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Don’t Sweat Oily Skin with These Tips

If you notice that your skin is often shiny, looks oily by the end of the workday, or you just feel as though you could use a treatment for generally oily skin, I have some helpful tips for you! We will even talk about some of the benefits of oily skin as a silver lining.

To figure out which skin care routine will suit you best, you first need to know which of the two skin types you have. The first is the oily skin type, which pertains to those who often have shine on their faces and may deal with breakouts.

The second skin type, which is very common, is combination skin. This means you exhibit two skin types on your face: oily skin in the T-zone and dryness on other portions of the face.

Since the two main factors influencing the amount of oil on the skin – genetics and hormones – are out of your control, let’s go through some helpful tips and tricks to treating oily skin and avoiding face shine.

The first tip is one you probably already know, but it is worth repeating! Cleanse your face daily. Make sure to wash it in the morning and before bed as well. Wipe off your makeup, and allow your pores to breathe while you sleep. If you go to the gym or you spend a lot of time in the sun, make sure to wash your face afterward. Also, if you have the oily skin type be sure to remove sweaty, tight clothing after use, as they can trigger acne mechanica in the body.

Bioclarity describes acne mechanica to be exacerbations due to pressure, friction, rubbing, squeezing, or stretching that catalyze acne breakouts. If you know you have breakouts sometimes make sure to keep this in mind!

Another handy helper you can keep in your handbag is blotting sheets! If you lightly blot your skin throughout the day with these oil-absorbing sheets, you can effectively combat oily skin and keep it managed. Be sure to pick up lotion and fragrance-free wipes and not to rub your skin forcefully.

Oily skin still needs to be moisturized, but try and avoid heavy creams or anything that isn’t oil-free. (Some oils, like mineral oil, are of course ok!) Water-based moisturizers usually work best. Also, if you would like to treat yourself to a face mask every once in awhile, go for it! I recommend the honey and green tea facial mask, which adequately moisturizes your skin while eliminating oiliness. It truly leaves your skin glowing, take it from a tester herself.

All you’ll need to do for this mask is take a used green tea bag and mix the contents with one tablespoon of honey. Mix the ingredients well and then apply the batch to your face. Gently wipe off the mask after 5-10 minutes with a moist towel.

Here come the positives about oily skin! Most skin experts agree that oily and combination skin types do allow skin to age more slowly. You’re also better equipped for inevitable winter skin-dryness!

Oily skin may be a pain sometimes, but with a face wash here and a blotting sheet there, it really is nothing to worry about. Also, you may find your skin type to be quite beneficial in later years. All in all, it’s a sure fact that no matter the skin type, you look great regardless – so don’t sweat it too much.

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