Monday, 23 March 2015

Balancing Oily Skin

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When you have oily skin it's easy to fall into the trap of using harsh, drying products on it, trust me, I know! It makes sense that if something is oily, you want to dry it up, right? That's what I thought for a significant amount of time in my teens. But, oily skin shouldn't be stripped from oils as this can cause it to become dry and as a result become more oily as it overproduces oil as a response. Us girls (and guys) with oily skin should strive to balance, rather than to strip it, as that will maintain a good oil level in a way that is natural and nourishing for your skin. 

It's a common misconception that oily skin does not need any more moisture, but having oily skin is not a reason to scrimp on your moisturiser at all. Be sure to moisturise every morning and night to keep your skin hydrated and to be sure it doesn't over compensate for a lack of hydration. If you're worried about your moisturiser making your oily complexion look worse, get yourself a lightweight one that will still nourish your skin but without the heavy duty application. One of my favourites is Pai's Geranium and Thistle Re-balancing Day Cream which is a gorgeously soothing, lightweight and of course balancing moisturiser. It is a bit on the pricey side at £32, so if you're looking for a lightweight moisturiser on a budget, I recommend Simple's Oil Balancing Moisturiser

I know it can feel unnatural to be putting more moisture on an already oily face, and even more unnatural to be putting oil on an already oily face, but trust me, it works. They'll be two types of people reading this; the people who have never experimented with natural oils in skincare who will think that's probably the stupidest thing they've ever read. Then there'll be the people who have used oils on their skin and know exactly what I mean when I say if you have oily skin, natural oils are not your enemy. Essential oils have a huge variety of benefits for your skin, whether it's dehydrated, oily or acne prone. Orange, Jojoba, Geranium and Cypress oil are just a few essential oils that can help balance the pH of your skin and manage sebum levels, therefore reducing your skin's oil production. If, like me, you're still a bit wary of using pure essential oil on your skin, you can get skincare products that are infused with the oils you need to balance your oily skin. My go-to moisturiser at the moment is MyChelle's Pumpkin Renew Cream (read my full review here), which is jam packed full of fantastic natural oils such as orange, lavender and pumpkin seed oil which help balance oily skin and keep breakouts at bay whilst also hydrating it.

I've recently ventured into adding acid toners to my skincare routine and have noticed a huge difference in the oiliness of my skin since. There are two types of toners that you can use; exfoliating (otherwise known as acid) toners and hydrating toners. I know a lot of people tend to use both but I personally just use an acid toner before moisturising. Acid toners are used to exfoliate and balance your skin which in turn prevents an oily complexion over time. I know what you're thinking, acid on your face sounds terrifying, but the products use a small percentage of acids such as salicylic or glycolic which act as exfoliants. I've introduced my skin into acid toning with REN's Clarimatte Clarifying Toner which I've been using for just over a week now and my skin feels soft and healthy and looks so much less oily for it. I will definitely be writing a full review of it very soon, so I won't give away too much at the minute but I recommend struggling to find a product to balance their oily skin to definitely do your research on acid toners as they may be the missing piece of the puzzle for you. 

I'd love to know what products you turn to for balancing oily skin?



  1. I found the two things that were really game changers was the Clarins Lotus Oil and Vichy Hydra thermal serum (the hydrating one), my skin has gone from combination-oily to mostly normal now!

  2. I have the most oiliest skin EVER and would seriously recommend all the Ren products - loved this post!

    Hayley x

  3. I adore REN products - I think they're the best! I don't have oily skin - I'm more combination, but they're products are still amazing!

    Lauren xx
    The Lifestyle Diaries

  4. I used to never moisturise my skin as I was terrified but it is true that it overcompensates by making more when you keep drying it out- I haven't used simple in ages and I am poor so I will have to give it a go and have never tried any of ren before will have to get my spend on xxx

  5. My skin is the total opposite if I am honest, but it so interesting to read it from the other side!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  6. I have THEE oiliest skin in the world. My make up literally slides off my face within an hour- especially my eyeshadow and I hate it.

    That being said, I'm actually dehydrated so I don't skimp out on moisturizers at all. I think a lot of people don't understand the difference between hydration and moisture and thats where they go wrong! You can have oily skin and be dehydrated! ANYWAY haha

    Products I use are: Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Vichy Hydrating Serum (can't remember the name), and Aveda Botanical Kinetics Light Creme, as well as an oil free cleanser and apple cider vinegar as my toner =)

    Sophie |

  7. Great post! I'm always trying to help people understand that even oily skin needs moisture!
    Hit the nail right on the head!




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