Are you suffering from increased shine, excess oils and a midday crisis when your makeup practically slides off and lands on the floor? The extra humidity in the air during summer certainly doesn’t help!
When oily skin runs in the family, the chances are high that everyone will have larger pores that produce more oil. Any kind of skin that is genetically oily is also prone to acne and frequent breakouts.
So, exactly what is it that causes this increase in greasy skin?
Overdoing It On The Anti-Aging Products
Today especially, people are hunting for products to reverse the effects of time on the skin and it might be that these very attempts they are causing this rise in oil production.
In the journey towards a younger-looking, smoother, clearer looking skin, people tend to cleanse too much, over exfoliate, scrub too vigorously or even use way too much product.
Change in Climate
Do you suffer from shiny, greasy skin? I bet it gets worse during the summer months, doesn’t it? Well of course it does! All of that heat, humidity, and prolonged sun exposure can really make those oil-making glands get in some overtime. No worries though, because you can avoid this by taking a few necessary precautions and treating your skin properly after you’ve put it through who knows what throughout the day. Check out our tips to see what we mean!
Precautions (Things To Do Ahead of Time)
- Always pull your hair back from your face when possible.
- Wash your pillowcases at least every other day because the oils from your skin rub off onto them while you sleep.
- Wash your face every single night, whether you think you need to or not, with a mild acne wash.
- Remember you need to moisturize too! The best moisturizer for oily skin will be one that is light, without a bunch of unnecessary oils in it, because obviously, your skin doesn’t need much help.
- Always use sunblock when going out into the sun for prolonged periods of time. This not only helps to keep your oil glands producing at a minimum, but it can also help to protect your skin from drying out or becoming severely damaged.
- Use the right kind of makeup. If your skin is very oily, this should mean a good primer in addition to your foundation, powder, or whatever else you may use.
- Always drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Dehydration can take many forms, and for a lot of oily skin types, this means that your skin will start kicking out extra oils in order to ‘protect’ your skin from drying out.
- Steer clear of oily, fatty foods, and opt for a well-balanced diet consisting of healthy options instead.
Treating Your Skin (Things To Do When Your Skin Actually Becomes Oily)
- If you aren’t wearing makeup, you can splash your face with some cool water and pat dry instead of using blotting papers.
- If you end up with a sunburn or if your oily skin turns to dry, flaky skin because of sun exposure, try using a small amount of Aloe Vera. This stuff helps the skin to heal quicker and can alleviate any itchy, painful symptoms associated with prolonged sun exposure.
Avoiding oily skin this summer is a lot easier than you thought, right? Using these tips can help you to eliminate or at least control your oily skin issues all summer long, and it takes such a minimal amount of time that there really isn’t any reason you can’t do it. If you have anything to say about the tips we have listed here, or if you want to add a tip of your own, please feel free to do so in the comments below. We look forward to hearing what you have to say.
A sudden increase in the heat and humidity during the summer season can easily see a boost in the skin’s oil manufacturing. In comparison, when the air grows completely dry during winter, the skin may become dried out, and in an attempt to combat this dryness the body overcompensates with a surge in oil production.
Using a cleanser that is designed for combination skin, will result in the skin being over-stripped of the oil that is necessary. This will undeniably stimulate a higher oil production to make up for it.
Emotions And Hormones
The body naturally creates androgen hormones in response to anxiety, which brings about even more oil manufacturing. Likewise, birth control or hormone treatments can affect the oil levels in the skin. In fact, any medication can affect the balances of natural oils.
Much associate oily skin with teen years, this is not the whole story. While oily skin problems do not generally start up until around the age of puberty, those that do suffer from oily skin continue to have a lifetime of oily skin
Oil development is activated through bodily hormone development, therefore everything related to hormones may lead to the skin becoming increasingly more oily. This includes the teenage years, at the beginning of each menstruation and also prenatal and menopause.
Blotting Paper Habit
Using a piece of blotting paper to soak up oil could get rid of some the excess shine, yet what this is actually doing is pushing all that unnoticeable grime and hidden oil down deep into pores providing acne microbes with the kind of oxygen-free atmosphere they enjoy.
Oil or sebum is created by sweat glands. To escape, the oil is secreted to the skin nearest to the glands. This seals moisture in, which provides hair that healthy and balanced shine and keeps the face plump as well as moisturized. In some, too much oil is produced and instead of leaving the hair and skin healthy and balanced, it gives it an oily, glossy and grimy appearance.
The best way to regulate this is with suitable cleaning. By that I am not referring to extreme products, I am referring to suitable products. Oil development is actually triggered by inflammation, so the harsher and the more purifying, the more oil the skin is likely to produce. Rather, address oily skin with complete yet mild products designed specifically for oily skin.
A good cleanser is one that is made to clear away excess oil while still leaving the thin barrier of fatty acids that form a protective layer undamaged. It’s true that many change their cleansers depending on the time of the year opting for harsher ones during the summer months as their skin proves harder to clean.
This list is certainly not exhaustive, it does, however, contain the 6 main reasons for excessive oil production. Being aware of them can help you to make decisions to make small changes in your daily routine to manage over-oily skin.
Besides checking your products for the correct (and incorrect) ingredients, here are some natural products and treatments that can help you with your quest for shine-free skin.
Absorb Excess Oil After Cleansing
Apply aloe vera gel (you can get this at any drug store or even supermarket) to your skin to absorb oil as well as help to reduce the appearance of large pores. Apply the gel on your skin 2 – 3 times a day (particularly after cleaning), and allow it to completely dry.
Spritz To Rehydrate
Relax using iced water rinses. Just spraying your face with iced water a few times a day could help get rid of some excess oil. Using a rose water or thyme spray has been proven to be especially effective. Not to mention it leaves you feeling fresh! The perfect way to cool down this summer. Or make a mild saline solution from warm water and salt. Use this as a spritz 2 – 3 times a day.
Masks can easily reduce oiliness. Try these five all natural and easy masks to control the appearance of oily skin.
Clay-based masks are a good choice for oily skin. Leave on for approximately 20 minutes and then rinse completely. Baking soda also has numerous health benefits, which include reducing oil and even minimizing pimples. Make a mask by mixing into a paste with water and leave on the skin for 30 minutes.
Another excellent method to clear oil off the face is using a light colored or better yet try apple cider vinegar. If your face is super-sensitive, water down the white vinegar 1 to 4 parts water. This acts as a very effective and natural astringent.
Corn starch dries out up oily areas. Wipe the corn-starch onto your skin, paying special attention to the oily areas around the nose and chin and allow to dry completely. Wash it off in the shower or bath or a warm water rinse in the basin.
Try this mini apple facial. Mix half a cup of mashed apple with half a cup of prepared slow cooked oatmeal. Add a well-beaten egg white, 1 tablespoon of lime juice. Mix well. Put on your skin for 15 minutes, and then rinse using cold water.
An egg cell yolk mask dries out the skin without over drying it absorbing excess oil. Apply the egg cell yolk with a cotton swab to oily places, leave to dry and rinse off.
Quick Herbal Remedy
Today, thyme has been shown to assist the body when it comes to excess oil and to reduce the appearance of large blocked pores. Add a splash of thyme oil to your daily moisturizing cream or make a mask from this herb.
These quick, easy, and incredibly effective natural remedies will not only save you cash on expensive products but will give you instant relief from excessively oily skin.