Top 5 Tips for Caring for Oily, Mature Skin

Oily and Pimply to Smooth and Sexy

Oily skin is a pain in the bum to deal with and comes with all sorts of embarrassing side effects.

You have to worry about everything from a shiny nose to acne. Battling the oil slick on your face can be frustrating!

Fortunately, there are some simple, inexpensive steps that you can take to combat an oily complexion, but be careful – that oil may just be keeping you looking young! That’s right – people with oily complexions tend to have fewer wrinkles than those with dry skin.

By the end of this article, you’re going to be armed with some techniques and products that will take your skin from shiny to matte in no time, without drying it out or causing wrinkles.

  1. Use a Good Cleanser and Toner

    The most proactive step that you can take to manage your oily skin is to use a good cleanser morning and night. Don’t make the mistake of using products that are harsh though – you may think that drying your skin out is a good thing but in reality, you’ll either dry it out too much or cause an increase in oil production. That’s right – drying agents actually make your skin oilier!

    Instead, choose a good gentle cleanser that doesn’t have any oils in it. That way, you’re not just adding more oil to the problem! Here’s a good one: Neutrogena Oil Free Deep Clean Cream Cleanser.

    If that doesn’t control your oil to the extent that you’d like it to, you can always try a more acidic cleanser with glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide,alpha or beta hydroxyl acid or salicylic acid. Though typically advertised as an acne preventer, these acids control acne by controlling the oil in the skin, so are also good for your situation.

    Finally, use your fingers to gently wash your face. A washcloth or puff can stimulate oil secretion too. If you find that your skin is still a bit oilier than you’d like, follow up with a toner that contains one or more of the acidic ingredients listed above. Just be careful that you don’t dry your skin out or irritate it.

  2. Exercise!

    You may be thinking that I’m out of my mind to suggest this because your skin gets oily and sweaty but there is a definite link between stress and oil production in the skin. What’s one of the best ways to reduce stress? Exercise. Just remember that if you’re exercising outside, wear sunscreen. That takes us to our next tip.

  3. Use an Oil-Free Sunscreen

  4. People with oily skin may perhaps be at even higher risk for sunburn that people with combination or dry skin and have even fewer options when it comes to a good sunscreen because many are oil-based and just don’t absorb properly for you. Make sure that any sunscreen that you use isn’t oil-based. Also, put your sunscreen on in the morning right after you wash your face and use your toner so that it absorbs while your skin is clean and your pores are clear.

  5. Use a Good Moisturizer

    You may think that you don’t need a moisturizer if you have oily skin but that’s not the case. Oily skin needs love too, including all of those awesome nutrients such as antioxidants that are found in moisturizers.

    There are some pretty solid links between Vitamin C and acne reduction, so that’s something to keep in mind. Just use one without oil added, and use it right after you get out of the shower while your pores are open so that your skin absorbs the nutrients.

  6. Eat a Healthy Diet

    Your skin reflects what you eat. For example, even a slight Vitamin B2 deficiency can cause oily skin, and high fat diets have also been known to exacerbate your condition. Eat a well-rounded diet with lots of fruits, veggies and lean proteins in order to keep your skin, and the rest of you, healthy and well.

  7. Remember, you don’t want to dry your skin out and cause wrinkles; you just want to get your oil production to a manageable level that isn’t embarrassing or harmful. Monitor your skin closely because it can change, even on a daily basis. Make sure that you’re using good products that are free of oil, eat a good diet, and exercise often. Good luck!

    If you have oily skin and have found methods or products that work really well for you, let us know about it in the comments section below!

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