Oily Skin

It’s great to have nourished skin that isn’t flaking off, but unfortunately, oily skin can be hard to manage, especially in the summer months, on nights out, or at the end of the day when your makeup has turned into a greasy mess. But what’s worse is that oily skin can also lead to congestion, acne, blackheads and clogged pores, and isn’t just limited to the face – often affecting the back and chest area too. 

The skin care ingredients you’re using can have a huge impact on whether your skin improves or becomes even more oily and leads to breakouts, so you’ll want to make sure you’re using the right stuff. 

How do I know if I have oily skin, and what causes it? 

Does your skin feel waxy, allowing your fingers to slide easily over the forehead, nose and chin? Oily skin often has a shine to it, indicating there is excess oil flowparticularly on the “T-Zone” area. This overabundance of oil is caused by sebaceous glands in the skin producing excess sebum (oil). This sebum can then mix with dead skin cells and get stuck in pores, which creates congestion and acne.

The most common causes of oily skin are hormones, including hormonal changes such as puberty and pregnancy, and genetics. Causes can also be external triggers such as environmental factors (hot, humid weather or exercising and sweating) or using skin care products that are too rich and oily. 

How can I reduce the look of oily skin? 

The first thing you’ll want to do is ensure you have a skincare routine to use day and night to gently cleanse your skin thoroughlya serum with antioxidants, hydration and antibacterial properties, a moisturiser without too much oil and exfoliation for the skin once or twice a week.

 You may think moisturiser can be skipped, but oil is different to hydration – by using ingredients such as hyaluronic acid you can balance the water and oil in the skin, which will help to control oil production. The same goes for scrubbing your skin dry or using harsh cleansers, which can strip and irritate the skin, causing it to produce even more oil. You’ll also want to scale back on heavy makeup so your skin can breathe, and instead opt for lighter and mattifying textures, or even just a mineral powder. 

Which products should I use for oily skin? 

Rebalancing oil production is the key for oily skin, and O Cosmedics has just the ingredients to help. Start with a gentle cleanse, followed by a serum and balancing moisturiser morning and night, with retinol added in the evening, and an exfoliating scrub or enzyme fruit peel once or twice a week. 

Our top products for Oily Skin…

Gentle Antioxidant Cleanser is a gentle daily cleanser strengthened with powerful antioxidants to remove dirt and excess sebum, and peptides to leave the skin refreshed.  

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3D Hyaluronic Serum supports instant and long-term skin hydration by helping retain water in the skin and works wonders on any skin type including oily and acne-prone skins. 

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Potent Retinol Serum contains 0.5% pure, bioactive retinol (Vitamin A) to renew and hydrate, reducing the appearance of fine lines, clearing the skin and promoting a firm, even skin tone. 

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Rebalancing Cream is a light-weight, oil-free lotion designed specifically for problematic skin. Targets bacteria and excessive sebum production whilst hydrating and rebalancing the skin. 

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Mineral Pro SPF 30+ is a must for all routines, being that protects against UV rays (all year round!) is the number one prevention of ageing in the skin. 

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Looking for personalised advice?

If you’d like to receive tailored skincare advice from professionals, we recommend visiting your nearest O Cosmedics stockist and talking with them. All stockists are highly trained with the O Cosmedics product range and will work with you to create a specialised skin regime to suit.

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