The Best Skin-Care Routine for Oily Skin
If you find yourself reaching for oil-blotting papers multiple times throughout the day, you might want to take a look at your skin-care routine. Finding the best products for oily skin — that is, products that actually help keep oil production and shine under control — can be difficult. Products that are too heavy will only make the skin look greasier, while products that are too lightweight may not be hydrating enough. Although oily skin can be difficult to care for, the right skin-care routine can be life-changing. Ahead, find step-by-step instructions for a morning and evening skin-care routine, designed specifically for people with oily skin types.
Morning Skin-Care Routine for Oily Skin
For oily skin in particular, a morning skin-care routine is a great way to remove any oils that may have piled up on the skin’s surface while you were sleeping. Just a few extra steps — with a little help from mattifying products — can help combat a greasy complexion.
STEP #1: Cleanse Your Skin
Wash your face every morning to remove any impurities or excess oil that built up over night. The longer dirt and bacteria lingers on your skin, the greater the chance a breakout can occur. Steer clear of harsh soaps, though, and reach for a gentle face wash that won’t strip your skin of too much oil. We like SkinCeuticals Foaming Cleanser because it is formulated with gentle foaming agents that lift debris off skin’s surface. If you want to opt for an acne-targeted cleanser, try the CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser with benzoyl peroxide.
STEP #2: Tone Your Skin
Toning your skin is a great way to help ensure that every last trace of debris is washed away after cleansing. Some toners can even help normalize your skin’s pH level, as well as smooth skin’s texture. Reach for a formula that’s non-drying and recommended for oily skin, like the INNBeauty Project Down to Tone Toner. This formula has a special “even-out” complex that works to get rid of redness and soothe problematic skin. Soak a cotton pad with the liquid and gently sweep it around your face, avoiding the eye area.
STEP #3: Apply a Serum
Applying an oil-based serum on top of your oily complexion can actually help cut some of the excess sebum on your skin’s surface to reveal a balanced, radiant-looking complexion. We like the Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate as it’s a calmative, non-comedogenic facial oil formulated for problem skin.
STEP #4: Use an Oil-Free Moisturizer
Oily skin still needs additional hydration in the form of a daily moisturizer. In fact, depriving your oily skin of moisture can actually lead to even more oil being produced to compensate for the loss. A good pick for your oily complexion is a non-comedogenic, oil-free moisturizer that absorbs quickly, dries matte and feels light on the skin. Give La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat a try if you’re looking to refine the look of pores and reduce excess shine under your makeup.
STEP #5: Apply Eye CreamThe delicate skin around the eyes is much thinner than that on the rest of your face, making it more susceptible to damage. To give your eye area a little extra TLC, use an eye cream or brightening stick. The Tula Glow & Get It Cooling and Brightening Eye Balm does the trick.
STEP #6: Apply Broad-Spectrum SPF
Apply sunscreen to your complexion every day as a final step of your routine before applying makeup or heading outdoors. This will help protect your skin from harmful UV rays that can prematurely age your skin. Reach for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that boasts an ultra-light, matte finish like the Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ as it’s non-comedogenic and won’t clog pores.
Evening Skin-Care Routine for Oily Skin
So, you’ve gotten through your day and now you’re getting ready to unwind and head to bed. Before you rest, it’s essential to follow a nightly skin-care routine to ensure you don’t wake up with breakouts.
STEP #1: Cleanse Your Skin
Following the same order as you do for your morning routine, start by cleansing your face. You can use the same cleanser or reach for a new one. For a deep cleanse, reach for a gel formula like the Summer Fridays Super Amino Gel Cleanser. It contains 11 amino acids and seawater which helps to balance the pH of your skin, plus it will rid it of any excess makeup, dirt and oil after a long day. You can also use this in tandem with the Clarisonic Acne Cleansing Brush Head.
STEP #2: Tone Your Skin
Toning your skin after you cleanse is essential at night, too. Try the Lancôme Tonique Pure Focus to minimize sebum production while reducing the appearance of pores. It’s formulated with zinc gluconate, an ingredient that works wonders on oily skin types.
STEP #3: Use a Clay-Based Mask
Incorporating a clay mask into your routine a couple of times a week can help deep clean your pores. Look for formulas with kaolin or bentonite clays as they can help to absorb excess oil and mattify the appearance of the skin. L'Oréal Paris Purify & Mattify Treatment Mask helps keep shine at bay while also treating blemishes that have yet to pop up.
STEP #4: Apply Retinol
Retinol is a great ingredient to incorporate into your evening skin-care routine as it can help fight signs of skin aging. Because retinol is extremely powerful, it’s important to start off slow and use a low dosage, like SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0. until you build up your tolerance. Once you’ve used it for a little while, you can switch to something more potent like the La Roche-Posay B3 Pure Retinol Serum or the CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum.
STEP #5: Hydrate Your Skin
Instead of moisturizing your skin with the same day cream from your morning routine, reach for a night cream that’s formulated to target additional skin concerns. Most night creams are formulated with higher concentrations of anti-aging ingredients like retinol, glycolic acid, LHA and hyaluronic acid to address dark spots, wrinkles and loss of firmness. SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Oily is formulated with a gentle hydroxy acid blend to hydrate and exfoliate dead skin cells to reveal a more radiant-looking complexion.
STEP #6: Apply Eye Cream
As the final step to your nighttime routine, hydrate your delicate eye area with a nourishing eye cream. We like the La Roche-Posay Redermic R Retinol Eye Cream to address under-eye circles, fine lines and other signs of fatigue while you sleep.