Oily skin is such a burden. It causes breakouts, makes you shine like a disco ball throughout the day and generally makes you feel a bit eh. And although no one wants a matte face anymore – hello, radiant complexion! – and you can definitely get away with the is-it-oil-or-glow story, it still means your skin is dealing with an imbalance of some sort. My advice? Stay away from the foaming, mattifying oily skin warriors and embrace quite a contradictory number in your routine: oils. In this blog post I’ll explain to you how oils cured my oily skin and why you should definitely consider adding them to your skin care stash, too.
Why is your skin oily?
In order to keep our skin healthy, soft, supple and hydrated, our body naturally produces oil within your pores. That oil is often called ‘sebum’. When your skin is confused and out of balance, it will produce too much of that sebum, which makes you look shiny and leaves a greasy film.
There’s two possible explanations for that imbalance: hormones and genetics. During periods of hormonal fluctuation, like puberty, pregnancy and menstruation, your body often produces more androgens. These are ‘male’ hormones like testosterone, but their masculinity doesn’t mean they only appear in men’s bodies – women have lots of it too.
An excess amount of androgens increases the amount of sebum your skin produces. A higher level of androgens can also be genetic, so it doesn’t necessarily have to do anything with hormones.
Restoring the imbalance
A very unhealthy reaction that lots of people with oily skin have, is to try to strip your skin as much as possible. Foaming cleansers, drying lotions, mattifying moisturisers and anything oil-free is probably what you seek. But I’ve learned – from experience – that those products only make it worse. If you strip your skin from its oils, your naturally confused body will produce even more oils to compensate the loss. That results in a vicious circle and definitely won’t cure your oiliness.
The real cure? Start indulging in oil products. Botanical plant oils are beautifully moisturising, nourishing and balancing. Since I’ve started using more oils, my skin has been more plump, more even and – yep – a lot less oily. Why? By keeping your skin moisturised with a simple, clean oil, it will stop overproducing sebum in effort to moisturise itself.
A sheen, not a shine
Now I hear you: you think using an oil will make you look just as greasy as you would do without. But if you choose the right oil, you’ll be provided with a sheen, not a shine. A healthy radiance, softness and a very natural glow. Now what is that, the right oil?
Preferably, choose something lightweight to indeed prevent having a thick oily layer on your skin. Especially throughout the day. I always use Neighbourhood Botanicals Daily Glow in the morning, often mixed with a tiny pump of the Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator. That concoction is the dream for baby soft and glowy skin, believe me. In the evening I tend to go for something a bit heavier, but still more watery than syrupy. Get me? My favourite night oils are the Likami Facial Essential Serum and the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate.
If you’re prone to breakouts, you might want to look for something that has some antibacterial benefits like jojoba oil. You can use a pure, cold-pressed one or seek for a products that has jojoba oil in it, like the Lena Wild Harmony Bloom Oil.
A little disclaimer here: using oils might not be your saviour. There are several explanations for oily skin and breakouts and you might need other adjustments tobalance your skin. But because it worked so well for me, I think it could be of great help for many of you.
Will you start using more oils?