Skincare tips for oil-prone skin
Combat oil with oil
A common misconception amongst those with oil-prone skin is that drying it out is the way to go. Whilst this may provide a short-term fix, stripping away precious and protective surface oils, in fact, does more harm than good and will trigger the skin's excess oil production. It is essential to work with the skin's natural defence system in order to regain control. So, instead of attempting to dry out your skin, learn to trust oils instead.
A great way to include oils in your skincare routine is during a double cleanse. Start with an oil-based cleanser to thoroughly remove makeup, product residue and other impurities without overwashing. For the second cleanse, opt for an exfoliating cleanser to unclog pores, remove dead skin cells and minimise congestion. Tatcha’s The Camellia Cleansing Oil is one great option for oily skin. Pair it with an exfoliant like the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Cleanser and you’ve got yourself a match made in heaven for creating a crystal clear base without stripping the skin.
Introduce acids into your routine
Salicylic acid is a powerhouse ingredient when it comes to addressing oily skin. It is a clever BHA (beta hydroxy acid) that works to dissolve oil, de-clog pores, aKand break down dead skin cells. In other words, it’s a must-have in your oil-prone skincare routine. It is also an excellent choice for acne-prone skin, thanks to its ability to get deep into the pores which could make symptoms more manageable. Luckily, there are many ways to incorporate salicylic acid into your routine to get your fix. You can use a high concentration of up to two percent within an exfoliating peel pad or serum like the MECCA MAX THE BREAK-UP Blemish Busting Serum.
Another acid to discover when targeting oil-prone skin is glycolic acid, an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid). This is also a dead skin cell buster that will clear the top layer of the skin to allow natural oils to flow. It is an excellent choice for those with both dry and oily skin (yes, it's possible) as it will enable the skin to retain moisture. Find it in the REN Clean Skincare Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask.
Retinol will help stem the flow
Use a lightweight moisturiser
Clay saves the day
Makeup hacks for oil-prone skin
A primer works wonders
A good primer is a gamechanger for an oilier complexion. Finding the right one will smooth out your base and control oils while helping makeup last longer, as your foundation and other face products have something to grip. Whether you like a matte finish or more of a glow, many options are suitable for oily skin that can even help control oil flow.
Be sure to look for the ‘oil-free’ seal of approval when searching for your primer. If you are craving a matte look, options like the Estée Lauder The Mattifier - Shine Control Perfecting Primer + Finisher will control oils and prep skin for a shine-free finish. Opting for a lightweight formula is another excellent choice and will sit comfortably on the skin without feeling too heavy. The HOURGLASS Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 is great at perfecting a hydrated base whilst avoiding clogged pores.
Find your perfect foundation
Finding your perfect foundation is difficult at the best of times; with endless shade choices and finishes, it can be difficult to know where to start. Rest assured, there are many formulas out there that are ideal for oily skin and could bring you one step closer to acing your base.
Mineral foundations are great for oily and acne-prone skin as their formulas contain minimal ingredients that are free from oils, fragrances and preservatives. They are ideal for achieving a your-skin-but-better finish without clogging pores or disrupting the skin's natural balance. The bareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Foundation SPF 20 wears all day without clogging pores.
A powder foundation is something to keep close by if you have oily skin. These talc-based formulas know a thing or two when it comes to absorbing excess shine. Plus, their compact nature makes them perfect for on-the-go touch-ups, which can be a lifesaver if you are prone to midday shine. There are many types to explore, and you can opt for a pressed or loose formula depending on your style. The M·A·C Cosmetics Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation is a lightweight, tinted powder that absorbs excess oils and offers a smooth matte finish.