Oily Skin routines

Skin Care Routines for Oily Skin

What Causes oily skin?

Oil on our skin is a natural and very important thing. It protects your skin from drying out, it keeps your skin supple and maintain its balance.

The oily phase is secreted by the sebaceous gland in a substance called sebum. The problem of oily skin appears when the sebaceous glands over produce sebum causing a shiny look, clog your pores and deregulate your skin balance leading to many skin imperfections.

There are 5 main causes of oily skin:

1. Genetics: you can blame your parents! Oily skin can pass on through genes..

2. Weather: Warm and hot weather tend to stimulate the production of sebum while cold and arid climate can dry out your skin

3. Food: eating too much sugar and dairy can lead to over producing sebum. A beautiful skin starts in your plate

4. Wrong skincare routine: the wrong beauty product can increase the shiny aspect and bring to much oil to your skin already oily. Additionally, the skin needs to be correlty moisturized if you do not want your skin to compensate by producing even more sebum.

5. Hormonal: Androgens are the hormones mostly responsible for oil production, and sometimes they can fluctuate, stimulating an increase in sebum production.

"Oily Skin can actually come from dehydrated skin. It compensates the dehydration by overproducing sebum. That is why it is important to keep on hydrating your skin even if oily. However, you must use the right products."

How to verify that I have an oily skin?

If you skin shows the following, then it means you have an oily skin:

  • Your face is shiny and usually appears greasy later on in the day
  • Makeup doesn’t stay on and seems to “slide” off
  • The oilier areas of your face have blackheads, pimples or other types of acne
  • Pores are visibly enlarged, especially on your nose, chin and forehead

Beauty Tips for Oily Skin

1. Reduce the use of heavy makeup

Avoid heavy and oily foundation that can eventually clog up the pores leading to an overproduction of sebum and increasing the shiny effect.

2. Exfoliate once a week

Gently exfoliate and get rid of dead cells at least once a week depending on your sensitivity. You can use a chemical or physical exfoliator. Do not forget to apply a mask or serum right after the exfoliation and to exfoliate on your evening routine.

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3. Adjust your diet

As you may already know, your skin condition depends a lot on what you eat. For oily skins, you must avoid high sugar soda and highly processed food that can increase inflammation and risk of acne. Instead, you should eat a lot of vegetables, raw fruits and fishe that will help control the sebum production.

4. Do not forget to moisturize

Unlike a lot of people think, oily skin does not necessarily mean hydrated skin. As a matter of fact, oily skin can be one of the consequence of dehydrated skin. the skin lacking water is going to over produce the only substance it can: sebum.

Sebum being highly composed of oily component (more than 80%), dehydrated skin can therefore result in shiny and oily skin.

Use a moisturizer that refines pores and help control the sebum production like Sebium Pore refiner below

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