The Best Skin-Care Routine for Oily Skin
If you have oily skin and find yourself reaching for blotting papers multiple times throughout the day, you might want to reevaulate your skin-care routine. Products that are too heavy can make the skin look greasy, 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, we’re helping you curate the perfect routine by sharing every product we recommend using morning and night if you have oily skin.
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 Good Skin Days A New Leaf Cream Cleanser because it hydrates and soothes as it removes impurities. 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 removed as it will pick up anything your cleanser left behind. Toners can also 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 Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free-Toner.
STEP 3: Apply a Serum
Serums are designed to help target specific skin concerns. Look for one that helps curb oil and minimizes the appearance of pores like the Garnier Green Labs Canna-B Pore Perfecting Serum Cream.
STEP 4: Use an Oil-Free Moisturizer
Oily skin still needs hydration. 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 hoping to refine the look of pores and reduce excess shine under your makeup.
STEP 5: 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 a lightweight eye cream like the SkinCeuticalsAOX+ Eye Gel.
STEP 6: Apply Broad-Spectrum SPF
Apply sunscreen every day as the final step of your routine before putting on 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 with an ultra-light, matte finish like the Lancôme UV Expert Aquagel Sunscreen.
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
You can use the same cleanser as you did in the morning or reach for a new one. The CeraVe Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser is great for nighttime use because it helps remove makeup and SPF, in addition to dirt and excess oil.
STEP 2: Tone Your Skin
Toning your skin after you cleanse is essential at night, too. Try the Rosen Skincare Gold Tides Toner that helps absorb excess oil and prevent acne.
STEP 3: Use a Clay-Based Mask
Incorporating a clay mask into your routine one or two 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. The 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 and treat acne. Because retinol is extremely powerful, it’s important to start off slow and use a low dosage, like the SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3. until you build up your tolerance. Another gentle option is the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Night Serum with Pure Retinol.
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 be more nourishing and has additional anti-aging or brightening benefits. The IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Beauty Sleep Night Cream helps hydrate, smooth and improve signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles and has a fast-absorbing formula.
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 Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Dark Circle Reducing Vitamin C Eye Serum because it also helps treat and prevent dark circles.
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