Oily skin is characterised by an increased amount of lipids on the skin surface due to over-reactive sebaceous glands. It is shiny and thick, often with large pores. Oily skin is prone to blackheads and other blemishes.
This is mostly common on the T-zone (from your forehead all the way through to your nose and chin). The advantaged of oily skin is that the excessive production of oil keeps the skin plump and thicker and tends to age and wrinkle less.
The first way to look after oily skin is a good skincare routine. Cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturising. Many clients with oily skin ask if they can skip the moisturising step to their skincare regimen. The answer to this dilemma is “NO….. skin always needs to be moisturised, especially oily skin, and here is why”. Most who think it makes their oily skin worse or increases their acne, which is typically a side effect of oily skin, simply need to understand this concept and to retrain their thinking of what a moisturiser really is. First off, when our face produces oil, it is not the same as hydration of the skin. Oily skin is not hydration but a reaction to a lack of it. People who have oily skin have over-active oil glands.
Moisturise: Cleansing and toning takes off this oily layer but when the skin isn’t moisturised, it feels dry and deprived of oil and therefore produces more oil. So, a moisturiser will help your skin stay normal, increases water content in the skin and prevents further moisture loss. Avoid skincare products that leave your skin feeling taut and dehydrated. They cause the upper layers of the skin to shrink. This restricts oil flow through the pores leading to blockages and breakouts.
Cleanse: To cleanse oily skin, use oil-based products as they dissolve sebum effectively. Limit washing your face to two or three times a day. Too much washing will stimulate your skin to produce more oil.
Choose your cleanser with care. Avoid heavy cleansing creams. Avoid the use of harsh soaps or cleansers. Use a pure soap with no artificial additives. Try an antibacterial cleansing lotion or a lightly medicated soap. Do not use cleansers or lotions that contain alcohol.
Exfoliate: Make sure to exfoliate. It helps reduce breakouts by keeping the pores from becoming clogged with plus of dead cells and sebum (skin oil).
Face Masks: Use a clay mask. Masks help draw out dirt and oil, keeping pores clean. Once a week should be the maximum usage.
At the Wellbeing Spa we are concentrating on skin needs and focusing on treating a wide range of skin complaints. Spa team aim to help our clients to find the right routine suitable for their skin type by offering variety of products and treatments suitable for each skin type. It’s important to keep in mind that what you do daily to take care of your skin is more important than what you do occasionally, but the combination of a great facial and a great skin-care routine can have impressive results.
Take care of your skin and it will reward you by making you look young & healthy…enjoy the skin you are in for many years.