If уоu hаvе оіlу ѕkіn уоu wіll knоw how treating oily skin саn bе аn аbѕоlutе nіghtmаrе! The pain of shiny faces in every picture with a flash…I’ve been there and know it is not fun. Keeping the oily slick at bay was my skin nemesis for several years. I fought it with oil free moisturizers, exfoliators, cleansers galore, then one day I got some advice that changed everything. I was getting my make up done for a special event and lamenting that I always struggle with a shiny forehead and oily skin. The makeup artist told me that my skin was likely overcompensating because I was overstripping it by trying to remove the oil. Boom! That changed everything in how I dealt with my oily skin.
Here is a roundup of the 3 tips I have for treating oily skin:
Fight Oil with Oil
Yup, you read that right. When I changed my morning cleanser to a silky oil blend it totally changed my skin. Here’s why it works: when your skin is dry it produces oil in an attempt to keep it moisturized. If you don’t strip away your skins natural moisture & oils with harsh cleansers, then your skin won’t feel inclined to go into oil producing overdrive. When you massage the cleansing oil into your skin it will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. Water doesn’t mix with oil, so it can’t achieve the same results. Honestly, when I swapped out my morning cleanser to an oil based one I immediately noticed a major positive change in the oil slick that inevitably made its way onto my face by noon everyday. My oil cleanser love affair began with Bobbi Browns Soothing Cleansing Oil.
Moisturize (with oil!)
Are you sensing a theme here yet? Once you switch the way you think about why skin gets oily and accept that it is almost always a result of your skin not being moisturized enough it starts to make total sense to use natural oils. They are the most moisturizing products that nature gives us! Switching to an oil cleanser helped my oil slick situation, but it didn’t really get solved until I started adding 1-2 drops of jojoba oil to my morning and nighttime moisturizer for an added boost of moisture. I’ve now graduated onto only using jojoba oil as a moisturizer instead of other lotions.
Jojoba oil is one of the closest things to the natural oils the body produces. Because it’s similar to what the body produces, it is absorbed into the skin and hair very easily. It replenishes what is stripped away by soaps, shampoos, the elements, and everything else.
While there aren’t any major studies about it, Jojoba oil has long been used for skin conditions in folk medicine. It is full of vitamins, antioxidants and is considered useful for problems including acne, eczema and psoriasis (read about the benefits in detail HERE). Jojoba oil works so well at treating oily skin because the composition closely resembles that of sebum produced by the sebaceous glands of the skin and is super moisturizing. So, by adding it to your daily moisturizing regime, you can fool your skin into thinking it has enough, and therefore it won’t produce more! When buying, look for an organic brand (like this one) so that you know there isn’t any extra toxins going onto your skin.
Another thing I love about using Jojoba Oil is that its really not that expensive, especially compared to a lot of the face oils in Sephora or fancy face moisturizers. I use an organic one that I buy from amazon. If you are interested, this is the one I use.
Last Pro Tip for Treating Oily Skin: Stay Hydrated!
Your body needs enough hydration to keep your skin moisturized and is a vital step in treating oily skin. There is only so much that topical moisturizers can help if you are dehydrated. If you are dehydrated your skin will overproduce oil to moisturize your skin. Staying hydrated is a key element to clear, healthy skin. Drinking lots of water will also help control oily skin. Aim for 8 glasses a day. Also, keep caffeine to a minimum because this will work agains the hydration. I notice if I drink 3 or more coffees a day I can see it in my skin. Everything in moderation 🙂
Those are my favourite tips to treat oily skin, what are yours?
Oily Skin Shopping List:
Shopping list for my fave Oily Skin Fixes:
- Bobbi Browns Soothing Cleansing Oil
- Leven Rose Organic 100% Pure Cold Pressed Unrefined Natural Jojoba Oil, 4 oz