OILY SKIN: WHAT IT IS, HOW TO COPE, AND THE BEST FACIAL PRODUCTS FOR YOU

Seems we always want what we don’t have. If we have straight hair, we wish it was more wavy or curly. If we have curly hair, we spend all kinds of time straightening it.

The same seems to apply to skin—those of us with dry skin wish only for more hydration, while those of us with oily skin get so fed up with the endless shininess!

“I have super oily skin with large pores,” says one of our blog readers, “we are talking shiny after an hour of my morning cleanse.”

This sums up the problem with oily skin very nicely—shininess and large pores. Is there anything you can do that will help? We have some solutions for you to try.

what is oily skin?

Some people think they have oily skin, when in truth, they have combination skin—oily only in the T-zone, or the forehead, nose, and chin areas. Truly oily skin typically has the following characteristics:

•     looks shiny or greasy everywhere
•     appears thick and coarse
•     has enlarged pores
•     occasional breakouts

One way to test your skin to see if it is truly oily is to wash it in the morning with a gentle cleanser, pat it dry, avoid applying any make-up or lotion, and wait an hour or two. When you look in the mirror, if your face is shiny and covered in oil, you have oily skin.

If your cheeks are dry but your forehead and nose are shiny, you have combination skin.

what causes it?

Oily skin is caused by over-active sebaceous glands that produce excessive amounts of skin oil, called “sebum.” Typically it is hereditary, meaning that if one or both of your parents had oily skin, you may have it, too. In addition, exposing the skin to too many products that upset its own natural balance can also trigger the over-production of oil.

what are the problems associated with oily skin?

If you have oily skin, you may also suffer from the following problems:

CLOGGED PORES

Too much oil dirt and clogs pores resulting in blemishes and breakouts. 

SHINE

Oily skin looks shiny and greasy.

RUNNY COSMETICS

You have a hard time keeping makeup in place, and often have to blot and reapply.

The good news is that oily skin ages more slowly than dry skin, so when you move into your 40s and beyond, you may actually be thankful for your oiliness!

“I’ve learned to love and embrace my oily skin,” says another one of our readers. “Look at all those poor women out there with dry skin who constantly have to replace what we already have in abundance!”

Daily routine for combating excess oil

Even though your skin may age more slowly than other types, that’s little consolation when you’re looking at large pores and shine. When looking for ways to help control your oil production, start with some basic steps.

1. WASH ONLY TWICE A DAY

Even though the oil crops back up within a couple hours, resist the urge to wash again. If you strip the oils too much, your skin will react by producing even more, which is definitely what you don’t want. If you wash off that excess oil more than that, use water alone.

2. USE A DISSOLVING CLEANSER

You want your cleanser to gently dissolve the oils and deeply clean at the same time. Try our Perfect 10 Oil Cleanser, which is formulated specifically for oiliness. It will remove dirt, excess oil, makeup, and impurities without harsh chemicals, and will help unclog pores. Apply directly to dry skin and gently massage. Rinse with warm water using a cloth or pad.

3. TONE CAREFULLY

Again, the danger here is over-stripping your natural oils and causing a backfire in oil production. You want a toner that is gentle but effective. Try our CC Serum with Vitamin C and Citrus Stem Cells which Stimulates collagen to improve firmness while also Reducing discoloration & enhances tone

4. BALANCE THE OILS IN YOUR SKIN

This is critical in oily skin types, and the step that most people struggle with. You know the problem is too much oil, so you try to get rid of that oil, but oftentimes that means harsh products that just strip the skin, damage the outer layer, and lead to increased oil production in the long run, as well as accelerated aging.

Natural oils have an amazing ability to work with the body to balance the way your skin looks, which is why we’re so sold on them and know you can find the best oil for your skin, too. You may think, “apply oils to oily skin?” But just try it—you’ll be amazed at the results, we’re sure. Use our Perfect 10 Oil Cleanser which Gently removes dirt, impurities, oil, sunscreen & stubborn makeup while also Moisturizing and leaving skin clean, soft & radiant

seven tips for oily types

Once you’ve got your daily routine down, it’s time to add in a few extra steps that will improve the appearance and behavior of your skin.

1. USE A MASK 2-3 TIMES A WEEK.

Masks help reduce the oily appearance on the face for days at a time. Plus they can help pores appear smaller. Try our Clay Mask with Activated Charcoal which uses 3 mineral-rich clays to give a toner and tighter appearance to the skin.

2. EXFOLIATE 2-3 TIMES A WEEK.

Just be careful not to over-exfoliate, because that can cause skin damage and may encourage your skin you produce more oil.

3. CONSIDER YOUR DIET.

Foods high in fats, sugars, and unhealthy oils can cause a negative reaction in your skin. Choose healthy fruits and vegetables and lean proteins, and cut down on sugar-sweetened beverages.

4. TRY WITCH HAZEL BEFORE APPLYING MAKEUP.

It’s a natural salicylic acid toner. Wiping your face before applying makeup will help soak up excess oil without stripping your skin.

5. USE A LIGHT MOISTURIZER.

It can be a little counter-intuitive, but using a light moisturizer with infused ingredients that cleanse can help your skin balance out its own oils overtime so that you don’t stay so oily. Try our Daily Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid which is Perfect for all skin types, you will instantly see powerful results, and more dramatic ongoing improvement over time.

6. USE OIL-FREE COSMETICS.

When choosing makeup products, always find oil-free or “non-comedogenic” products that won’t clog pores.

7. DON’T OVERDO POWDER.

You may think that more powder would help soak up excess oil, but it can actually get cakey and may encourage your skin to pump out more oil. Apply powder sparingly only on shiny areas, and use a matte translucent formula

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS FOR OILY SKIN

CLAY MASK WITH ACTIVATED CHARCOAL

Triple-action detoxifying rose-scented mask with activated charcoal and 3 earth clays

DAY MOISTURIZER WITH HYALURONIC ACID

Handmade with the purest ingredients, Monsia Day Moisturizer is a luxurious, rejuvenating moisturizer you can smooth over your face and neck to soften and renew your skin.

PERFECT 10 FACIAL OIL CLEANSER

This product is formulated with 10 naturally-derived oils that work together to deeply cleanse and maintain moisture. Its clarifying and detoxifying properties also make it the perfect makeup remover.

VITAMIN C - CITRUS STEM CELL SERUM

Antioxidant powerhouse with Citrus Stem Cells that boosts collagen to noticeably improve skin firmness and elasticity

DAY MOISTURIZER WITH HYALURONIC ACID

Handmade with the purest ingredients, Monsia Day Moisturizer is a luxurious, rejuvenating moisturizer you can smooth over your face and neck to soften and renew your skin.

CLAY MASK WITH ACTIVATED CHARCOAL

Triple-action detoxifying rose-scented mask with activated charcoal and 3 earth clays

VITAMIN C - CITRUS STEM CELL SERUM

Antioxidant powerhouse with Citrus Stem Cells that boosts collagen to noticeably improve skin firmness and elasticity

PERFECT 10 OIL CLEANSER

This product is formulated with 10 naturally-derived oils that work together to deeply cleanse and maintain moisture. Its clarifying and detoxifying properties also make it the perfect makeup remover.

FALL IN LOVE OR YOUR MONEY BACK

We’re pretty sure you’re going to fall in love with our natural, all vegan products. But just in case, your purchase is backed with a complete 60 day money-back guarantee. If you don’t like them, we’ll completely refund your purchase, no questions asked. 

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