How to Use Oil in Your Skin Care Routine Even if You Have Oily Skin
When you have oily skin the last thing you want to do is add more oil to your skin, however cleansing oils can be very beneficial for your complexion. Yes, you read that right, oil can work wonders for your oily skin. If like many oily-skin beauties, you’ve treated oil-based products as off-limits, it’s time to rethink your preconceived notions. We’ll walk you through assessing your skin’s oiliness, why you should use oil in your skin care routine, and how to integrate oil into your skin care routine.
Do You have Oily Skin?
Does your skin develop shine easily? Do you have enlarged pores? Does make up “slip” off your face? Does your skin only feel clean right after you wash your face? If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you probably have oily skin. You probably cleanse your face at least once if not twice a day to regulate shine and prevent blemishes. Oil cleansing can help you keep blemishes at bay.
Why should you use oil in your routine?
A lot of people with oily skin try to dry out their skin to get rid of oil, but that actually has the opposite effect — oily skin produces more oil as a defense mechanism to balance out the loss of moisture on your skin. You should use oil in your skin care routine because oil attracts oil and can dissolve grease, sebum, or makeup on your face without stripping your skin of its natural oils.
Oily Skin Care Routine with Oil
Are you ready to give oil a go? We’ve outlined the ways to incorporate oil into your routine, as well as other oily skin tips to keep your skin happy and clear.
Step #1 Cleanse With The Right Type of Oil
Cleansing your face is an essential part of your oily skin routine and can help regulate oil production. Choose an oil-based cleanser specifically created for oily skin — it will likely contain fruit acids or antioxidants that will regulate oiliness and keep blemishes at bay. You can either use an oil-based cleanser or a pure oil that you apply and use a warm wet towel to remove.
Step #2 Moisturizer
If your skin is very oily you may not even need a moisturizer if you’ve cleansed with an oil-based product. If your skin could use the hydration, make sure to use a non-comedogenic, lightweight moisturizer so as to not overstimulate your skin.
Make sure your hands are super clean before applying moisturizer, you don’t want to add any bacteria or additional oils back into the equation.
Step #3 Use Blotting Papers If Your Skin suddenly gets greasy
If your skin gets a little greasy during the day, blotting papers are the perfect touch up to keep oiliness at bay. Dab them gently on your T-Zone to absorb any excess oil. Just don’t rub or wipe with them because that causes irritation and can lead to breakouts.
Step #4 Choose the Right Sunscreen
Some sunscreens can clog your pores, so go with one that is labeled non-comedogeni and that is gel-based or oil-free. For extremely oily skin you can also use powder sunscreen which will absorb excess oils. But no matter what, do not skip this important step. Sunscreen should be worn every day.
Step #5 Get a new Face Towel
Always monitor how long you have the same face towel in your skin care rotation. When you dry your face, oil and bacteria can get caught on the towel and through continuous usage you’ll transfer this mix back on to your face. Use a towel for a maximum of two days or use paper towels and toss them.
We hope this guide showed you that while you might not always like your oily skin, oil can be helpful in the fight against excessive grease and shine on your skin.