Skin Spotlight: Oily Skin
With the warmer months being just around the corner, those who suffer from oily skin start to shy away from wearing makeup during the day to avoid further skin concerns. Enlarged pores, blemishes and a greasy feel to the skin are all common characteristics of oily skin. Understanding how to treat oily skin on a day-to-day basis will help to relieve the most extreme symptoms, meaning you can enjoy any summer event without makeup slipping and sliding.
Do I have oily skin?
Sometimes it is difficult to determine our skin type which causes confusion when searching for skin-type-specific makeup products, skincare and treatments. For those with oily skin especially, picking products that will not irritate or completely dry out the skin is tricky. Using the facial tissue technique can help to determine your skin type. In the morning before cleansing, using a clean tissue, swipe your face and check for traces of oil. Alternatively, you can check skin for oiliness or shine 1-2 hours after cleansing.
What causes oily skin?
Oily skin isn’t always something you are born with. As well as genetics, various external factors can contribute to a changing skin type. Overuse of skincare products and use of incorrect products may have a potential problematic impact. Using products directed at a different skin type to your own can trigger excess oil production. Similar results can occur when using an array of unnecessary products that combine to dry out the skin. The process that takes place while you tan also prompts an injury response where oil production aims to protect the skin’s surface. Diet is another key factor contributing to oily skin appearance. Drinking alcohol and eating spicy foods dilates blood vessels which then lead to heavier perspiration. Increasing levels of vitamin A in your diet slows the process of oil production. The change in seasons can also negatively impact facial oil production.
How do I look after oily skin?
Despite oily skin being such a common skin concern, it is manageable through the use of quality products combined with a low maintenance skincare regime. Sticking to a few key products that include nourishing ingredients help to alleviate the burden of oily skin. Organic peach is an example of an ingredient that can minimise the appearance of oily skin. Packed with anti-oxidants, peach helps to reduce pore size and promotes collagen generation for improved skin elasticity. RACINNE’s Ultimate Hydra Perfection Advanced Luminous Gel provides a natural barrier that protects from environmental impurities for a luminous glow, not the oily kind. Lightweight gel formulas are ideal for AM and PM application for oily skin sufferers. However, it is also important to apply a product with SPF in the mornings, which despite common belief, does not further amplify the appearance of oily skin. A final tip is to stay clear of makeup products in a solid form, for example stick foundations and bar cleansers.
Understanding what your skin needs based on your skin type can dramatically change the way you go about day-to-day activities. For oily skin sufferers especially, keeping oil at bay can increase confidence, ensuring you put your best face forward.