Oily skin can be a blessing (it means you probably won't get as many wrinkles!), but most of us who have it see it as a curse. Unfortunately, oily skin is usually genetic, but it can be worsened by your lifestyle choices. Aside from using products specifically tailored to an oily skin type, I would consider looking at each of the following points and consider if any of these might be contributing to your oily skin.
Do you live a stressful lifestyle?
When we are stressed our bodies produce more of the hormone 'cortisol'. This causes an increase in oil production which can lead to clogged pores and acne.
Are you on hormonal birth control?
Certain types of hormonal birth control will increase the level of androgens (the male hormone) in your body. Higher levels of this hormone leads to excess sebum
Are you using a lot of skincare products at the same time?
Marketing companies for skincare brands will convince you that you need to be using a cleanser, a serum, a mist, a toner, a mask, an oil and a moisturiser, all at the same time. If you suffer with oily skin, sometimes the less is more approach often works best.
Are you using skincare products with Benzyl Peroxide in them?
I used to be an avid user of a cream that contained benzyl peroxide. It was prescribed to me by my doctor in my teenage years and worked wonders for keeping my acne away. The problem was, when I used it, my skin would be tight, flaky and dry, and when I didn't use it, my skin was extremely oily and I had bad spots. This is because I was drying out my skin so much whilst using the cream, my skin was over compensating and producing more oil to try and maintain a normal level of moisture in my skin. If acne is a problem for you, try and find the root cause of the issue, rather than just trying to dry out your skin topically. For acne tips, head to Skyn Therapy Blog, where you will find an amazing array of advice of healing acne naturally.
Try these Natural and Organic Skincare Products to Keep your Skin Balanced:
The Lady Green Cleansing Foam is a non drying, foaming cleanser that removes dirt, oil and impurities with natural and soothing ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Neem extract. It also contains Moringa Seed Extract which contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties making it perfect for blemish prone skin.
The Gentle Foam Wash from Supermood contains Organic Argan Kernel Oil which is extremely hydrating for the skin and has been proven to help reduce sebum levels. It also contains Mushroom Chaga Extract which is packed full of anti-inflammatory an antibacterial properties.
Using a lightweight day cream will not only help provide your skin with enough moisture to understand it doesn't need to produce more, but also help your makeup sit better and last longer. The Lady Green Beautifying Day Cream has been proven to help balance, effectively moisturise and mattify the skin. Peach and Orange Blossom, and Aloe Vera also contain healing properties to reduce blemishes.
Using a refreshing day cream that absorbs quickly can also feel lovely and soothing for oily skin. The Supermood Perfect Day Cream works beautifully underneath makeup and is lightweight so it will add just enough moisture without feeling too rich. It will also help to stop shine from forming throughout the day.
Using a weekly mask specifically tailored for oily skin will help to avoid clogged pores, brighten the skin and leave it feeling soft and glowing. The Lady Green Radiance Mask is great for using before an evening out as it adds extra brightness to the skin and removes excess sebum. It mattifys the skin and tightens pores, whilst leaving it feeling soft and hydrated.
Oily skin is prone to clogged pores and looking dull as the skin cell turnover is usually sluggish compared to that of normal to dry skin. A gentle, exfoliating peeling mask, with natural fruit AHA extracts will help to speed up cell turnover. The Supermood Luxury Peel is amazing for removing dead skin cells that make the skin look dull and lifeless, as well as helping to repair the skin and fade acne scarring.