Do you fall into the ‘oily’ skin type category? If you’re unsure, here’s how you can tell: your skin becomes shiny/oily within an hour of cleansing, the pores on your face appear larger than normal in size, and whiteheads, blackheads and congestion occur frequently on your face and body. In addition, your T-zone looks and feels oily to the touch and dull skin can also be experienced among those with oily skin types. If you have a few of these symptoms, then there’s a strong chance you have oily skin. But it’s not all doom and gloom – there are advantages to having additional shine, believe it or not. You’ll find that wrinkles and fine lines are much less than those with other skin types (*happy dance*), therefore slowing down the ageing process. Plus, your skin will feel softer and less rough – win! If you’re shopping for a new routine, these are the products that get our nod of approval.
We’re here to bust those oily-skin myths and, contrary to what you may believe, oily skin types need hydration, just like every other skin type. This gel-cream moisturiser may be ultra-light on the skin, but it delivers fully on the moisture front. Upon application, it seeps into the skin with ease and cools the complexion at the same time. If you’re unhappy with your pore size, this cream will help immensely by shrinking their appearance. All while keeping the skin’s moisture levels at an optimum level. This product will also, of course, eliminate excess shine, ensuring your face looks fresh all day long.
Not everyone includes a toner in their skincare routine – and that’s okay. They’re not considered an integral part of your everyday regimen, like a cleanser or moisturiser, but they still have a place in the line-up. This special toner is for those that want the ultimate mattified finish, as it removes excess oil and other impurities found on the skin. It’s formulated with saw palmetto to soothe and hydrate, mint for inflammation and salicylic acid to unclog blocked pores and reduce their size. Remember to use this toner after cleansing and before your serum or moisturiser.
Finding a suitable cleanser for your skin is crucial if you have an oily skin type. This cleanser ticks all the right boxes, as it gently foams, has a light, fresh scent and rids the skin of any excess sebum – without stripping the skin and initiating irritation or sensitivity. It can be safely used every day and will fit snugly into your routine. The pump-action lid will ensure no product wastage and makes it a convenient travel buddy. Simply mix with water, watch the cleanser foam, and wash away traces of unwanted oil. It’s that good.
Like a toner, a mask isn’t a must within your routine; however, it’s a game-changer for skin types requiring some extra control. This clever mask needs to be applied no more than one to two times a week. After cleansing, apply a thick layer of this creamy treatment onto your skin, leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly. It purifies the skin, leaving it glowing (radiantly that is, not shiny) and evens the texture. It can also be used as a spot treatment – leave it on your blemishes overnight and wake up to them being a lot more manageable and less noticeable. White clay and mantle leaf extract found within the mask are responsible for your newly mattified appearance.
Here’s a way to really bump up your skincare regime – add collagen powder! Nutrafy by The Harvest Table collagen powder is like food for the skin and this particular one is for those who have oil-prone skin. The ingredient line-up is super impressive, boasting goodies such as zinc, hyaluronic acid, probiotics and sea buckhorn extract to stop excess sebum production. It’s gluten, preservative, additive and filler-free and also helps with breakout reduction. Simply add two tablespoons to your daily cold smoothie, juice or shake and watch your skin transform. Tip: don’t add the collagen powder to hot drinks – probiotics are heat sensitive.
For Your Handbag:
Did you know that blotting papers are an oily skin’s best friend? They’re compact enough to fit easily in your bag and can be used as many times a day as you want. This one contains green tea extract, which helps with inflammation, irritation and redness. To use, apply the sheet of blotting paper to the areas of your skin experiencing excess shine. It’s even safe to use over your foundation! Once the paper has absorbed the oil, gently peel it off the skin and dispose. You’ll love the instant matte result.