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, what causes oily skin?
1. Overdoing It On The Anti-Aging Products
People today are hunting for products that reverse the effects of time on the skin. It might be that these very attempts 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.
2. Change in Climate
Do you suffer from shiny, oily skin? I bet it gets worse during the summer months, doesn’t it? All that heat, humidity, and prolonged sun exposure can make those oil-making glands go on an overdrive. No worries though, because you can avoid this by taking a few necessary precautions. Check out our tips to see what we mean!
Summer Tips for an Oily Skin
- Always pull your hair away 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 cleanser.
- Remember you need to moisturize too! Choose a light moisturizer, because obviously, your skin doesn’t need more oil.
- Always use sunblock when going out into the sun for prolonged periods. This helps your oil producing glands not go on an overdrive. It protects 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 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.
What to Do When Skin Gets Oily
- If you aren’t wearing makeup, you can splash your face with some cool water and pat dry.
- 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 heal quicke. It 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 all summer long.
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 necessary oils. This will undeniably stimulate a higher oil production to make up for it.
3. Emotions And Hormones
The body naturally creates androgen hormones in response to anxiety, which brings about even more oil manufacturing. Birth control or hormone treatments can also affect the oil levels in the skin. Any medication can affect the balance of natural oils.
Many oily skin with teen years but this isn’t always the case. While oily skin problems doesn’t crop up until puberty, those that do suffer from oily skin continue to have a lifetime of oily skin.
Oil development is activated through bodily hormone development. 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 prenatal and menopause.
4. Blotting Paper Habit
Using a piece of blotting paper to soak up oil could get rid of some excess shine. But what it really does is push all that unseen grime deep into pores. Acne microbes thrive in that oxygen-free atmosphere.
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 healthy, shiny hair. In some cases, too much oil is produced and instead of leaving the hair and skin healthy and balanced, it gives it an oily, glossy and grimy look.
The best way to regulate this is with proper cleaning using the mild products. Oil development is triggered by inflammation—the harsher and the more purifying, the more oil the skin is likely to produce. Clean oily skin with mild products designed specifically for oily skin.
A good cleanser is mild, and doesn’t strip the skin of its protective layer. 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 may not be complete but it contains the 5 main reasons for excessive oil production. Being aware of them can help you to make decisions and do small changes in your daily routine to manage over-oily skin.
Products and Tips for Shine-free 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.
1. 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.
2. 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 rose water or thyme spray has been proven to be especially effective. It leaves you feeling fresh, a perfect way to cool down this summer. You can also make a mild saline solution from warm water and salt. Use this as a spritz 2 – 3 times a day.
3. Homemade Masks
Masks can easily reduce oiliness. Try these five all-natural and easy-to-make 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. It reduces oil and minimizes 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 apple cider vinegar. If your face is super-sensitive, dilute the vinegar 1 to 4 parts water. This acts as a very effective and natural astringent.
- Corn starch dries out up oily areas. Apply the corn-starch onto your skin, paying special attention to the oily areas around the nose and chin. Allow to dry completely. Wash it off using warm water.
- 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, and 1 tablespoon of lime juice. Mix well. Put on your skin for 15 minutes, and then rinse with 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.
4. Quick Herbal Remedy
Today, thyme has been shown to help the body when it comes to excess oil. It also reduces 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 are easy on the wallet. You don’t have to buy expensive products to have a shine-free skin—go green and organic.