While there are notorious upsides to having oily skin (how many times has someone told you you will never get wrinkles?), when your skin tends to be greasy, it can seem like all beauty products are working against you. Everything seems to have oil in it, be too heavy, or inadvertently increase your oil production. But the truth is many products you would never expect to help you—for example, an oil-based cleansing balm—are ideal for managing oily skin types. There are a few other surprises, too. Below 8 tips for treating oily skin that you probably never would have guessed.
1. Start with an Oil Cleanser
If you hate the feel of oil on your skin, ease yourself into the idea with a cleanser form so you can rinse it off straight after. ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is a solid balm oil that turns into a milk on contact with water. Oil dissolves oil, so this cleanser not only reduces visible clogs, but pores become more receptive to whatever you put on top.
2. Use Twice Daily Toner to Balance
Cleansing softens skin to encourage it to open pores and release what’s inside, but afterward you need to use a toner like ELEMIS Balancing Lavender Toner to refine pores and temper oil production. Formulated without alcohol, this formula won’t overdry skin or upset the pH balance so that sebum glands stay calm and under control.
3. Try a Facial Oil—It Can Actually Help
Lightweight oils like ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Oil have much smaller particles that disappear into skin in seconds. Packed with omegas and fatty acids found in seaweeds, it decongests sebum packed pores and tops up the moisture levels in skin cells so that the skin can function on all cylinders. The best bit? You won’t feel any residue.
4. Don’t Avoid Moisturizer
Out of fear that a moisturizer will make oily skin even worse, many forgo it completely. But just because skin has excess oil, doesn’t mean it’s hydrated. In fact, in many scenarios it’s quite the opposite. Adding moisture to skin means it no longer has to pump out its own oil from sebum glands as it has all the hydration it needs from your moisturizer. The result? Less oil, not more.
5. Prevent Oil with SPF
Another beauty myth is that sun exposure helps dry out oily skin and, in turn, improve your complexion. In fact, sun damage actually weakens skin cells and sends sebum production into overdrive. Choose a thin, matte sunscreen that you feel confident wearing daily and under foundation.
6. Use Cooler Water
Try to wash your face with warm water. Too hot and it’ll strip your skin of natural oils, causing your skin to pump out more sebum to compensate.
7. Take Up Multi-Masking
Often skin isn’t oily all over but concentrated in certain parts of your face, like your T-zone. Create your own personalized skin care regime by applying the ELEMIS Herbal Lavender Repair Mask just to oily areas and use different masks for other parts depending on your skin’s needs, such as ELEMIS Exotic Cream Moisturizing Mask on dry patches. (And don’t forget to take a selfie!)
8. Pick Up a Peel
Oil pushes dead skin cells to the surface (the oilier you are the more you’ll have) which means if skin is not exfoliated, the buildup will get trapped under topical creams and cause clogged pores. Gentle skin peels like ELEMIS Papaya Enzyme Peel carefully nibbles away at dead skin cells without upsetting the balance of oil glands.