7 Beauty Tips for Oily Skin

Almost everyone has some sort of issue with their skin - yes, even those who may look as if they have the perfect complexion. Today we're talking about oily skin issues, and my guest blogger, Annabelle Short, is sharing some beauty tips:

7 Beauty Tips for Oily Skin - if you have oily skin, we've got 7 tips for making it your best skin ever!

Do you ever rub your finger across your nose or maybe even your cheek and it feels like you just wiped your hand across a slab of butter? And not that light butter; I am talking about the kind of butter Paula Deen would use…

Oily, greasy, fatty.

Unfortunately, I can attest to this feeling…

Sure, your skin might feel a little like this after a full day of wearing caked on makeup, but for those of you who are like me, you can attest to experiencing this at just about any given moment – makeup or no makeup, the beginning of the day or the end of the day.

Oily skin can take you through some tough times: Shiny and greasy-looking face, skin concerns such as acne, and clogged pores.

But, while oily skin might seem like a pest sometimes, it is actually a positive thing, too: It is less prone to wrinkles and other signs of aging thanks to the moisture locked into the epidermis – the outermost layer of the skin – by the oil.

So, now that you know why you should appreciate and embrace your oily skin…

Let’s talk about how to care for it:

7 Beauty Tips for Oily Skin - if you have oily skin, we've got 7 tips for making it your best skin ever!

1. Say "yes" to a great cleanser.

The best way to manage the oil and to keep it from clogging up your pores – causing acne and other skin problems – is to keep it clean at all times. With oily skin comes extra dirt and with extra dirt comes an added risk of clogged pores, therefore, you should be washing your face twice a day. The best facial cleansers for oily skin are gel-based or foam cleansers. Medicated soaps also work well for cleansing oily skin.

Tip: As tempting as it might be to scrub that oil right off, avoid abrasive cleansing techniques which will strip the skin of its natural moisture.

2. Scrub within reason.

I know what you’re thinking… didn’t I just say to avoid scrubbing? Yes, but specifically, avoid doing so with an abrasive technique. However, a good exfoliating scrub – when done within reason – is great for the skin. The excess of oil can lead to more dead skin cells on the skin’s surface, which results in problem spots. Pick your favorite exfoliator and gently exfoliate once or twice a week.

3. Be selective with  your makeup.

Most makeup contains oil – making your face even more oily. So, when you go to pick out your foundation or whatever coverage product it is that you use, try to select a brand that offers gel or powder options. If using liquid, ensure it is water-based.

Tip: Any makeup labeled “noncomedogenic” uses ingredients that won’t clog your pores.

7 Beauty Tips for Oily Skin - if you have oily skin, we've got 7 tips for making it your best skin ever!

4. Use alcohol-free toner. Daily.

Toning your skin will help eliminate oil and rid your skin of excess dirt. Plus, an alcohol-free toner is much easier on the skin and is great for regulating oil secretion.

5. Do a weekly face mask.

Use this as an excuse to pamper yourself…
You should follow up your exfoliation with a once per week face mask. Several face masks on the market are designed to gently absorb the excess oil and cleanse the face.

6. Always wear sunscreen.

Many women with naturally oily skin opt to skip out on sunscreen out of fear of additional greasiness. However, over exposure to the sun can lead to freckles, brown spots, and skin disease. Rather than exposing your skin to harmful rays, make the move to protect your skin, but use a gel-based sunscreen to avoid that oily feeling.

7 Beauty Tips for Oily Skin - if you have oily skin, we've got 7 tips for making it your best skin ever!

7. Never skip moisturizing.

This is another step most women with oily skin opt out of due to fear that it will add additional oil. Wrong…Even oily skin needs moisturizing and hydration. Skipping out on a moisturizer will only further encourage the sebaceous glands to produce even more oil to compensate for the lack of hydration.

There are several simple ways, like opting for a water-based product, that you can continue a normal beauty regime without the feeling of extra oil. Skipping steps, such as moisturizing, in hopes of reducing the oil will actually only increase it.

Oily skin or dry – make sure you have a beauty regimen that works for you. Your skin is worth it!

Annabelle Short is a writer and seamstress of more than 5 years. She loves making crafts with her two children Leo (age 9) and Michelle (age 11). She splits her time between London and Los Angeles and writes for Wunderlabel UK. You can visit her blog to learn more about her and her handmade creations.


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