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How to look after your oily skin

Is your face prone to acne breakouts, or it is often dry and sensitive? Everyone’s skin is different and almost everyone has one main concern.

A tell-tale sign of oily skin is if your skin is always shiny throughout the day, have enlarged pores around the t-zone and you often get blackheads and breakouts of acne. Oily skin is a common complexion problem and can be solved with a dedicated and well-considered skin care routine to allow your inner shine to take centre stage instead.

Always Cleanse

Control excess oil by cleansing regularly, it will help to get rid of the accumulated dirt and oil build up which leads to clogged pores and acne. Avoid alcohol-based products as they will strip the skin removing more oil than necessary. Steer clear of harsh soaps and Use a gentle fragrance-free water-soluble cleanser that has been formulated for oily skin. A soft facecloth or a cleansing brush with ultra-soft bristles can help remove the excess oil build up.

 

Exfoliate

This is one of the most important steps for oily skin. Gentle exfoliating will immediately remove dead skin cells which usually results in pimples, acne and blackheads.  Again use an exfoliating product that has been designed to remove the oil build up but be gentle and don’t scrub your skin in a harsh manner as it will end up irritating your skin.

 

Toner

Use an alcohol-free toner everyday as this will not only eliminate excess oil but can be good for regulating sebum. A toner will also help remove every trace of makeup, oil and dirt build-up that can lead to clogged pores.

 

Moisturise

Oily skin still needs moisturising and hydration. If your skin isn’t sufficiently hydrated, it could trick your gland into producing more oil.  Opt for a light gel type moisturiser that is packed with calming and soothing properties to help soothe irritated, oily skin.

 

Healthy eating and exercise

One factor that is often overlooked when it comes to healthy skin. By altering your diet and reducing the intake of unhealthy foods, such as sugary, salt, inflammatory fats and refined carbohydrates will see a positive impact on your skin. Also remember to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water daily and minimise the intake of alcohol. Exercising daily and working out increases the blood flow and helps nourish skin cells. It opens clogged pores which in turn helps remove toxins.

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