an exfoliating tonic or toner to encourage that healthy oil-free glow. If you’re time poor and feeling a little lazy, there are some effective ready-soaked pads available. Remember: only exfoliate once a week – don’t overdo it!

Use a face mask once a week

Those with oily skin will sometimes suffer from irritating blemishes. The best way to tackle them is to get into a weekly face mask habit that will help tone down any unwanted face spotlights. Clay-based formulas will pull out impurities, while witch hazel infused masks will act as a natural astringent, tighten pores and help balance out your skin’s appearance.

Make moisturiser your best friend

A good oily skincare moisturiser will remedy a greasy look and encourage healthy, dewy skin that stays hydrated throughout a busy day. Even if your skin is a little slick, you’re almost guaranteed to withstand dry, flaky patches if you decide to skip this step. Opt for an oil-free, mattifying formula that will stabilise skin and control excess oil. Key ingredients such as lemongrass, willow bark extract and Vitamin C will soothe skin, calm excess shine and act as a primer base for make-up.

Extra oily skin tips:

  • Sunscreen should be a daily staple, just make sure it’s an oil-free formula
  • Avoid sugary foods as they can trigger a spike in insulin, which can stimulate blemish-producing hormones
  • Make sure you always rinse your face after you work up a sweat
  • Wash make-up brushes regularly and keep them as clean as possible to avoid any pore-clogging dirt
  • Absorb excess oil and eliminate shine on the spot with a handbag-sized packet of blotting paper
  • Avoid applying heavy liquid foundation and choose powder-based products for a lighter finish