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30 Jun

The Ultimate Skincare Guide for Oily Skin

Discover essential tips to help you take care of your oily skin

Do you struggle with the daily frustration of a face that looks somewhat looks like an oil slick? Are you tired of wiping your face every half an hour trying to get your pores under control but to no avail? Maintaining oily skin involves reducing oil production and making sure the pores are clean to prevent oxidation and stretching. If not taken care of properly, it can give rise to numerous problems like constant breakouts. Here is a handy guide tailored just for an oily skin type.

Cleanse it well

Instead of aggravating the skin by using harsh face washes, invest in light foaming cleansers, which can break through the oil and grime settled on the skin without causing irritation. Incorporate a dry cleanse in your skincare routine. Choose to cleanse your face without any water—pump out a bit of your cleanser and rub it on to a completely dry face. After a minute, wash it off with water. This ensures that the cleanser digs deep inside your pores to get rid of the dirt.

Essential exfoliation

Dead skin cell build up, blackheads and clogged pores are all part and parcel of oily skin. Dust and pollution result in dullness and unevenness. Ro tackle this, it’s important to steam your face for twice or thrice a week before exfoliating it. Either use a steam machine or a bowl of hot water for five to seven minutes to open up the pores. Then, thoroughly scrub your skin with a mild exfoliator to add radiance and help polish the skin texture.

Tone it up

Right after you finish exfoliating, ensure you massage an ice cube on all over your face for a good two to three minutes to close your pores and not let the dirt through. Wipe it off gently with a tissue paper and bring out your toner. This is the final step in making sure that your skin is stripped off of all residual dirt and is prepped to absorb the ingredients later. It tightens your pores and keeps the moisture balance of your skin in check. For a natural toner, opt for apple cider vinegar with rose water.

Hydrate and protect

Most people tend to skip this step for fear of making their skin oilier. However, using a moisturiser is of utmost importance as your skin needs the hydration. Invest in a gel-based cream as any rich moisturiser is sure to clog your pores and make your skin look shinier. To finish with, always apply a layer of sunscreen, preferably matte, as this has so many vital properties that will protect your skin not just from the harmful UV rays, but also from premature signs of ageing.

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Prapti Ajmera
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