Are you irritated with constantly having bright, shiny skin and enlarged pores? If this describes you, we have your solution!
Oily skin typically has the following characteristics:
• It is shiny everywhere, not just the T-zone: (forehead, nose, and chin)
• Skin appears thick and coarse
• Pores are enlarged
• You experience occasional breakouts similar to acne.
Still confused about whether your skin is genuinely oily? Try this test; in the morning, wash your face with a gentle cleanser then pat it dry, don't apply any product for at least an hour. After this time, if your face is shiny all over, your skin is oily. If your forehead and nose are shiny, but your cheeks are dry, you have combination skin.
Oily skin is a hereditary condition. It is caused by over-active sebaceous glands that produce excessive amounts of skin oil (sebum). Using too many skin products that change the natural balance also triggers the over-production of oil.
Those with oily skin may also experience:CLOGGED PORES
Excess oil and dirt clog skin pores, leading to blemishes and breakouts.RUNNY COSMETICS
Your makeup dissolves a few hours after application, meaning you have to often blot and touch up.
The upside to oiliness is that this type of skin ages more slowly than dry skin, so you'll stay looking younger for longer!
Oily skin doesn't have to be a burden anymore, thanks to our simple steps.1. WASH ONLY TWICE A DAY
The temptation to cleanse your face every time it gets shiny is overwhelming, but resist it. If you remove too much of the oil, your skin reacts by producing even more and this will take you back to square one. If you feel the need to wash off that excess oil more than twice a day, use water only.2. USE A DISSOLVING CLEANSER
You want your a cleanser that will gently dissolve the oils and deeply clean at the same time. Try our Rosewater Wellspring Cleanser, which is specially formulated for oiliness. It gently melts pore-clogging dirt, oil, and makeup while also repairing skin.
Splash warm water on the face first. Then massage the cleanser for at least one minute before rinsing off.3. TONE CAREFULLY
Go for a toner that is gentle but effective. It shouldn't strip your skin of its natural oils.4. BALANCE THE OILS IN YOUR SKIN
This is the biggest struggle for oily skin. In an attempt to get rid of excess sebum, harsh products strip the skin, damage the outer layer, and lead to excess sebum production in the long run.
Natural oils, however, are fantastic at working with the body to balance its oil levels. You may think applying oils to oily skin sounds crazy. But try it—we guarantee you'll be amazed at the results.
Once you're familiar with this daily routine, it's time to move on to extra steps that will make your skin even more amazing.1. USE FACIAL MASKS 2-3 TIMES A WEEK.
Masks help reduce the shininess on the face for days at a time. Masking will reduce the urge to wash your skin too many times a day.2. EXFOLIATE 2-3 TIMES A WEEK.
Exfoliation is key to removing dead skin. However, be careful not to go overboard as this can cause skin damage and may encourage your skin to produce more oil.3. EXAMINE YOUR DIET.
Avoid foods high in processed fats and sugars, as these cause an adverse reaction in your skin. Eating healthy fruits and vegetables and lean proteins isn't just a cliche. A clean diet contributes significantly to clear skin.4. TONE USING WITCH HAZEL BEFORE APPLYING MAKEUP.
It's a natural salicylic acid toner. Wiping your face gently with witch hazel before applying makeup will help soak up excess oil without stripping your skin.5. USE A LIGHT MOISTURIZER.
This step might sound counter-intuitive, but using a light moisturizer with infused ingredients that cleanse can help your skin balance out its oils over time so that you don't appear so oily.6. USE OIL-FREE COSMETICS.
When choosing makeup products, select the oil-free or "non-comedogenic" variants of products- these won't clog pores.7. GO EASY ON THE POWDER.
Too much powder can cake and may encourage your skin to pump out more oil. Instead, apply powder sparingly only on shiny areas, and use a matte translucent formula.8. SUN PROTECTION.
All skin types need protection from the sun, which is enemy #1 when it comes to aging! Look for zinc oxide-based formulas.
If you (or a loved one) have been struggling with oily skin, we hope these tips help you manage it without tears.
The Sole Toscana Skin Care Team