Secrets for Balanced and Shine-Free Skin For Oily Skin Types

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Oily skin can be a right pain to deal with. As if it’s not bad enough that you break out more easily than most and have to deal with getting icky grease all over your hand if you touch your face when you haven’t taken proper care of it, you also have to contend with the fact that properly caring for oily skin can be quite a balancing act, and that a lot of the advice is counterintuitive and might not make sense. Luckily, today we’re taking a look at handy methods for balancing oily skin, so don’t despair!

Never Over-Dry
It’s really easy to think “I’ve got oily skin, let me get rid of all this extra oil that’s mucking everything up. Makes intuitive sense, right? Unfortunately, intuition is your enemy here. While it’s true you do want to get rid of some excess oil, a rookie mistake many oily-skinned people make is to overcompensate for their abundance of natural oils and wash it all away. This is bad news for two reasons. For one, dry skin isn’t exactly ideal in and of itself’; it gets irritated, reddened, and damaged much more easily. Secondly; when you over-dry naturally oily skin, your skin has a habit of detecting when it’s too dry, and your pores will spew out oil even more than usual to compensate. As a result, over-drying can actually make your skin more oily than it was to begin with.

So don’t throw out your cleanser, but do select one specially balanced for oily skin that will balance rather than dry (and if you don’t have a cleanser at all, go buy one. Now.)

Go for Chemical Exfoliants Over Physical
This is a good tip for all skin types, but it applies doubly if your skin is oily. While grainy, physical exfoliants aren’t the worst thing in the world you could do to your skin, there are better alternatives. Physical exfoliants can rip and tear at your skin, break capillaries, and even spread bacteria from one enlarged pore to another—which is an even greater risk if your skin is naturally oily.

Instead, go for a gentle chemical exfoliant, like something with glycolic acid, for instance. This will allow you to simply rub in, wait, rinse off, no grainy scraping and scratching necessary. Chemical exfoliants are also more effective at removing your dead skin cells uniformly, while physical exfoliants can have a patchy effect where some bits of skin are exfoliated and others aren’t.

You Still Have to Moisturize Like Everyone Else
On the topic of balancing, not drying, do note that even relatively gentle cleansers and exfoliants can still strip away just a tiny bit more oil than would be ideal. This is why moisturizers exist—to replenish the natural oils that your skin either doesn’t have, or that you’ve stripped away in the process of cleaning your skin. Moisturizers also often contain compounds designed to protect skin from the elements—like sun, wind, pollution, dust, etc—which could cause nasty blockages and/or damage if allowed to affect your skin directly.

So, bottom line here? You oily skinned folk aren’t actually that different from the rest of us in terms of how you should care for your skin, just be sure to select products carefully and adjust as necessary, but don’t overcompensate or skip out on important skincare steps.

Skincare Product Switches To Make For Spring and Summer

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The changing of the seasons means we end up needing to change more than our closet. All the little things that we do to prepare for winter need to be slowly swapped back out as we wait for the weather to stabilize. This includes adjusting our skincare routine again to back away from the extreme dryness that winter can bring. There are a simple ways that we can re-adapt our skincare routines to be ready for spring and summer. We’d like to highlight that you need to be patient and careful with this process. Changing your products can be taxing on your skin and as a result it demands staying alert to any major changes to your skin. You may need to adjust products to avoid adverse reactions. We do recommend that you stick with any new products for at least a month to ensure they both work and to avoid stressing your skin by trying new products too quickly.

Walking Back Hydration
Most of us step the level of moisturizer we’re using up one level for winter. This is due to the cold, dry air working against us keeping a healthy amount of moisture in our skin. It constantly saps at our skin and not using a heavier a moisturizer can potentially lead to complications from dry skin all winter long. You really just need to reset to what counts as your “normal” moisturizer when it isn’t fall or winter. For most of us with average skin this is going to mean swapping back to a light lotion. This will generally cover all of our needs. Those of us with dry and oily skin are in a more complicated situation. Dry skin needs to step back as well, but generally that’s going to mean swapping for oil to water-based products instead of ceasing to use creams for hydration. Those of us with oily skin will want to simply use products like toner to give really like moisturizing effects alongside other benefits. Getting your moisturizer right is important as spring and summer reintroduce oil control as the biggest skin issue.

