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Tailored Skincare: How To Look After Oily Skin

Is your skin looking oily, feeling congested and prone to acne? Chances are you have naturally oily skin 

If a smooth, clear, matte complexion feels out of reach, it may be time to start building a skin care routine for oily skin with products specifically formulated to balance out oil levels. Keep reading to discover the best products for oily skin and how to use them in your routine.  

What is oily skin?

Oily skin produces excess sebum, often looks shiny and is prone to congestion and breakouts.  

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. 

Causes of oily skin

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.  

Wondering how to get rid of oily skin? Build an oily skin routine rich in purifying, mattifying ingredients and products designed to extract and clear imperfections. 

Skin care routine for oily skin

The ideal skin care routine for oily skin is one that balances oil production without stripping skin of its all-important natural oils that help to protect from environmental damage.  

The best products for oily skin 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 

The best cleanser for oily skin is a gel one, like the Sukin Oil Balancing Purifying Gel Cleanser. It’s the ideal first step in your oily skin care routine, working to remove excess oil, dirt, grime, and bacteria without stripping the skin. 

This particular oily skin 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.  

Step 2: Exfoliate

Exfoliation, ideally on every second day, is a great way of getting deep into the pores to loosen up acne-causing blockages and draw out any impurities.  

The Sukin Oil Balancing Pore Refining Facial Scrub, much like the aforementioned cleanser, is one of the best products for oily skin. It’s rich in Charcoal to balance sebum production, while Willowherb soothes acne and associated inflammation.  

Step 3: Tone 

Formulated to balance and refine the skin, the Sukin Oil Balancing Clarifying Facial Tonic is the best toner for oily skin 

It removes excess oils to prep for moisturiser, tightens the pores and refines the overall appearance of the skin. It’s an often overlooked (but essential!) step in maintaining the health of oily skin types.    

Step 4: Moisturise 

There’s an overwhelming temptation amongst oily skin types to skip the moisturising step for fear of overloading the skin with oils.  

Quite the contrary- moisturiser for oily skin is essential. If we deprive the skin of moisture, we may dry the acne-causing oils, but we’ll also dry out the essential oils our skin requires to function at its healthiest.  

The best moisturiser for oily skin is a balancing moisturiser. Our Sukin Oil Balancing Mattifying Moisturiser delivers light hydration while mattifying the surface and soothing inflamed, acne-prone skin.

Step 5: Masque 

A weekly detoxifying mask will provide the ultimate clean canvas for your new oily skin routine. A charcoal-infused mask, like the Sukin Oil Balancing Anti-Pollution Facial Mask, will absorb toxins and excess oils from deep beneath the skin’s surface to reveal a clear, purified complexion.  

The appearance of pores are also minimised and shine is kept at bay thanks to a natural blend of Quince, Bilberry and Pomegranate extracts. 

Now you know how to get rid of oily skin, all that’s left is to shop the right products and build your own routine 

If you are trying a product or ingredient for the first time, we always recommend a patch test first.

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