Having oily skin can seem like a nightmare, but it’s not as bad as you think. Your skin needs oil, but it’s an excess of it that isn’t desirable.
Ensuring you never have too much of the greasy stuff is the best plan but it’s important to not totally dry out your skin. No-one wants to replace oil with dehydration, do they?
Here, we explain how to deal with greasy skin and answer the questions on everybody’s lips such as “what causes oily skin?” and “what is the best skincare for oily skin?” so you can start treating your own in the right way and get the healthiest, happiest skin you’ve had in years.
What causes oily skin?
Our skin’s oil is called sebum and it’s produced by the sebaceous gland in the hair follicle – which we have thousands of all over our face.
The main function of sebum is to lubricate the skin, limit the growth of harmful bacteria and prevent dehydration. Sometimes, however, our skin produces an abundance of sebum and we end up looking like we’ve dunked our head in cooking oil.
There are many internal and external factors that help to determine how much sebum we produce on our face, such as:
·fluctuating or imbalanced hormones
How to stop oily skin
A healthy glow is all the rage and instead of completely eradicating oily skin, it’s best to focus on understanding your skin so you can manage it better, find balance and hone a healthy, happy complexion.
1. Take a look at your diet
As with many skin ailments, it’s always key to look at what we put in our bodies, as well as on them.
The root of your oily skin could lie in your gut health, so avoid sugar and dairy as they give a helping hand to increasing oil production.
One thing you should eat more of, is foods high in the element zinc. Zinc rich foods encourage the oil producing glands to regulate themselves so stock up on fresh legumes and nuts on your next shop.
2. Have a good cleansing routine
A good cleanser and cleansing routine are essential when you have oily skin, but the urge to wash your face too much can cause more harm than good.
‘Over-cleansing’ actually creates more oil on your skin because if you take away the skin’s natural levels of sebum, your skin is going to try balance this out by producing even more.
That’s why the right cleanser is crucial to looking after your oily skin!
Creams, milks or oil-based cleansers will dissolve dirt and bacteria without harming the natural moisture levels of your skin- so these are the best.
It’s important to look out for an ingredients list that has no alcohol and mainly gentle, balancing ingredients. Our Absolute Cleansing Face Oil has a gentle, no-strip formula and has been known to help balance oil production. We are proud to say that Kinvara Skincare’s Absolute Cleansing Oil has won multiple Awards including Best Cleanser for oily skin at the Beauty shortlist awards 2021.
3. Always use a moisturiser
Whether you should moisturise oily skin is a common question and it’s also often widely asked if oily skin can be dry at the same time. The answer is yes, oily skin can also be dry.
This means that skipping your moisturiser makes no sense. Of course, your skin isn’t going to appreciate a thick, heavy moisturiser being plastered on morning and night but it’s essential to not leave one out completely.
Don’t use anything too rich or full of things that can aggravate your natural balance – things like SLS and parabens.
Our active rosehip day cream is both hydrating and nourishing without being heavy. It leaves your skin with more of a matte finish and contains rosehip oil, which is known for its skin-saving benefits.
4. More sleep, less stress
Hormone fluctuations are one of the main causes for an increase in your skin’s oil production. This is down to hormones called androgens, which are released in times of stress or through hormonal changes such as puberty, pregnancy and your menstrual cycle.
Although it seems easier said than done, trying to combat your stress levels will help with this. Try practising mindfulness, getting a healthy amount of exercise or talking about what’s stressing you out with a friend. And SLEEP! Sleeping is key to overall health, especially that of your skin.
5. Pick makeup that works with your skin
What makeup to use for oily skin can be a debate you spend hours pondering. You don’t need to layer on long-wear foundations if you don’t want to because there are plenty of alternatives such as mineral powders or bb creams.
Is mineral powder foundation good for oily skin? Absolutely! This type of foundation won’t clog your pores, can be added to throughout the day. It’s also great in the oil absorbing department.
So, there you have it! It might seem obvious but taking care of our oily skin comes from focusing on how we treat our bodies on the inside as well as the outside.
If you’re after a balanced complexion, you need to try living a balanced life. That means having a healthy diet, plenty of sleep, stress-relieving hobbies and enough exercise, alongside using the right skincare and cosmetic products for your skin type. Don’t forget, everybody’s skin is different so it’s important to learn what works for yours and focus on gentle, nourishing products for the best results.