How to Make Skin Less Oily Throughout The Day
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How to Make Skin Less Oily Throughout The Day

Oily skin can be a hassle, shiny sticky, the makeup won’t stay on. In this post I share how to make your skin less oily and stay that way throughout the day.

To make skin less oily throughout the day follow a skin care routine suited for oily skin.

  • Wash your face twice a day using lukewarm water
  • Use mild cleansers which are alcohol-free
  • Apply alcohol-free oil balancing toner
  • Dab excess oil from the face through the day using tissues
  • Use a moisturizer
  • Exfoliate once a week
  • Be gentle on your skin, use soft washcloths
  • Avoid astringents and strong soaps
  • Use water-based makeup
  • Eat healthy foods, avoid saturated fats such as fried, junk food

There is a lot to selecting a good skin care regime and products for oily skin. This may vary based on whether skin has acne, open pores, sensitive patches and dry patches.

Wash Face Moderately

Using a mild cleanser wash your face twice a day. This will remove excess sebum and oil. The oil is bound to come back again later in the day, but resist from washing too often. Regular washing results in excess sebum creation ( that means excess oil). So, washing your face too often is actually going to make your skin more oily. We want to control and reduce oil creation hence wash only twice a day.

Use a Gentle Cleanser

A cleanser helps remove dirt, oil and impurities naturally from the skin. Cleansing your skin can help unclog pores and keep a check on sebum production. There are different tyes of oily skin:

  • acne prone
  • sensitive skin
  • skin with large pores
  • dehydrated skin
  • combination skin

Select a cleanser based on the type of oily skin you have. Check this guide of how to select the best cleanser for oily skin.

While using a cleanser make sure you massage it gently into the skin. Use warm water with cleansers and leave the product on the face for a minute. Rinse off and dab dry gently.

Apply a Balancing Toner

Toners are not essential in a skin care regime. Including a toner can help your skin by keeping the excessive oil in check. We have a comprehensive guide to selecting a good toner for your skin.

Toners have different properties which can address specific issues with your skin. There are toners which are good if you have large pores, they help shrink the pores. There are toners which can unclog pores and kill bacteria which causes acne. All toners are not the same select the best toner for your skin based on what condition you have.

Include Facial Oil in your Skin Care Routine

Oil beats oil and can be very beneficial for your skin. Oil is also a very good cleanser and moisturizer. Facial oils such as rose oil can help fight acne, boost collagen and address wrinkles. Jojoba oil can moisturize your skin if used in moderation ( just a drop or two). Tea Tree oil can help with acne prone skin.

Include a Facial Oil in your skin care regime, it will actually balance out your natural oils. Jojoba oil can trick the skin in thinking that excess sebum has been produced. Hence the skin does not produce more oil.

When you include a facial oil in your routine remember these tips.

  • Use the facial oil in moderation. Too much oil can harm than help. One or two drops are more than enough.
  • Dab oil gently on the skin, do not rub oil into the skin
  • Oil gets absorbed faster on damp skin

Use a Mositurizer

A moisturizer is essential for all skin types including oily skin. Invest in a noncomedogenic , oil free and alcohol free moisturizer. Select a mosituriser based on the skin condition you have. Acne prone skin benefit from products which include salicylic acid. Use our guide on best moisturizers for oily skin to pick the best one for your skin.

Create a Skin Care Routine for your Skin Type

The quickest and easiest way to make the skin less oily is to stick to a routine. Having a well-balanced skincare routine helps the skin rest and rejuvinate.

A well rested and balanced skin is less prone to breakouts. Having a relaxing skin care routine is the perfect way to wind down at the end of the day. A stress-free and relaxed mind and body are essential for a healthy skin.

Step #1 Cleanse your Skin Twice a Day

Cleanse your face once or twice a day. If you have sensitive or acne prone skin, cleanse only at night. In the morning wash face with lukewarm water and something mild like moong dal ( green gram powder ) or besan ( gram flour).

Excessive washing with cleansers dries the skin out, causing more sebum ( oil) production. Let’s do the bare essentials to keep our skin clean and fresh without chemicals if we can.

Step #2 Exfoliate your Skin

Exfoliate once or twice a week. Exfoliation will remove all the dead dry skin and opens up the pores and helps your skin breathe. It also makes your skin look young and fresh. Sensitive skin reacts to excess exfoliation, hence keep it to once a week if your skin is sensitive.

Step #3 Apply a Face Mask

Apply a Face Mask twice a week. For oily skin clay and mud masks work well. They absorb impurities and oil off the face. There are many homemade face masks which work well.

If the face mask dries out your skin, or irritates your skin, do not use it. Just because a face mask has been labelled as suitable for oily skin, it does not mean it will suit your skin.

Step #4 Apply a Toner

Include a toner in your skin care routine. While a toner is not a necessary component, it can help in different ways.

Some toners target specific skin concerns, such as open pores, or acne or ageing.

Pick one which suits your needs. Toners act as a barrier between your makeup and skin. So this additional layer can be beneficial.

Step #5 Apply a Light Moisturizer

Moisturizers are useful for all skin types. Oily skin needs a moisturizer. Find one which is light, non greasy and water based.

Step #6 Apply Sunscreen

Apply sunscreen after the moisturizer. The order of application of products is always from the thinnest to the thickest ( in texture).

Sun Screen will block UV rays and prevent skin damage. Ageing, wrinkles, sun burns are caused by harmful sun rays.

Related Questions

How do you get rid of Oily Skin Naturally

Wash your face regularly, blot off excess oil through the day using blotting paper, apply clay masks. Use natural face masks which can control oil and sebum secretion.
Leave raw honey on your face for 10 minutes and wash off, this will help maintain the oil balance and also moisturize your face naturally.

How to prevent oily face after applying Makeup

Prep your face well before applying makeup. Cleanse your face. Apply ice wrapped in a soft cloth to the face.

Proceed through the basic skin care regime as mentioned above.

Select oil free makeup. Use primers on eyelids and on the face.

Use powders to set makeup in place. Avoid cream based makeup.

Once you finish applying the makeup, use a finishing spray to lock the layers in. This is different from a setting spray which won’t last. Dab your face using a blotting paper often.

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