Welcome back to this week’s rendition of Skin Spotlight, focusing on our oily skin gals! My Skin and I, well I guess you can say it’s been a long time coming. I struggled for years to find products that work with my skin, which eventually led to my passion for clean beauty. Growing up I struggled HARD with acne. I remember going through packs and packs of oil blotting sheets and constantly retouching my makeup with powder just to get rid of the shine that had consumed my face. Now that I’m in my early 20s, I can confidently say I have had my fair share in trying new products to combat my oily skin situation.
So how do you know if you have oily skin? Having an oily skin type is exactly what it sounds like - an excess amount of oil on the face that produces a greasy or shiny appearance to the skin. If not managed properly, the oils can cause breakouts and acne due to your pores being clogged and becoming enlarged. This is where dirt and dead skin cells may accumulate on the skin forming blackheads and/or whiteheads which is definitely what we want to avoid!
I have found over the years that my skin and mind have been loving clean beauty products. Why? Because clean beauty products are created to be just as effective as any other skincare product minus the harsh chemicals or any unwanted toxic ingredients. It’s the comfort of knowing that the product contains natural skincare ingredients that are cruelty free and ethically sourced.
We have compiled a couple of tips and tricks on how to combat the unwanted shine, and how to control your skin’s sebum production - leaving your skin glowy and not greasy.
1. Find yourself a good cleanser
The best way to get rid of oily skin is to strip your skin of oils right? Absolutely not! This is a common skincare myth that many people believe to be true. When in fact, this is the opposite of what you should be doing. By stripping your skin of its natural oils, your skin will become dehydrated and this will trigger your skin to think it needs to produce more oil to combat the dehydration. It is crucial that you use a cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin and leave it feeling tight after cleansing. Instead, contrary to popular belief, an oil-based cleanser does wonders for oily skin types. The oil in the cleanser will attract your skin’s natural oils (sebum), so you can wash both away without stripping your skin of its natural moisture. However, this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, and in that case, many dermatologists suggest using a cleanser with beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), aka salicylic acid. This ingredient will not only exfoliate and remove acne-causing buildup on your skin, but it will penetrate deeply into your skin to prevent future breakouts.
2. Always HYDRATE
A common mistake that oily skin individuals make is skipping moisturizer. This myth has made its way around the internet, causing individuals to think that because they have oily skin, they do not need to hydrate. However, moisturizing and hydrating is actually key to combating oily skin as it keeps the skin’s barrier intact. You can think of the outer layer of our skin to be working at the frontline, protecting and blocking free-radicals and external irritants (such as pollution, UV rays, etc.), all while keeping your skin’s moisture inside. This doesn’t mean you need to slather vaseline all over your face, but instead, find a lightweight gel-based moisturizer or lotion that contains key ingredients that your skin naturally produces such as hyaluronic acid.
The Phytosurgence Sea Submerge Hydrating Facial Serum is the perfect serum for oily skin types. It is a water-based serum, made to sink into the skin with no effort to provide deep hydration - as if your skin got submerged in a beautiful oceanic potion!
3. Relax and Mask!
A key way to maintain and control oily skin from build-up is to use a mask! Clay masks help to draw out oils and impurities from your skin, cleansing your pores and getting rid of those pesky blackheads. However, clay masks can also be very drying so it is recommended to follow the product instructions or even using it as a spot treatment on problematic areas. Masking is one of our favourite parts to skincare because it is a good excuse to lie down and relax while the product does its magic!
One of our favourite masks is the Midnight Paloma Charcoal + Rose Detox Mask. What’s great about this clay mask is that you can customize it depending on how your skin is feeling! If your skin is feeling dehydrated, you can mix the clay powder with honey and voila, an instant skin “reset” leaving your skin feeling clean and refreshed!
4. Do your research on makeup products
Make sure you do your research when purchasing makeup products. You want to avoid foundations that are comedogenic (aka pore-clogging) and feel heavy on your skin. When searching for face makeup products, look for keywords like non-comedogenic, oil-free, oil-control, or mattifying. This often takes trial and error to find the right product that works for your skin, but one thing that you always, always, ALWAYS have to do is remove your makeup at the end of the day! After a long day, the makeup sitting on your skin has trapped the oil your skin naturally produces as well as dirt and external impurities that have accumulated throughout your day. Removing your makeup will allow your skin to breathe and recoup.
If you want to kickstart your journey in managing your skin type, be sure to check out the shop on our website! We have gathered our favourite clean beauty products that are natural, organic, and cruelty free. Don’t know where to start? Check out our quarterly clean beauty subscription boxes, carefully curated with a collection of 4-6 natural skincare products for you to try!
About the Author:
Jenny is a fourth-year marketing student at the University of British Columbia. She is an advocate for clean beauty and loves all things skincare related. She is constantly looking to expand her knowledge and learn new skills in the industry.