Greasy? Shiny? Congested? Then this edit is for you.
We know oily skin isn’t the enemy, although sometimes, it can sure feel like it.
Oily skin is a skin type and is caused by an over-production of sebum (oil) from the sebaceous glands. Whilst sebum protects and hydrates the skin, too much of a good thing can lead to clogged pores, a shiny appearance and acne.
The silver lining? Those with oily skin types tend to have more moisture in their skin, making them less prone to premature wrinkles. So there's that.
But ultimately, there is beauty in balance.
Which is why we created our Oily Skin Edit - everything you need to know about this skin type, complete with a 6 Step Balancing Routine to take your skin from slick and greasy to balanced and luminous (but in a good way!).
You may have oily skin if:
- Your face is shiny and usually appears greasy during the day.
- Makeup doesn’t stay on and seems to “slide” off.
- You have blackheads, pimples or other types of acne in oilier areas.
- Pores are visibly enlarged, especially on your nose, chin and forehead.
The symptoms and severity of oily skin may vary depending on your genetics, hormones, stress levels and even the skincare products you use (more on that later).
Stripping Your Skin
The common mistake people with oily skin make is stripping their skin using harsh cleansers, toners and exfoliants, thinking the best solution is to remove ALL of the oil until your skin almost squeaks (eeek!). This will only cause you to produce even more oil, which is something your skin needs. Instead of stripping your skin of oil, focus on balancing your oil production.
Just because you have oily skin, doesn't mean you don't need to moisturise your skin. Many people confuse oil with hydration, but this isn't correct. You can still have dehydrated skin, even if you have an excess of oil. A quality, lightweight moisturiser (preferably tailored to your skin type), will actually help balance your sebum production, while also providing deep, replenishing hydration to your skin.
Using Incorrect Products
No matter what skin type you have, it is important to use products targeted for your skin type. Using products too harsh or too rich for your skin will only exacerbate the issues you have and cause breakouts. Good quality products targeted for oily skin are ideal.
Double Cleanse using our Foaming Cleanser. A gel cleanser designed to thoroughly clean your face, without stripping your skin. Use both morning and night.
Exfoliate twice weekly with our Detox Face Exfoliant. It is perfect for excess oil absorption, drawing out impurities and helping fight congestion.
Mist your face all over with our Rose Water Toning Mist to hydrate and tone. Helps balance the pH of your skin and your skin's natural functions (ahem...like oil production). Use both morning and night.
Our lightweight Balance Moisture won't clog pores and as the name suggests, helps balance oil production. Use both morning and night.
An oil on oily skin?! It might sound counter-intuitive, but on the contrary feeding your skin with nourishing, skin-identical oil means it doesn’t need to produce so much itself. Our Argan Face Oil sinks in fast and leaves no oily residue. Use 4 drops morning and night.