A Simple Skin-Care Routine for Oily Skin
While it may feel like achieving a non-greasy complexion needs to be backed up by a lengthy routine and mega arsenal of products, that’s (thankfully) not the case. Skin-care routines for oily skin can be low maintenance, too. In fact, you can cut yours down to five or fewer steps, morning and night. Ready to keep excess shine at bay without too much effort? Follow our simple skin-care routine for oily skin types, ahead.
Use a Cleanser Formulated for Oily Skin
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Cleansing is one of the most important steps you can take to help remove dirt, grime and excess oil off your skin’s surface. Start your morning off by cleansing your skin with a gentle face wash that won’t strip your skin, like the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin. Scan the label for words like “oil-free” and “non-comedogenic” to help ensure the formula won’t clog your pores.
Tone Your Skin
Next up: tone. Even powerful cleansers can use a back-up plan. Using a toner immediately after cleansing your skin can help ensure all impurities are effectively swept away. But that’s not the only benefit. Most toners, like the Kiehl’s Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion can also help balance your skin’s pH level, mattify the skin, reduce the appearance of blemishes and even hydrate the skin post-lather.
Use an Oil-Free Moisturizer
Just because your oily skin looks shiny doesn’t mean it should go without an application of moisturizer. In fact, refraining from coating your oily skin in a layer of moisturizer post-cleanse can actually cause your skin to produce more oil to make up for what is perceived to be a loss of moisture. One of the best ways to keep excess shine in check, while still giving your skin the moisture it needs daily, is to massage an oil-free moisturizer into your skin. One of our favorites for this is the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, which is lightweight and intended to minimize the look of pores. Searching high and low for a moisturizer that offers a matte finish? Read up on the best moisturizers for oily complexions, here.
Apply a Broad-Spectrum SPF
This goes for all skin types across the board — always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 15 prior to heading outdoors. By now you should know that any exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can wreak havoc on your skin in the form of wrinkles, fine lines, sunburn, dark spots and even some cancers. Make a habit of applying broad-spectrum sunscreen like the SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 to all areas of exposed skin and reapplying at least every two hours when you’re in the sun. To further ensure you’re hitting all the right areas, read up on the common places people typically forget to apply SPF.
Remove Makeup With Micellar Water
Because your skin does a large chunk of its regeneration during deep sleep, it’s essential to go to bed with a clean canvas. That means removing all traces of makeup and dirt before laying your head down. Hit all those hard-to-reach areas by gliding a cotton pad soaked with a micellar solution for oily skin types across your facial contour. It’s a hassle-free approach to removing stubborn makeup, and you don’t even have to turn on the tap to get the job done. Simply store Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water in Water Rose and cotton rounds on your nightstand and you can remove your makeup from the comfort of your bed. On a budget? We’ve laid out the best micellar waters you can get at your local drugstore.
Cleanse and Tone Your Skin
Micellar water is great for removing stubborn makeup, but many like to follow the double-cleansing method and lather up with a traditional cleanser as well. Using the same face wash and technique from your morning routine, cleanse your skin. Next, use that same oil-free toner you used in the morning to balance your skin’s pH level and ensure all impurities are removed.
Rumor has it that oily skin types age slower than others. We wouldn’t take that as an excuse to skip an anti-aging routine, though. To help reduce visible signs of aging, incorporate a retinol into your routine. The ingredient is a fan-favorite for helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and discoloration. If you’re new to retinol, here are a few of our favorite retinol creams to get you started.
Editor’s note: Retinol is powerful, so start with a lower concentration to slowly build up your tolerance, especially if it’s your first time using it or if you haven’t used it in a while. Retinol can also cause skin sensitivity to sunlight, so be sure to apply broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher during daytime hours, and reserve your retinol use for the evening.
Finish With a Night Cream
Night cream is a great way to lock in the moisture, as well as address additional skin concerns such as dark spots and wrinkles. Whether you’re looking to splurge or are on a tight budget, try these classic night creams that can help your skin look and feel its best while you snooze.
Editor’s note: Keep in mind most night creams are formulated with anti-aging ingredients such as retinol, so make sure not to accidentally double up on your doses by applying additional retinol from the last step.