While our skin type is predetermined genetically, excessively oily skin is totally our making. Some people with oily skin often complain that their skin turns into an oil tank within a few minutes after washing face. Dewy skin is what we all desire, and a little amount of oil is absolutely necessary for the skin to glow, but the shine and greasiness associated with excessively oily skin is not desirable at all. Also, excessively oily skin can be a nightmare, especially for acne-prone skin. In this post, we list out some skincare habits that could be making your skin more oilier.
1. You are using Alcohol-Based Cleanser: No matter what your skin type, avoid using alcohol-based products on your skin. Alcohols such as ethanol, isopropyl alcohol dehydrate skin and rip the natural oils, making skin dry and stretchy. Such products also destroy skin’s natural barrier with regular use and trigger overproduction of sebum to compensate for the dryness, and your skin will look oilier and greasier than before.
2. You are using Soap on your face: Go completely soap free because most beauty soaps are harsh and rip the natural oil from the skin, just like alcohol-based cleansers. As a result, the skin tends goes into an overdrive trying to replace natural oil, leading to excessively oily skin. Here’s a completely homemade cleanser for all skin types.
3. There’s no Moisturizer in your Skincare Routine: A moisturizer is a must-have for all skin types – including oily skin. Because when there is loss of moisture, there would be overproduction of sebum to compensate for the lack of moisture. But do pick moisturizers based on your skin type – water-based and gel-based moisturizers would be great for oily skin. Here’s the list of Best Water-Based Moisturizers for Oily Skin.
4. You are Scrubbing Daily: The exfoliation process helps to get rid of dull skin and dry patches, but scrubbing the skin daily would irritate skin and make skin oilier. Here are 3 Natural Daily Use Scrubs for Glowing Skin.
5. Oil-Based Makeup: When your skin is oily, it’s only wise to pick oil-free and water-based makeup products because cream and oil-based makeup tends to feel heavy, clogs pores, and leads to more oil production.
6. Dehydration due to Lack of Water: Our skin tends to overproduce oil and sebum to compensate for lack of moisture, and most of the times, lack of moisture is due to dehydration. Drink at least 8 glasses or 2 liters of water per day to get that natural and radiant glow from within.
7. Increased Stress: High cortisol levels not only lead to weight gain, it can also cause acne and increased oil production.
8. Too Much White Sugar: White sugar is not only bad for your weight loss goals, it is equally bad for the skin because it can raise inflammation and rip away the lustre, and makes it extremely oily.
9. Use of Abrasive Towels to Wipe Face: Instead of softly dabbing, we tend to use abrasive towels to wick away the water from the face. This action will rip the natural oils from the face and cause dry patches to appear on the face because of the vigorous tugging. With no moisture, skin will produce more oily and grease to compensate for the dryness. Invest in pure cotton cleansing mitt or muslin wash cloth to just lightly dab the water off after cleansing the facial skin.
Amazing Skincare Tips for Oily Skin:
1. Make a paste with 1 tablespoon rice powder, 1 tablespoon corn flour and a few drops of lemon juice. Add water if needed. Using an upward/outward circular motion massage the mix on the face.
2. Mix 2-3 drops of sandalwood or lavender oil with 2 tablespoon of milk. Massage with cotton wool swab to clean your oily face thoroughly.
3. Rub tomato slice over your face for 5 minutes and then let your face dry completely before washing it off with normal water.
4. If you don’t want to use over the counter astringent then make one at home by mixing together equal amounts of rosewater and lemon juice to wipe your irritated oily skin.
5. Combine 1 packet of unflavoured gelatin and 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice. Heat the mixture until the gelatine is completely dissolved. Store in airtight container and wipe your face with it twice a day to remove dead skin cells that clog pores and cause oily skin.
6. Apply the oatmeal and honey paste to your skin. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Then rinse off with lukewarm or cool water
7. Soak 2 tea spoons of Methi seeds in water and leave them overnight. Strain the seeds and grind them into a not so fine past. Rub it on your face and leave it to dry for a while. Once it has dried out completely, wash your face with cold water.