Oily skin – 5 products that will help

5 products to care for oily skin

Oily skin needs special treatment. There are so many astringent products on the market designed for oily skin. They strip away oil and leave our skin feeling dry – well for a while anyway. I mean when we have oily skin all we want to do is to get rid of the oil and then our skin will behave. Right?

Wrong!  

If our skin was an oily ring round the bath or a patch of oil on a garage floor that would be fine.  We’d just rub some de-greaser or alcohol based gunge on it to break down the oil and voila, no more oily stain.

But our skin is very different.  It reacts very differently to what’s put on it.

What is our skin made of?

Our skin is made up of several layers. There’s the the epidermis, dermis, and the hypodermis, and they all work differently.  Depending on your skin type these layers can be thicker or thinner. Any skin without hairs on ie palms of hands and soles of feet tends to be thicker and more durable.

Skin contains thousands of tiny sebaceous glands which sit just under the top layers of skin. These glands produce sebum.  Without sebum, our skin would be very tight and dry, and would be vulnerable to environmental damage.

Too little sebum, and we experience dry skin. Too much, and we experience oily skin. Some people naturally produce too much sebum, generally down to their genetic makeup and hormone levels, and this results in oily skin.

Why does oily skin behave differently?

Most of the products on the market that claim to be for oily skin are either astringent or alcohol based.

When we use harsh astringent products on oily skin they strip away ALL the oil from our skin, even the stuff that’s beneficial and good for it.  This is the necessary flora and bacteria that naturally lives on our skin so it can repair itself and keep a sense of balance.

When this is stripped away our skin panics and thinks it’s drying out – which it kind of is once it’s been stripped of all moisture.

So it goes on to send more oil and sebum to the surface of your skin to replace the lost moisture. And so we use more products, different products, stronger products, more wipes, more astringents and so on and so on. Rinse & repeat!

Hell for our skin, and hell for our budget!

My products for oily skin are different:

They work with your skin instead of against it, gently cleansing it but not stripping away the acid mantle and beneficial flora and bacteria that skin needs.

Tea Tree & Aloe Soap has been created for teenagers or tweenagers whose skin is starting to misbehave or anyone suffering from hormonal changes who has occasional breakouts.

Rose & orange toner is a lovely light, soothing toner that can be used to hydrate and refresh the skin. It will gently sweep away excess sebum or makeup but won’t strip the skin of essential moisture.  Great to spritz on the skin to cool and soothe.

Dead Sea Mud Mask will draw toxins out from the skin and tighten pores.  It also exfoliates and hydrates all in one.  As a result your skin will feel fabulous after using it!

Lemon & Grapefruit Face Scrub is a gentle exfoliator but shouldn’t be used more than every other day as our skin needs time to repair itself after being exfoliated.  The impulse is to scrub your skin every day but that’s not going to help your oily skin. If your skin is sensitive but oily once or twice a week is enough.

White Tea & Lavender Face Cream. It’s a popular misconception that oily skin doesn’t need to be moisturised. So called ‘oil free’ moisturisers once again strip the skin of essential moisture.  It might feel dry and smooth for a while but then our skin panicks and sends more sebum and oil to the surface as explained above.  This very lovely light moisturiser works with your skin instead of against it leaving it soft, smooth and calm.

Try before you buy a full size one

All my facial skincare products are available in trial sizes.  This way you can test them out (there’s about a weeks worth) to make sure that your skin loves them before commiting to full size products.

I’d rather do this to ensure that you get exactly the right product for your skin.  If you bought a full size one and it wasn’t right you might not buy from me again! This way you can find a product you and your skin love and use it forever!

So if you’ve got oily skin or you know someone who has, take a look at the products highlighted above.  There’s a whole oily skin section on my website just go to the facial skincare section and select your skin type.

Do let me know if you’ve used any of the products and what you thought of them!

Lots of love
Sue xx

 

 

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