Is your skin looking oily, feeling congested and prone to acne and congestion? Chances are you have naturally oily skin. If a smooth, clear, matte complexion feels out of reach, it may be time to switch up your skincare regimen in favour of products specifically formulated to balance out your skin’s oil levels. Keep reading to discover our skin care routine for oily skin.
What is oily skin?
One of the easiest ways to identify an oily skin type is to give yourself a quick blotting paper test during the day (you don’t need specific blotting paper- a tissue or regular paper will do the trick!). Gently press the paper into your forehead, chin and cheeks, then hold the paper up to the light- if the sheet picked up a lot of oil, your skin is naturally oily.
Oily skin is caused by an overproduction of sebum, the skin’s natural moisturiser. Too much sebum can cause blocked pores, which is why oily skin is often prone to blemishes. The solution? A natural skincare routine rich in purifying, mattifying ingredients and products designed to extract and clear imperfections.
Skin care routine for oily skin
The best skin care routine for oily skin is one that balances the skin’s oil production without stripping it of the all-important natural oils that our skin needs to function at its best and protect itself for environmental damage. Look for products formulated to give the pores a deep cleanse, clarify the surface of the skin and balance sebum levels. Charcoal is a particularly effective natural ingredient for detoxifying the skin, drawing out impurities and soaking up excess oil.
Step 1: Cleanse
A gel cleanser, like the Sukin Oil Balancing Purifying Gel Cleanser, is the ideal first step in your skincare routine, working to remove excess oil, dirt, grime and bacteria without stripping the skin. This particular cleanser contains Bamboo Charcoal to remove toxins and unnecessary oils while Moringa, Coconut, Rooibos and Willowherb Extracts work together to keep the complexion looking and feeling clear.