Summer Skincare Tips For Oily Or Acne- Prone Skin
Every oily skin type suffers from acne. This is because the excess sebum (oil) production from the sebaceous gland tends to combine with the dead skin cells or with the dirt & pollutants present on the surface of the skin and clogs pores. Clogged pores then cause acne as the skin doesn’t get to breathe and let out toxins
People with oily or acne-prone skin face endless difficulties in finding what suits their skin. It is recommended to avoid oil-based products and opt for gels as well as hydra based products that are either natural in structure or have water capacity to soothe skin. Heavy creams and some of the face oils are heavy in formulations that can clog pores leading in more acne.
Choosing a product is not just about reading the box. There are multiple products available claiming to be acne-prone skin friendly. However, it is important to only choose the ones that define your skin-type best only after understanding your skin-type. The recommendation is to not experiment with different compositions as oily and acne-prone skins are sensitive in nature. Reading ingredients and understanding what goes inside your box is hence a very crucial part of your skin-care routine
The best unisex way to treat the skin is to follow a simple cleansing and hydrating routine. Here are a few steps that can be followed through-out the day and while closing the day at night to have a maintained healthy skin.
Cleaning Twice: Start your day with a mild and gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip away your natural oils but will clean your face well. A good natural cleanser with anti-acne ingredients like neem, Vit-c, charcoal, lemon, works best. The dismissal of chemicals will help your skin feel and look better over time. Do not forget to clean your face before going to bed to remove all the dirt, germs, bacteria, pollutants and oil so your skin can be free of all toxins overnight.
Tone: People often skip a toner when it comes to skincare but this magic product can take your skincare game to the next level. A toner will help maintain the pH balance in the skin, keep it firm and reduce signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines, making you look younger. A natural toner with a no-alcohol will be your best friend in controlling excess oil and calming your skin. Rose Water, Rice Water, or Any other Natural Skin Toner is the best suggestion. If not in the morning, make sure you use a toner at night, it’ll help heal and repair your skin while you sleep.
Moisturize: Never forget to moisturize! Under any circumstance, for all skin types, moisturizing your face is the most important thing because your skin needs hydration, nourishment & moisture. Generally people with oily or acne-prone skin let this step go thinking they don’t need a moisturizer but leaving your skin dry and unprotected right after washing and toning will lead to oil, dirt, germs and bacteria entering clean pores and causing more acne breakouts. Use gels or water-based serums and moisturizers to keep your skin light and non-sticky. Pro Tip: Keep the gel in the refrigerator.
Sun Block: In or out, your skin needs protection. An SPF doesn’t just protect you from the sun, it also makes sure your skin is protected from DNA damage, signs of ageing, pigmentation and skin damage. Use a thin layer of SPF after your moisturizer to enhance the quality of your skin even during the night.
Remove make-up when NOT required: Removing makeup in the evening or anytime when not required allows your skin to breathe openly. Also, the sooner you remove chemicals from your skin, the lesser damage they cause.
Acne-Treatment: Using additional oils and gels for acne can help solve the concern from within. Essential oils like tea tree or gels of neem, aloe-vera, basil, vitamin - C, etc, help reduce acne by killing acne causing bacteria or germs and also reduce inflammation and active acne, leaving your skin clear and acne-free.
Closing The Day With A Final-Face Wash & Gel: Night routines are recommended for a reason, and that is to boost skin collagen that has been compromised through-out your day while dealing with sun, pollution or make-up. The best way to close your day is to offer some love to your skin by deep-cleansing your face with a light, natural based face wash to not mess up with your pH balance while applying gels that are acne-prone skin-friendly. Another tip, would be to apply a heavy layer of the gel under your eyes to boost the collagen and prevent your skin from premature aging.
Pro tip: While your skin requires extra care and cleansing, it is essential to make sure to not over-exfoliate it. However, exfoliating and applying a face mask once a week allows the skin to rejuvenate and is the healthiest way to remove any layer of dirt on the skin. Exfoliating your skin once or twice a week will remove the dead skin cells and blackheads or whiteheads and will also leave your pores clean and your skin smooth