How to use oil in your skin care routine even if you have oily skin
When you have oily skin, it may seem like the last thing you want to do is slather on more oil. But cleansing oils can actually be very beneficial for your complexion. 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. But first, let’s answer a few basic questions.
Do I Have Oily Skin?
First, let’s determine your definitive skin type. If your skin develops shine easily, makeup often “slips” off your face, and pores are enlarged around your T-Zone, you may have oily skin. You should 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 Use Oil In My Skin Care 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.
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.
Moisturizer with SPF is key to well-nourished skin. Make sure to use a non-comedogenic, lightweight moisturizer so as to not overstimulate your skin. We recommend Garnier Moisture Rescue Actively Hydrating Daily Lotion SPF 15. 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.
3. Use Blotting Papers
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.
4. Choose the Right Sunscreen
Some sunscreens can clog your pores, so go with one that is labeled non-comedogenic and that is gel-based or oil-free. If you have sun damage or are looking to help decrease the appearance of dark spots, try Garnier The Antioxidant Super Moisturizer SPF 30. But no matter what, do not skip this important step. Sunscreen should be worn every day.
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.