Do you have oily skin? This skin type appears shiny and a little too hydrated, but why do people get oily skin? Oily skin happens when the oil-producing sebaceous glands are overactive and produce more oil than is needed. The oil remains on your skin and doesn’t get reabsorbed; thus giving your skin a greasy shine. The pores are enlarged and the skin has a coarse, thick look. Oily skin can be caused by a number of issues such as hormones, diet, working environment and cosmetics to name but a few. Read below to discover which is the best moisturizer you can use and how to adopt a skin care regime, which will help combat the problem of oily skin.

Opt for oil-free moisturizers to maintain a shine-free complexion
Moisturizing feels nourishing and pampering on your skin and just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean you need to ignore it thinking you already have enough moisture. After you have cleansed or exfoliated, tone and pat your face dry, your skin is now ready to be moisturized. Choose an oil-free moisturizer especially formulated for oily skin rather than clogging your pores with some of the oil laden alternatives on offer.

TOP TIP: If you suffer from excessively oily skin, try mixing in a few drops of eau de cologne into your moisturizer. This will aid in keeping the oiliness at bay but is also useful for refining the pores of your skin by acting as a powerful astringent, helping to prevent acne.

A moisturizing night cream
If you have oily skin you may have been wondering if you should use a night moisturiser and if it’s beneficial. Using a light antiseptic moisturizer as a night cream from time to time if you wish can be very beneficial in helping your oily skin to recover and appear less early in the morning. You can also enjoy applying a clarifying mask one or two times a week, one specifically for oily skin as this will help to lift any excess oils off your skin without the use of harsh chemicals.

What you should avoid
If you have oily skin, then you need to make a conscious effort to stay well clear of skincare products that will leave your skin feeling taut and dehydrated. Any such products can cause the upper layers of your skin to shrink. This restricts oil flow through the pores leading to blockages and breakouts and this is something you definitely don’t want

Having oily skin may make you feel like you are very limited sometimes when it comes to beauty products and your daily facial cleansing routine. The good news is that if you adopt the right skin care routine and ensure you only buy products specifically for oily skin you can’t go far wrong. Oily skin may require a little bit more TLC as it is more prone to blemishes and breakouts but with the right know how you can still achieve a flawless, glowing complexion every day.

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