If you have oily skin, chances are you've tried lots of things to keep it under check: While some stuffs may work to manage excess shine in the short term, finding a long lasting solution could be a bit is tricky.
Oily skin is most common in your T-Zone.
The T-Zone is made up of the skin on your forehead, nose, and chin. For those with oily skin, your T-Zone and other parts of your face may be excessively shiny or oily throughout the day. This excess oil could lead to clogged pores, uneven texture, greasy skin, blackheads, enlarged pores and breakouts from time to time.
If any of this sounds like what you’re going through, then you want to take your time, relax and read this blogpost carefully to discover the best morning and night skincare routine you should be using for clear smooth skin.
Best Skincare Routine For Oily Skin
For oily skin, the simple secret to preventing oily skin is to find a daily and night time routine that removes excess oil without drying out your skin.
Morning Routine for Oily Skin
Step 1: Cleanse. First thing first, cleanse like crazy
Starting with a clean foundation is key to setting up your oily skin for success! Use the Neutriherbs Vitamin E Gentle Facial cleanser which washes away surface impurities, lowers skin redness, roughness and residual makeup without drying out, leaving your skin with a clean, smooth and nourished feeling.
Neutriherbs Vitamin E Gentle Facial Cleanser - 120ml (N4,900)
Step 2: Use Toner to Refine Your Pores
Applying Toners can do wonders for your oily skin. Use a toner as the second step in your morning skincare routine. A good natural toner will hydrate your skin while also cleansing, controlling oil and minimizing the look of pores. A toner also helps prep your skin for the rest of your routine so that your other products are more effective.
If you're not sure if a toner is necessary to add to your routine, Here are 7 Benefits why you should use a toner
Unfortunately not all toners would be perfect for you. You want to avoid toners with alcohol, because it tends to be a main ingredient and will overly dry your skin.
Try Neutriherbs Vitamin c Brightening & Glow Toner – it’s a gentle toner formulated without alcohol containing ingredients such as Witch Hazel, Hyaluronic acid, Niacinamide and vitamin c working together to enhance your skin’s surface, giving skin what it needs to look fresher, smoother and hydrated.
Once you start using this toner, the results will be undeniably obvious.
Step 3: Add a Niacinamide Serum
Look out for a lightweight serum containing at least 5% niacinamide, an ingredient that minimizes the appearance of pores and regulates oil production throughout the day. Pop a couple of drops of into your moisturizer or use alone.
Try Neutriherbs 5% Niacinamide Serum which absorbs fast and keeps oil on lockdown.
These are the 6 Reasons Why Niacinamide Deserves a Place In your Oily Skincare Routine
Step 4: Moisturize. Keep that skin hydrated!
A common misconception about oily skin is that moisturizer isn't necessary but, like all skin types, oily skin still needs moisture and hydration. It's important to use a moisturizer which is non-comedogenic to avoid clogging your pores.
The reason you might want to consistently add more moisture to oily skin is to prevent your skin from going into overdrive when it becomes too dry and try to compensate with an over-production of oil. Which fuels the whole cycle of excess sebum and all the challenges that comes with it.
When choosing a moisturizer, look for formula that include glycerin and hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin and niacinamide to help even out the skin tone.
Neutriherbs 4D Hyaluronic acid Gel Moisturizer Is an Oil free and Non comedogenic Moisturizer with a unique gel-cream formula that absorbs quickly like a gel but has the lasting moisturizing power of a cream making it the perfect solution to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier without clogging pores or making your face feel oily.
Step 5: Last Step Is Always a Sunscreen
Sunscreens also come in non-greasy formulas that are perfect for oily skin. Avoid using a sunscreen packed with heavy, oily ingredients as it could only end up creating more problems for your skin.
Choose a light formula that contains antioxidants like Vitamin C and natural extracts, while offering ample protection against the sun's UV rays. It should not leave your skin feeling sticky throughout the day.
Zinc, vitamin C, fruit extracts, and caffeine are ingredients you should be looking for in a sunscreen if you have oily skin. Certain formulas that come in matte finish can also work as a good base for your makeup.
More also, If you feel as though moisturizer overloads your skin, you could skip that step entirely and simply use a targeted Sunscreen in the morning, as most SPF products are actually suspended in a moisturizing base. The only hard rule when it comes to oily skin is that during the day, the last product you put on must always be a sunscreen.
