Today’s blog was inspired from a tweet I got from a Get Glam with Gretchen fan who struggles with oily skin and wanted to know what are the best things to do to help remedy it.
So many people struggle with this, so this is a great question! Many believe that they must abstain from oil-based products because they have oily skin. However, you might be surprised to learn that more oil might just be the solution…..
After some research I found these to be the most accurate and promising results for those with oily skin:
1. Cleanse with a botanical oil-based face wash.
Those of us with oily skin have been taught to shop for “oil-free” products, but more recently dermatologists have learned that it’s not necessarily the best rule of thumb to apply to every aspect of your face wash routine. Cleansing botanical oils adhere to the sebum deep inside your pores and when the skin is rinsed with water both the sebum and botanical oil both get washed away! So when you have oily skin, it’s important to use a botanical oil-based face wash.
2. Use products with oil-absorbing ingredients.
Start your beauty routine in the morning with a mattifying gel or lotion (primer) to help combat shine. My Gretchen Christine Primer is a perfect product to help combat that shine or you can try Perfekt skin at your local Sephora.
At night be sure to use an alcohol-free toner after you wash your face and apply your moisturizer. Also at night you can apply a retinol exfoliate to unclog pores, limit oil production, and help with wrinkles. (However this can be drying so be sure to have a good moisturizer)
3. Make sure you don’t skip moisturizing.
Water-based, Non-comedogenic moisturizers are best for those with oily skin & since stripping the skin of it’s natural oils can encourage increased oil production, be sure to keep your routine balanced by applying a good moisturizer both morning and night.
4. Lastly…..Drink up!
We all know that drinking plenty of water is good for us but it also can really help with keeping your skin looking great, calm and hydrated. A trick I do with my water when I’m not in the mood to drink it is I put some Crystal Light Pure into it, so it still takes good but doesn’t have all those artificial sugars in it.
I hope this helps all of us out there with oily skin! Please keep sending me your questions or areas you would like to get some answers about @gretchenrossi. Till next week, stay Glam! Xoxo Gretchen Christine
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