My skin is oily / combo and I complain about it quite a lot, so I often get asked for my best tips for controlling the inevitable flood of oil. I also sweat easily which apparently means I’m fit, but this adds to the oil and I end up a bigger mess. I’ve spent a long time trying to get the right balance of products and routines to combat the oil – here are my best skincare and make-up tips!Check out the video here – keep scrolling for the text version.
Is Your Skin Actually Oily?
Oily skin is genetic, but you can accidentally give yourself oily or oilier skin with the wrong routine. You can also have dehydrated but oily skin. Before you start doing everything to deal with oil, make sure you’re not in either situation.
(If you want details on doing a full skin assessment, you might be interested in The Lab Muffin Guide to Basic Skincare.)
Wash Your Skin Gently
Overcleansing can make oily skin worse via dehydration and irritation. There are a lot of things that go into gentle cleansing, but the two most important factors are avoiding sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and true soaps, and minimising your skin’s exposure to cleanser in general.
Read more about cleansing: All About Cleansing & How to Choose a Gentle Cleanser
Cleanser recommendations (not an exhaustive list):
- Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox Foaming Cleanser: I hate the word “detox” but this self-foaming cleanser is my go-to
- Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil: Expensive but really good
- Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser: Gentle cleanser that leaves skin hydrated
- KraveBeauty Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser: Gentle gel cleanser
Don’t Be Scared of Moisturiser
Oily skin can need moisturiser if it’s dehydration prone (like mine). Natural sebum doesn’t moisturise your skin that well unfortunately! For dehydrated skin, humectants and occlusives are the way to go, but if your skin is oily keep the occlusives to nighttime use.