Hello beautiful ladies, today I’m going to go over le oily skin. This can be a particularly difficult topic as there is more than one reason skin can become oily or acne prone. Climate or environment, constantly touching your face and hair, using a dirty phone on your face, it can be hereditary; there are so many things that can make your skin oily.
A big one that causes oily skin is lack of hydration, weird hey? But it’s true. I’ll explain exactly why. If you don’t give your skin enough hydration your sebaceous glands sense that your skin needs to be hydrated and they work double time producing tons of oil and putting it into your skin. This continuous flow of outrageous amount of oils can cause pimples and that greasy sheen that I know no one adores on their own skin. So your number one step is to continuously hydrate; drink at least eight glasses of water a day and do NOT skip out on your moisturizer.
I am an oily skin sufferer, and I know that when I started getting breakouts the first thing that I did was try to dry the shit out of my face. I used as many drying products as I could, sometimes using only toners and then doing high frequency currents on my face to deeply dehydrate, and I was so confused why nothing was going away, rather my skin felt just as oily if not more than usual. This is because my sebaceous glands were like wtf bro?
I can’t enforce it enough; hydrate your oily skin because it sure is important.
So let’s get going on a skin care regime for you!
Before we start (I’m so annoying, I know) I’m just going to say I want you to use organic ingredients as much as you can. The more natural the better; we don’t want to be putting nasty preservatives into our skin when we don’t need to.
The first thing you’re going to want to do to kick start your new skin care regime is start off with a facial. This way you can talk to a professional and see if your skin is actually deeply dehydrated. The skin care specialist will work on your hydration levels right off the bat and when you leave you’ll feel so refreshed, and so informed. Let your aesthetician know that you’re there to learn, not JUST to relax. Make sure to ask for product recommendations. I would honestly suggest you get the whole shebang, but if you can only buy three products, you’re going to want your cleanser, toner and moisturizer; the three step program.
Start with your cleanser; wash the impurities from the skin and clean the makeup and oils off. This is an important step in the skin care regime because it helps to make sure that you don’t have any pore clogging impurities on the skin. If you’re not a makeup wearer I don’t give a shit, you’re walking around in the open air all day, your pores may be filled with dust, dirt, and any other bacteria or crap floating through the air. I’d really suggest getting a cleanser from the skin care specialist as a homemade one doesn’t really work as well; I’m sorry but it’s true. I’m not going to give you some at home remedy that you’re going to use every day instead of a real cleanser because your skin would be emailing me saying I’m a huge bitch; I don’t want that and neither do you!
Next you’re going to want your toner, this is an important step because it makes sure there are no excess oils or cleanser on the skin, and it helps to keep your pH balanced. You’ll find if you just use a toner your skin will become very dry, this is because it literally just sucks all the oils out for a deeper clean, however you don’t want to just stop there you want to do the works. I don’t want to have to remind you about your sebaceous glands! Toner should be used in between every step. If you purchased a toner use that as directed however if you don’t have a toner (you should freaking get one) you can use the Rice water DIY one. Simply pour some rice into a bowl of water and stir, until the water is completely cloudy. Drain the water into a container or bottle and use as a toner. The liquid should be a milky white color. This will help to remove impurities and excess sebum (natural oil) from your skin while keeping you feeling refreshed and at a pH level of 4.5 to 5.5.
After your toner you’re going to want to use an exfoliant. There are two types of exfoliant available; mechanical and chemical. I would suggest getting a chemical exfoliant for your skin type because I personally know what it’s like when you get that abrasive scrub in your hands and you look at your oily skin; you rub the shit out of your face. This is bad because again it will strip your skin causing your sebaceous glands to go crazy, and it will also cause your skin to be more sensitive. Not only that but it can actually spread some bacteria from pimples to the rest of your face. If you did buy yourself a nice exfoliant that’s perfect! Use as directed. If you didn’t and you’d like to go for a homemade one lets get this show on the road!
For a homemade chemical exfoliant mash up either pineapple, papaya or kiwi fruit. All three will make different consistencies; pineapple will be pretty pulpy and thin, papaya may be more of a paste, kiwi will be relatively runny. Apply to your skin and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing. Damn straight, it’s a single ingredient exfoliant!
So here’s what each do:
Papaya contains papain which is a natural enzyme which helps with digestion and soothes and exfoliates the skin. It is full of anti-oxidants which help to fight free radicals – an uncharged molecule which can be dangerous to us. This delicious fruit can be used to hydrate skin not only on something as gentle as the face, but something as harsh as cracked heels. Papaya can also help to brighten and even out your skin tone. Because papaya is gentle it can be used twice a week.
Pineapple contains bromelain; another natural enzyme that helps to remove dead skin from the surface of your face. Like papaya, pineapple contains anti-oxidants, and it also helps to hydrate the skin. Since pineapple is a little bit more harsh I would recommend that you only use it once a week.
Lastly the kiwi fruit, small and sweet. Kiwi contains Vitamin C which is vital for collagen production – this keeps your skin feeling firm. It also helps to reduce age spots, freckles and signs of aging. Kiwi fruit can be a little bit harsh, but it isn’t too bad. This can be used 1 to 2 times a week.
All three of these foods have a high acid content which is useful to inhibit development of melanoma skin cells. This also helps to dilute black or dark spots on the skin, as well as slough off dead skin cells. Alright, so that’s your exfoliant!
Now don’t forget to use your toner here!
Next we’re going to be using a mask! Woop woop! Again, if you purchased a mask from your skin care specialist I’m going to go ahead and advise you to use that one as directed. If you didn’t, lets fricken DIY! This mask is not only going to clean your pores, but it’s also going to lift and tighten your skin. Combine 2 tablespoons of plain organic yogurt (the thicker the better! Greek yogurt works fantastic) with the juice of a lemon. Apply to your face and let it dry for about 20 to 30 minutes. This mask is unfortunately pretty itchy but it leaves great results. I did this mask a few times when I was going through school and it’s brutal to leave on it really is but after your skin is super soft, super clean and super firm. Super mask. Leave on as long as you can (around an hour would be wonderful) for more face lifting effects – don’t worry this isn’t to the extent of a whole entire face lift, your eyes aren’t going to be pulled into your hairline. Once you’re done rinse with cool water. Only apply this once a week as the lemon juice can be a little hard on the skin if overused.
Lemon juice contains citric acid which helps to peel skin (only mildly don’t worry this isn’t some sort of brutal acid that melts your face). Lemon juice is also known to lighten and even skin tone – peace out acne scars! The lemon will help to keep acne in check while fighting age spots.
The yogurt is anti-fungal and antibacterial so it helps to unclog pores and fight what is making you break out. It is also anti-aging, which is always a nice bonus. The yogurt contains lactic acid which helps to smooth the skin, hydrates dry skin and reduce wrinkles.
Now you know what to do… Toner!
Lastly you NEED to use your moisturizer. If you don’t have one of your own you go out and get one. I don’t give a shit if you think it’ll make it worse; it won’t – as long as you get the right moisturizer. Make sure to really go over your issues with your skin care specialist and let them know if you’re feeling oily in particular places or all over, if you’re only feeling oily at that time of month, or any other details you can give. The more information your esthetician has the more information she can give you back. Apply a thin layer in the morning and before bed at night.
Finish off with a light application of eye cream.
You’re all done your facial! Cleanse, tone and moisturize every single day and exfoliate and mask as directed above. Make sure to always pamper your skin!