How to Prevent Oily Skin

Your skin appears shiny, your pores enlarged, and you’re battling more breakouts than usual. These are classic signs of oily skin. Don’t worry, we’ve been there, and we have your back. Read on to discover our tips for how to prevent oily skin. [H2] What causes oily skin?
Before we discover the key to getting rid of oily skin, it’s important to understand what causes it. Oily skin originates from over-active sebaceous glands, which create excessive amounts of sebum – the official term for skin oil.

Common triggers include hormone level changes, your menstrual cycle and stress, as well as hot weather. It can be hereditary and often improves as you get older, although those who’ve suffered with spots in adulthood will know your skin can also become oily later in life.

Step 1. Cleanse your pores

The first step to getting rid of oily skin is to eliminate oil.

Using skin care that contains harsh ingredients can aggravate your skin, leading to greater oil production. We love the water-based Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash – an easy and effective way to remove makeup, cleanse your skin of impurities and clear away any excess oil.

Our Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash contains grape extract and is designed to be gentle and dissolvable – ideal for combating oily skin.

Use warm water to foam up the gel and massage it into your skin with a circular motion. Focus on your oiliest areas, usually around your T-zone. Once your face has been thoroughly covered, rinse and gently dab dry with a clean towel.

The most tempting thing to do with oily skin is to scrub until you’re oil free. While we’re starting off with a good cleanse, try to avoid washing too frequently as it can dry out your face and trigger more oil to be produced, landing us back at square one. You should aim to wash your face around twice a day.

Step 2. Go light with your toning

The next step to help get rid of oily skin is toning. Try one of our products with natural ingredients, such as our Refreshing Botanical Toner with Aloe Extract, containing 96% ingredients of natural origin. It’s enriched with aloe vera extract, known for its hydrating properties. The formula helps to refresh your skin, removing oil and impurities, and doesn’t contain any parabens, silicones, or artificial colourants.

Dab a little toner onto a cotton pad and dot it gently across the T-zone between your nose and forehead. Less is definitely more. Depending on how oily your skin is after cleansing, either apply a small amount of toner to your cheeks or none at all.

Step 3. Time for a face mask

Face masks are great for oily skin. They’re good at removing excess oil – the only problem is they’re almost too good!

Aim to use our Garnier Charcoal and Algae Hydrating Face Sheet Mask once or twice a week. It contains a serum that’s enriched with algae and it helps to rebalance and purify your skin without dehydrating it, helping to mattify oil in just 15 minutes.

Begin by carefully applying the sheet mask to your skin. Make sure the protective film is facing outwards. With the palm of your hands, softly press the mask down to ensure it is in contact with your skin. Next, remove the protective film. Then you’ll need to adjust the contours of your tissue mask to match up with your facial features. Once this is done, leave your mask on for 15 minutes.

Step 4. Moisturise

It might be tempting to avoid moisturiser when your skin is oily. Surely, after all the hard work you’ve done to cleanse and tone, a thick moisturiser is the last thing you need?

You may be surprised to hear that if you choose the right product, it can actually help to prevent oily skin.

We have a range of moisturisers that make use of natural ingredients to complement. Our Botanical Day Cream with Honey Flower uses honey flower to leave your skin feeling soft and nourished.

A healthy mind means healthy skin

Stress has long been linked to oily skin and potential outbreaks. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in which stress is acknowledged and minimised can help to greatly improve your skin.

If you work long hours, spend your days running after kids, or are just on the go non-stop, it’s important to take time out every now and again. Make sure you’re aiming for a full 7-9 hours sleep each night as a minimum, and try to get catch a break once in a while to recharge and refresh.

Cleansing, re-hydrating and balancing your skin to a healthy level is crucial in ridding yourself of excess oil. But remember, there are sometimes other factors at play, so take a holistic approach to your skin care.