It’s best to use a mineral based sunscreen as opposed to a chemical sunscreen. Mineral or physical sunscreens actually create a barrier on your skin to protect it from sun damage, while chemical sunscreens can actually be absorbed into your skin. Look for sunscreens that use Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, or both. Those are the only two mineral ingredients approved by the FDA to protect your skin from the sun.
Try either Neutriherbs Vitamin C Spf 30 Or Spf 50 lotions as they both contain powerful antioxidant like vitamin c and are non-greasy – containing zinc oxide, titanium oxide and leave a matte finish.
WEEKLY: Exfoliate Skin to Prevent Buildup
Gentle exfoliation is one of the most important skincare steps for oily skin. The combination of excess oil and large pores can cause buildup and dead skin cells to clog your pores. Use a Clay Mask with salicylic acid 1-2 times a week to remove pore buildup and help prevent acne and breakouts.
Night time Routine For Oily Skin
Step 1: Double cleanse
Cleansing your skin twice a day, both morning and evening, is highly beneficial when you're dealing with oily skin.
We recommend a salicylic acid-based cleanser, such as Neutriherbs Saliyclic Acid Cleanser. Salicylic acid is an exfoliating acid, otherwise known as a BHA or beta hydroxy acid. It exfoliates deep inside the pore, breaking up the paste-like mixture of oil, dead skin cells and dirt before they clog and cause blackheads or spots. Also try combining with Vitamin E Gentle Hydrating Cleanser for that extra calmness and hydration boost. The Vitamin E Cleanser for night use can serve as an alternative to salicylic acid cleanser if your skin is quite sensitive
Step 2a: Retinol
A retinol serum or cream or both is one of the key products for people with oily skin.
Retinol helps "thicken" the skin to reduce the look of fine lines and exfoliates for an overall smoother complexion. The solution for oily skin is products that exfoliate, increase cellular turnover, and unplug pores. Retinoids reduce sebum, increase cellular turnover, and improve pigmentation. They also keep acne at bay.
Use Retinol on alternate nights at most 3 times a week.
Best Retinol Serum:
Neutriherbs Retinol + Vitamin E Serum: The Neutriherbs Retinol Serum is formulated with smaller molecules of active ingredients like Retinol, Vitamin E and Hyaluronic acid that all work together to hydrate, easily penetrate deeper and interact with your skin in ways you can't imagine leaving the skin looking smoother, softer and more radiant.
Recommended Retinol Cream
Neutriherbs Retinol Cream: Neutriherbs Retinol Cream which delivers the highest concentration of Retinol (Vitamin A) deep into the skin’s surface quickly and effectively to help renew and rejuvenate your skin by accelerating cell turnover.
Step 2b - Alternate Retinol With a Salicylic Acid Serum
Salicylic is oil-soluble which gives it a unique ability to penetrate through oil and exfoliate deep within your pores to remove blockages, blackheads and whiteheads.
It works by increasing the amount of moisture in the skin, so the blockages are softened to the point the substance that causes the skin cells to stick together dissolves. This makes it easier to shed the dead skin cells and maintain clear pores. This unique working mechanism of salicylic acid is why it’s a cult favorite skincare product for those with oily, acne-prone skin.
Neutriherbs Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Serum - 30ml (N8,800)
This BHA exfoliating serum might look simple, but it's super effective. It relies on 2 percent salicylic acid combined with Glycolic acid, tea tree oil and soothing camellia japonica to treat a number of skin concerns, like irritation, dullness, wrinkles, and acne. Not only is it one of Neutriherb's Newly launched serums, it's also on it’s way to becoming a top-selling Customer’s favorite. Are you sold yet?
Could be used either morning or night. 3 times a week. Don’t use on nights you use retinol. Use separately and alternatively.
The Bottom Line
Oily skin can be caused by a number of factors: genetics, diet, stress, and climate being a few. At its core, though, oily skin is the result of increased sebum production, which can lead to clogged and enlarged pores. So while a little extra shine might not be the bane of your existence, the change in your skin's texture isn't ideal. The good news is you can make skin appear less greasy by using the right products combination (and, of course, avoiding the wrong ones).