With warm spring weather on the horizon and with it the tendency to make our skin oily AF. I thought we could all use with some oily skin saving tips – stat. I also thought this would be highly beneficial for preggo ladies who don’t tend to have oily skin, but alas are blessed with it when growing a human. (Because #blessed.)
Seriously, last time I was pregnant my skin reverted to my teenage self and it was not fun. And even though I’m currently not breaking out with my second pregnancy my skin is again, erring on the oilier side of things. THE JOY.
ANYWAY, moving on. I got to sit down with David Whyte the Asia Pacific Global Educator for Murad Skincare recently to talk about oily skin which was everything my oily preggo face could have ever wanted and more.
SO if you have oily skin, kinda oily skin or even a teeny slick of oil you want to get rid of then sit back, chill and check out my oil banishing chat with Murad Skincare below.
The ingredients to look for in your skincare when you have oily skin
“Our skin can be oily for a number of reasons: environment, dehydration, poor product usage, using the wrong products or simply genetics. At the end of the day an oily skin can be very dehydrated and sensitive. If the skin is lacking water it will over compensate by producing more oil to protect itself. The skin can be sensitive because the body has again gone into defence mode and triggered an inflammatory response.”
Hydration: your products should have powerful hydrators to help balance out the skin.
Salicylic Acid: to help prevent a build up of dead skin cells in the pore, which leads to congestion and breakouts.
Salicylic acid will also help maintain a healthy cell turnover and minimise a build-up of dead skin cells and excess oil on the surface of the skin.
Tea Tree oil: to help purify the skins surface.
Sulfur: it encourages the skin to clear.
A vitamin blend: to help protect the skin from free radicals and help with the healing of inflamed and acne-stressed skin.
UVA and UVB protection: always needed in a day time moisturiser.
Oily skin and retinols, “YES they do mix”
“Everybody should be using products with Vitamin A in them. There are a number of different types of retinoid’s at different strengths but at the end of the day retinols help increase the epidermal thickness, maintain a healthy cell turnover, and help promote epidermal cell growth.”
Oil is your friend not the enemy!
“We need a balance of oil and water on the surface of the skin, this is the body’s first line of defence. Only oil can cut through oil, remember oil and water do not mix. Yes we need to regulate the over production (or under production) of oil but stripp ing the oil from the skin and denying it tips the scales and creates an imbalance. The best way of balancing and oily skin is cellular hydration. Dr Howard Murad has achieved this by producing Replenicell, a complex of ingredients that are in every Murad product to ensure every cell is hydrated and the cell membrane is strengthened.”
“Our Oil-Control Mattifier with SPF 15 – $70.00 is one of our best selling moisturisers in Australia as it gives you all the ingredients you need without it being oil free. It is however, paraben-free, non-comedogenic and has an ‘oil control complex’ to keep you looking and feeling fresh all day.”
The oils that work best for people with oily skin
Pomegranate seed oil: it’s a skin conditioner and a great antioxidant.
Tea tree oil: it’s a great antibacterial and has healing properties.
Orange fruit extract (oil): is a great anti-inflammatory, is astringent plus is also refreshing on the skin.
Lavender oil: for its restorative and calming benefits.
Highly comedogenic oils and butters to avoid
Hemp Seed Oil
Wheat Germ Oil
Flax Seed Oil
“Basically, any oil that is too thick and will clog the skin. You also have to be careful with certain essential oils as they can an irritant. Some can include:
Lemon Balm (Balm Mint)
Tolu Balsam (Peru Balsam)
“Also untreated coconut oil. Coconut oil is an amazing oil that has many benefits for the skin but if you apply the pure oil on the skin it will create congestion and breakout. MCT oil is treated coconut oil that still has the same benefits without the congestion.”
“Excess oil on the surface of the skin acts like a glue that traps dead skin cells. As a result oily skins should be exfoliating twice a week with a gentle exfoliant. Our AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser – $62.00 is perfect as it contains three different types of exfoliates to gently but effectively remove dead skin cells, clean out the pores to minimise congestion and deeply cleanse the skin.”
That awkward moment when…you’re exfoliating too much
“I would suggest that exfoliating every day is too much, however you much listen to your skin. It will tell you how much is too much. If you start to get irritation around the nose area and the cheeks, back off!”
Go-to face blotting and oil controlling products
Matteffect Blotting Perfector – $45.00
“This product instantly mattifies, cools and refresh with this weightless, liquid to powder formula in an on the go cushion compact. With soft-focus mattifying spheres to absorb oil and minimise the appearance of pores and imperfections and marshmallow powder to provide touchable softness you can say good bye to your blotting papers!”
InstaMatte Oil-Control Mask – $68.00
“This is a deep cleansing, three minute mask that helps dissolve excess oil and impurities, and provides a long lasting matte finish. It can also be used as a cleanser for daily oil control.”
Tell me babez, do you have any oily skin saving tips? Please share!