The Best Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin

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Clueless about oily skin care? The best skin care routine for you depends on your skin type. There are four basic skin types: dry skin that produces less sebum or sebaceous oil than normal, oily skin that produces more sebum than normal, combination skin that’s oily on the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin), and normal skin that's neither too dry or too oily. Normal skin features skin that’s soft, smooth, and radiant — the type of skin we aim for.

Let’s talk about oily skin and how you can achieve balanced, normal skin through an effective oily skin care routine. Skin that has glossy shine and enlarged, clearly visible pores are characteristic of oily skin. It can be triggered by hormonal changes and imbalances, genetics, stress, medication, makeup, and environmental factors such as climate and pollution.

Oily skin tends to look younger compared to dry skin because it has more natural moisture, and is less prone to premature wrinkles and fine lines. However, it's more likely to have congested or clogged pores such as blackheads and whiteheads that can cause acne, as well as dull, uneven skin tone and blemishes caused by breakouts. Thus, there is a need for a step-by-step oily skin care routine.

Here are four basic steps to perfect a skin care routine for Oily Skin:

Step 1. Cleanse well

Do wash skin gently in the morning and at night with a mild cleanser, making sure to thoroughly remove makeup before you sleep.

Step 2. Exfoliate regularly

Do exfoliate for faster cell turnover to help lighten dark spots and remove the build-up of impurities that may clog pores.

Step 3. Prep and Moisturize skin

Prep skin with a lightweight serum and top it off with an oil-free, lightweight moisturizer to keep your skin soft and hydrated.

The Best Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin

Use the Olay White Radiance Light Perfecting Essence to fix uneven skin tone, and seal in a first layer of moisture to deliver long-lasting hydration. Its lightweight, milky texture allows for fast absorption and leaves a silky texture on skin. As you continuously include it to your oily skin care routine, your skin will have a smoother, fresher and a more translucent complexion in just four weeks.

For moisturizer, the Olay Regenerist Whip delivers results (reduced wrinkles, firmer skin) without the added shine. This facial moisturizer transforms from cream to liquid when applied for faster absorption and a light, breathable feeling. It’s a great inclusion in your oily skin care routine to moisturize and prime your skin before makeup, and control shine for up to eight hours.

Step 4. Protect daily

Do wear SPF to protect your skin from sun damage and prevent dry skin that can trigger more oil production.

Now, here are some oily skin care dos and don’ts to remember:

Choose your products wisely

Do use water-based, non-comedogenic skin care and makeup products that don’t clog pores.

Keep a balanced skin care routine

Don’t use products with harsh chemicals and alcohols that may dry or overstimulate the skin. Avoid overwashing your face as this may cause a skin imbalance.

Drink a lot

Do hydrate by drinking enough fluids daily to avoid the need to secrete too much sebum.

Keep your hands off

Don’t pick, pop, or squeeze pimples—and generally avoid touching your skin too much throughout the day.

Eat healthy

Do have a diet with anti-inflammatory Omega 3-rich foods like fish and nuts, as well as lots of fruits and vegetables with antioxidants that benefit the skin.

Say goodbye to oily (sometimes greasy-looking) skin, and a complicated step-by-step skincare routine. Get skin that’s smooth, matte, and shine-free with Olay!