I’m going to help you get a better balance to your skin.
BUT! First, it’s important to know that it actually pays to have oily skin in the long run, because the great advantage of oily skin is that it ages at a slower rate than all other skin types. ‘High Five’ to my oily skin beauties!
I don’t have oily skin, but I do suffer from acne and have done since I turned 19. I’m almost 40 and every year I think it’s going to clear up and every year it doesn’t, so I have been on acne medication ever since…urghhhh! I know first hand how it feels to wish for different skin. The great news is you can improve your oily skin and help regulate its oil production – note the term: ‘help regulate its oil production’; great skin HAS oil, it is NOT oil-free. Oil-free skin is too dry and a whole other blog post to be written in the not too distant future.
So, here are my top tips on how to manage oily skin – I hope these help, you must commit to following them for at least 6 weeks before you begin to see any difference.
Oily skin needs special cleansing with plenty of warm water and PH, (an alcohol-free, un-perfumed cleanser), to prevent the pores from becoming clogged. Avoid harsh products that can strip your skin of oil and encourage flakiness – these can cause a reaction known as ‘reactive seborrhoea’, where the oil glands work overtime to compensate for the loss of natural oils.
Avoid cleansing products that leave your skin feeling taut and dehydrated, they can cause the upper layers of the skin to shrink. This restricts oil flow through the pores, leading to blockages and breakouts.
Keep your skin very clean, but limit washing your face to twice a day. Too much washing will stimulate your skin to produce more oil, (it’s also worth noting to use clean makeup sponges daily – with oily skin, this will make a huge difference to pimple control).
Use warm water when washing your face, it dissolves skin oil better than lukewarm or cold water.
Here’s why: Jojoba oil used morning and night helps regulate your oil production by tricking the skin into believing it’s produced enough.
Reason: The oil has the similarity of the sebum that the skin generates (oily skin produces more of this sebum). Jojoba oil tricks the skin into thinking it has enough sebum and so does NOT produce more. As a result, Jojoba oil positively controls and re-balances the oil production. Pretty clever eh?!
Jojoba oil can also help heal acne and slowly clear blemishes, providing the all the moisture and hydration the skin needs.
Jojoba oil is to be used continually for several weeks and months before you start noticing the difference. It’s also great used on wrinkles and around the eye area. Perseverance is the name of the game my friends!
Most important point to remember: Do not overuse Jojoba oil. Just 2 to 4 drops – depending on the dryness of the skin – is all that is needed, use it morning and night. If you wear makeup in the day, then only apply a little, just 1 – 2 drops and leave it to soak in before blotting away any excess with tissue.
Be sure you use only organic and cold-pressed Jojoba oil. I now sell it in my boutique and believe I have sourced the very best.
Drink plenty of quality water to keep the skin hydrated and flush out toxins. A slice of lemon in your water will help purge toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear and bright.
Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables and fresh fruits. Even a slight deficiency in vitamin B2 can cause oily skin. Nutritional yeast, wheatgerm, and organic meats provide both vitamin B5 and vitamin B2. Other good sources of vitamin B2 are whole grains, beans, nuts, and royal jelly. Buckwheat, black beans, and brown rice are excellent to supply the body with iron and rejuvenate skin. Alternatively, take a daily B Complex vitamin supplement that contains B2.
I know it’s a bore, but it’s well worth the hassle for pimple-free skin. Make it part of your daily routine and enjoy the difference a clean brush makes.
Carry a good quality blotting powder with you to help mop-up any unwanted shine, giving you piece of mind throughout your day. Feel confident knowing that you can quickly eliminate oily patches in one quick swoosh!
I believe I’ve found you the best blotting powder available and I’m delighted to now stock it in my boutique. It’s been developed by Daniel Sandler, a world-renowned makeup artist so you know it’s good quality!
Take a look at the difference Daniel Sandler’s Invisible Blotting Powder makes.
This powder is your secret weapon when you need to kiss goodbye to shine quickly!
It’s a lightweight powder with a no-colour finish, meaning your makeup stays the same shade after you’ve applied it. Plus, the technologically advanced formula means it works on every skin tone, skin type and with every foundation.
This little diamond of a product comes in a beautiful mirrored compact, so you can use the translucent blotting powder to touch up problem areas throughout the day. Whenever you wish to eliminate shine, this won’t disturb the makeup you’ve applied. Never again will you have to worry about looking overly oily, with this in your bag.
Here’s how I like to use it.
On set, I’ll fix makeup with it and then, as skin becomes oily throughout the day, I’ll grab a powder puff (a free powder puff comes with this compact) and I’ll press the puff into the powder and then use a ‘press and roll’ motion onto the skin to mop-up unwanted shine.
Take a look at another before and after using this compact:
I hope I’ve helped give you the confidence to love the skin you’re in! Remember: to have naturally oily skin, is to be gifted with youthful skin, for longer!
Makeup Artist | Stylist | Founder of Beautyandtheboutique.com