You cannot take up a proper skin care routine without taking into consideration the type of skin you have. Generally, skin types are divided into 5 categories depending on their texture and characteristics – dry, oily, combination, sensitive, and normal. Oily skin, while indeed predisposed to acne and other issues, has its advantages as the market is full of care products for it. Furthermore, makeup products are easier to find and they stick for a longer time as opposed to their resistance when applied on dry skin.
However, staying informed regarding the needs of your skin is crucial as you could end up using harsh products that strip away the natural moisture, leaving it dehydrated. Here we will cover the topic of oily skin, exploring how care should undergo, and learning some useful makeup tips from professional artists who know the importance of treating this capricious skin type properly.
Characteristics of oily skin
People generally tend to confuse oily skin with sensitive skin due to their common predisposition to breakouts, redness, and blackheads. However, these are not the signs that you have oily skin necessarily as others are the characteristics of this skin type:
- It usually looks somewhere between a little shiny and totally oily.
- Generally, pores are larger in size.
- When harsh cleansing agents are used, it gets dehydrated just as fast as all other skin types do.
- When improperly cared for or if your diet and lifestyle aren’t appropriate, blackheads and breakouts are likely to occur.
Factors that harm your skin
In oily skin, there are two major factors, except for improper cleaning and upkeep, that influence how it looks and its general health. These two factors are your diet and stress levels.
Stress causes your hormones to become unbalanced, which ultimately takes a toll on skin health. To fight off stress-related harm to your skin, you should find more time to relax, meditate as often as you can, and exercise to release feel-good hormones.
Your diet obviously impacts your health as a whole, as well as the way you look, your skin making no exception. To keep your skin looking young and flawless, and to preserve its beneficial oils, you must drink at least 2 liters of water per day – or the amount of liquids that is recommended for your age, gender, and weight -, as well as consume as many plant-based foods as you can. You should also eliminate sugar from your diet as it encourages the appearance of acne.
Steps to keep your skin clean and healthy
- Step 1 – Cleanse
Use lukewarm water when you wash your face in order to open up the pores for the cleaning solution to better penetrate and unclog them. The solution you use must be free of ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium, and alcohols as these agents dehydrate the skin. You should also avoid agents that seal the skin like petrolatum and mineral oil as you trap the oils, as well as the impurities gathered in your pores, causing the appearance of breakouts.
- Step 2 – Tone
As thorough as you might have washed your face previously, it’s inevitable for some oil and bacteria to not be left behind. This is where the toner plays its part, providing a more in-depth cleansing to ensure no impurities or excess oils are left behind. It also balances out the skin’s pH to promote a better overall health, and helps create a truly clean canvas that is perfect for applying makeup.
- Step 3 – Exfoliate
This is the key step to balancing out oily skin, so you should faithfully apply it – exfoliate your skin 2-3 times per week! Your skin type is more prone to thick layers of dead skin building up on its surface, and only through exfoliation can you properly remove them. If you don’t exfoliate as often as recommended, breakouts occur due to an overproduction of oil.
- Step 4 – Moisturize
For those with oily skin, this is an important step that is often woefully overlooked due to the preconceived notion that it is already oily, moisturizing products making it even oilier. This is as wrong as it gets, the oils in it not having actual hydrating properties as moisturizing products have, the lack of moisture signaling the skin to produce excess oil in order to compensate, which causes an unpleasant glistening look, improper pH levels, and potential acne breakouts. Therefore, to keep the skin balanced and healthy, keep it properly hydrated by applying a moisturizer.
Professional tips for oily skin makeup
- Mattifying primer: The role of the primer is to cover fine lines and fill pores, creating a smooth surface on the skin. It also helps foundation last longer and look smoother, and you should always start your makeup routine by applying it. For your skin type, go with a mattifying primer that provides better coverage as your extra-large pores ask for it.
- Oil-free foundation: Your skin is already oily, so it would be pointless, even detrimental to your skin’s health to apply foundation that contains oils. Instead, go for oil-free products that preserve the natural shine of your skin instead of adding more of it through useless, potentially damaging oils.
- Use excess oil adsorbent products: Now that you have your primer and foundation on, you can end your makeup routine by removing the excess oil. You can do this by using blotting sponges and sprays that adsorb all the excess oil, guaranteeing that skin oil balance will be had throughout the day and that you won’t end up glistening suspiciously when you’re in the sun.
Proper day and night routines
Gently wash your skin using a pH balanced, non-stripping cleanser. Afterward, apply an alcohol-free toner that contains beneficial active ingredients and helps improve the penetration of the products you will apply on your skin later. Don’t forget to moisturize, preferably using a high SPF product that doesn’t contain comedogenic ingredients. Now, you can either go on with your day or take the time to apply makeup as instructed previously if you want to cover up eventual skin flaws.
You must never go to bed without performing this routine as you put the aging process on fast-forward, and risk nasty acne breakouts caused by clogged pores. What you must do is remove all makeup with an oil-based makeup remover and a gentle face cloth. For a more in-depth cleaning, wash your face using a pH balanced cleanser. Apply the toner as you do in the morning, and finish up by moisturizing your skin.