With weather that’s summer all year round, it’s not surprising that greasy skin is the greatest problem that we face. While we can’t change the climate, it doesn’t mean we can’t do anything about our skincare regime. Here are seven tips to go from oily to pretty.
Tip #1: Cleanse well
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Break down oil with the help of cleanser that contains mild salicylic acid. This doesn’t just help with zit-fighting (a common problem caused by oil plugs clogging up the pores), it also keep your skin looking matte. Take note though, that over-cleansing can be detrimental for oily skin because it can cause your skin to become dehydrated (our skin is slightly acidic, and water, which has a neutral pH, increases our overall pH level, causing it to dry out when over-cleansed). Cleansing your skin twice a day is good enough.
Tip #2: Use oil-free products
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Water-based products (instead of oil-based ones) will feel more refreshing on your skin and alleviate your skin from the weight that oil can put on your skin.
Tip #3: Don’t skip moisturiser
Our skin produces and thrives on both oil and water. Having excessive oil production doesn’t mean you should scale back on moisture! It’s like compensating with the lack of flour when you want to bake a cake by putting more eggs into it – I know, it just doesn’t make sense. When your skin is too dry (from lack of moisture), it actually produces more oil in a bid to hydrate it. This means that dehydrated skin will see more oil production – which is what you wish to avoid if your skin is already oily to begin with.
Tip #4: Go easy with makeup
While it’s tempting to apply more makeup because makeup tends to disappear faster than if we were in a cold location, the wiser thing to do is scale back on makeup, especially foundation. We didn’t make this up – we learnt this from Taiwanese makeup guru, Xiao Kai. Foundation can feel too heavy in our climate and when mixed with sebum, can oxidise and cake. Go for tinted moisturisers or powders that have the ability to absorb excess sebum.
Tip #5: Diet matters
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Laksa and chilli crab may be our favourite Singaporean cuisine but they’re not best friends with oily skin. Spicy food cause our blood vessels to dilate and make us perspire, aggravating our skin’s oil production. Load up instead, on foods that are high in vitamin A, such as carrots and spinach. These foods slow down oil production so our skin can look radiant and matte.
Tip #6: Use clay mask
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Clay masks are best for oil and shine control, and they can also help with relieving clogged pores. Use them once to twice a week for best results.
Tip #7: Blot away, but not excessively
Blotting papers are great for instantly removing oil from our skin, relieving them from that greasy feeling immediately. Blot away, especially before you do any touch-up. Pick blotting papers that have skincare benefits or have some translucent powder that can help to eliminate excess sebum gently. However, don’t overdo this, because you may be over-stripping your skin, plus exerting unnecessary friction on it through the blotting action.