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 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 routines, 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.
Morning Skin-Care Routine 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.
Morning Skin-Care Routine Step #2: Tone Your Skin
Toning your skin is a great way to help ensure that every last trace of debris buildup 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 La Roche-Posay Effaclar Toner. Soak a cotton pad with the liquid and gently sweep it around your face, avoiding the eye area.
Morning Skin-Care Routine Step #3: Apply a Serum
Applying an oil-based serum on top of your excessively oily complexion can help cut some of the excess sebum on your skin’s surface to reveal a balanced, radiant-looking complexion. We like using Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate as it’s a calmative, non-comedogenic facial oil formulated for problem skin.
Morning Skin-Care Routine 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.
Morning Skin-Care Routine Step #5: Add More Moisture
If your skin isn’t adequately hydrated, it could trick your sebaceous glands into producing even more surface oil. Treat this loss of moisture by incorporating additional hydrating skin-care products into your routine as needed. We like using L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm to lock in moisture and leave skin feeling plump and nourished.
Morning Skin-Care Routine Step #6: Apply Eye Cream
The 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. SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50 protects and enhances your entire eye area with a brightening effect.
Morning Skin-Care Routine Step #7: Apply Broad-Spectrum SPF
Apply sunscreen to your complexion every day as a final step of your routine before 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 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.
Evening Skin-Care Routine Step #1: Cleanse Your Skin
Following the same order as you do for your morning routine, start by cleansing your face. You can opt to use the same cleanser or reach for a new one. However, if you’re a heavy makeup-wearer, we recommend starting with a micellar water that will lift makeup, dirt, pollution and grime off the surface. Vichy Pureté Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Solution works as a cleansing water, soothing toner and eye makeup remover, all in one.
Evening Skin-Care Routine Step #2: Tone Your Skin
Toning your skin after you cleanse is essential at night, too. Try 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.
Evening Skin-Care Routine 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 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.
Evening Skin-Care Routine 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. Becausee retinol is extremely powerful, it’s important to start off slow and use a low dosage, like SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5, until you build up your tolerance. If your night cream is formulated with retinol or any AHAs, think twice before applying additional retinol onto your skin. Also know that retinol can increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, making it even more important to wear SPF during the day.
Evening Skin-Care Routine 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.
Evening Skin-Care Routine Step #6: Apply Eye Cream
As the final step to your nighttime routine, hydrate your delicate eye area with a nourishing eye cream. However, instead of applying your daytime SPF eye cream, reach for a nighttime formula. La Roche-Posay Redermic R Retinol Eye Cream addresses under-eye circles, fine lines and other signs of fatigue while you sleep.