Updated: Oct 16, 2020
Hellooooo beauties! Today's post is for those of you who are oily. I know it's difficult for you to find the right routine to control that free-flowing oil! First of all, let me discuss how you know you have oily skin. You have oily skin when your oil flows freely from the sebaceous glands out of your pores. You likely wake up and see oil right away. Or you generally start seeing oil flow freely before noon and it keeps flowing throughout the day.
If this doesn't sound like your skin, you most likely are not oily. To know your exact skin type, you must visit a practicing esthetician and have a facial.
I am giving you successful tips that will help control your oil and create the perfect canvas for makeup! So let's jump right in!
1. Find A Great Moisturizer
Beauties, I know this may sound silly. However, you because you have oil in your skin, does not mean that it is hydrated. Your skin still needs hydration. Internally, you will do this by staying hydrated daily. Externally, the best way to keep your skin hydrated is to use an appropriate moisturizer.
What type of moisturizer should you use if your skin is oily? I recommend a light, oil-free moisturizer. A light, oil-free moisturizer will give your skin the hydration it needs, without the shine!
I recommend spoiling your beautiful skin with the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream.
If you're ballin' on a budget, I recommend Formula 10.0.6 Seriously Shine Free Mattifying Oil-Free Moisturizer.
2. Use A Clay Mask
Clay masks are you friend, beauties! Not only do they help keep your skin clean, but they also help control oil. There are two types of clay mask that help oily skin: kaolin and bentonite.
Bentonite clay masks are fantastic for oily, acne-prone skin. Bentonite absorbs all impurities from the skin and helps control sebum (oil) production. Bentonite clay can expand up to 30 times its dry size when mixed with water. This means that bentonite is a very thick clay.
I recommend Innis Free Super Volcano Clusters Pore Clearing Clay Mask.
Kaolin clay masks are fantastic for oily skins that are not acne-prone. Kaolin shares all of the benefits of bentonite, but is not as thick.
I recommend Laneige Mini Pore Waterclay Mask.
How Often Should You Mask?
I recommend masking once per week. This will help your skin control oil production. If you are new to masking, I recommend starting with a kaolin clay mask.
What Else Can I Do?
Beauties, you know I am all about my water. Drinking enough water daily has a huge benefit for your oily skin. Here's what it is: so you know how once your oil starts flowing it seems uncontrollable? Well, well, well. When you are dehydrated, your sebaceous glands (the glands that produce oil) will go into overdrive. They will be producing so much oil to stay hydrated. When you drink enough water daily, the sebaceous glands will start to slow down because you are staying hydrated and your skin will no longer need the excess oil.
I recommend exfoliating once per week. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells from your epidermis, which will help oil be released from your pores. This is a good thing because it aids in slowing down your sebaceous glands. So basically, because you remove dead skin from your face, the oil can flow out of your pores easier, which results in external hydration for your skin. Because your skin is getting the necessary oil it needs easily, the sebaceous glands will slow down oil production.
I recommend using the Sonia Roselli Beauty Sex-A-Peel Exfoliator. This exfoliation spray is the perfect product to remove dead skin cells. Something to keep in mind is that this is a citrus-based product.
If you have issues with citrus, I recommend using Glycolic Acid.
After that beauties, the key is to be patient and wait! Remember that these things take time. It will take at least one month to start seeing results. It may even take several months. I promise you that if you maintain this routine and have a little patience, you will have that oil under control, and long-lasting makeup!
So you've controlled your oil production, and have gorgeous skin. What's next?
Oily skin can be hard to control and apply makeup to. Never fear, beauties! I am here to help you navigate applying makeup to your oily skin! Once you start the easy routine I've discussed in this blog post, we can go shopping for makeup products that will work on your slick skin! I have you in mind!