I often come across first-time clients with oily skin who are using supermarket type products because it removes the oil from their skin and leaves it feeling 'clean and tight'.
Every skin is different and the reason your skin feels oily may be very different to another. To ensure you are on the right track to healthy skin, the key is understanding what's happening so we can ensure your skin is exposed to the right ingredients and products.
How do I know if I have oily skin?
How oily your skin is will depend on a few factors: Genetics, the environment and puberty. If you have an oily skin type, then it will exhibit the following:
1. Your face will look shiny by lunchtime (or just after)
2. You have larger looking pores on your t-zone
3. You experience breakouts and under surface congestion
4. You have blackheads- mainly seen on the nose, chin and forehead
5. Your make-up feels like it slides off your face
Common myths around oily skin
Myth: Oily skin needs a harsh cleanser to leave it squeaky clean.
Fact: Oily skin needs balance. Over-drying cleansers strip the skin of natural oil and lipids, triggering a cycle of dehydration that can irritate skin and make chronic oiliness worse. The Active Clay Cleanser provides the balance and leaves the skin purified and clean.
Myth: Oily skin doesn’t need moisturiser – that will just make it more oily.
Fact: The opposite is often true! People who struggle with oily skin often actually have dehydrated skin (skin without enough water); their skin then tries to compensate by producing too much oil. As with cleansing, the key is to find the right balance – so look for a truly oil-free moisturiser, like Active Moist .
Myth: Sunscreen causes more oil and breakouts.
Fact: No matter what your skin condition, everyone needs a moisturiser on their skin. Oily skin should opt for a sunscreen in a light weight, mattifying consistency and Dermalogica has the perfect one for you - Oil Free Matte SPF30.
On the plus side, having oily skin in a way is a positive, why? We age at a slower rate with oilier skin because the oil makes up part of our protective barrier in the skin. So embrace the oil and let's help you maintain and control the shine with ingredients and products that are perfect for your oily skin.
Dermalogica = the perfect match!
Formulated with advanced ingredients, Dermalogica's products for oily skin not only help control the oil, they target the concerns that come with having an oily skin - breakouts, enlarged pores, congestion etc. Here are our top picks for oily skin when it comes to cleansing, moisturising and sunscreen protection:
Cleansing - Active Clay Cleanser
- Purifies and balances oily skin
- Protects the skins natural microbiome
- Keeps skin hydrated and healthy
Daytime Moisturiser/SPF - Oil Free Matte SPF30
- All day matte finish
- Lightweight and ultra sheer
- Purifies and protects the skin
Nighttime Moisturiser - Active Moist
- Hydrates with no oily shine
- Balances skin’s microbiome.
- Refines skin with botanical extracts.
Mattifying Primer - Hydrablur
- Make-up primer that intensely hydrates the skin, refines pores and mattifies oily shine.
- “Blurs” imperfections and smoothes the skin
About the Author
My name is Sarah and I am the founder of GLO Skin Body. With over 17 years experience, I believe a professional relationship with your skin therapist is crucial in helping you to achieve your skin care goals and to ensure your skin is always looking and feeling its best. Whether it's in person or through our online support, Im here to guide and support you towards your healthiest skin ever.
On a personal note, I am a Mum of 3 so I understand completely the juggles and balancing of life and family commitments . My goal is to help everyone have an effective and enjoyable home care routine that gets you the results you want...no matter how busy you are!