Controlling for Oil
Oil production doesn’t necessarily increase in spring and summer, but the warmer weather does mean we have to contend with heat again. This leads to a variety of potential skincare issues that need to be addressed. The most pressing is how sweat tends to pick up oil and debris. These dripping collections of mess have a way of finding their way back into your pores and clogging things up. That’s why we need to invest in a good form of oil control for our skin type. In most cases a good cleanser is all you need. Look for a gentle one with an active ingredient like glycolic or citric acid. These two ingredients offer light oil control that can give you exactly what you need. However, any other gentle astringent will do as well. The goal is simply to make sure that our normal levels of oil production combined with sweat don’t cause our skin problems. Don’t be too enthusiastic with your oil control though as we all need our natural oils to protect our skin.

Evaluating Your Sun Protection
Spring and summer generally mean we’re all going to be outside a lot more. Those of us already focused on caring for our skin understand the need to look after our skin by always wearing sunscreen. This need doesn’t change as spring arrives, but it does mean looking into your current habits and making sure they’re adequate. Consider the products that you’re using. Most of us use a combination of genuine sunscreen and moisturizer with SPF to help protect our skin. The moisturizer is best used in the morning when we’re applying our initial skincare protection for the day. A good sunscreen makes for a way to continue to protect our skin throughout the day as the SPF wears away from each layer. Remember that moisturizer with SPF and sunscreen tend to last at most two hours in most cases. Always touch up your sun protection before going back outside or sitting around a large window. Your sun protection should ideally be at least SPF 30 and offer broad spectrum protection too. Keeping all of this in mind helps to ensure your skin will be ready to face spring and later summer.

Taking proper care of our skin in spring is the beginning of preparing to take good care of it in summer. Now is the time to start making the necessary changes while the weather is at least of an extreme to ensure your skin will be ready for the more extreme season. Fortunately, it only takes a little tweaking to make the most helpful changes. Using these as a guide should keep your focused on the changes that need to be made while avoiding the pitfall of changing your entire routine.

Tips for Keeping Your Hands From Your Face

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Practicing good skincare is as much about product choice as it is making good habits. These habits tend to vary depending on the person involved though. People with oily skin need to learn to be aware and occasionally do what they can to minimize the oil throughout the day. Those of us with dry skin, by contrast, need to figure out how many times a day is ideal for touching up our skin with a little moisturizer. These habits are broadly defined by our skin types, but there are a few universal habits that we can all cultivate. One of the most important ones is figuring out how to keep our hands away from our face. We rest our face on them, reach up and touch our face, and brush against it constantly without even thinking. It isn’t the best habit when we’re trying to do all we can to keep our skin healthy. We can transfer bacteria and grime to our skin each time we touch it. That’s why we recommend you consider trying some of the following tips to help you keep your hands away from your face.

Keep Your Hands Busy
Keeping your hands away from your face is a lot easier if you’re keeping them busy. This shouldn’t that much of an issue for those of us who have things to do each day. We can stay on task with works, read, do puzzles, or plenty of other activities that require the use of our hands. The key feature here is that the bulk of our attention is focused on using our hands for something else. Letting them lie idle is how we can end up unconsciously touching our face with them. Consider that fact when you’re about to run out of something to do. You can instead opt to cook or bake something for use later instead. Mixing a salad bowl for later that you can eat from during a meal or few is a good option. It goes hand in hand with the life goal of eating healthier. Additionally, meal prep in general is a good option if you enjoy eating more complex dinners. Your one goal is simply making sure that you keep your hands busy.

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Minimize Encouragement
There are a lot of reasons we end up accidentally touching our face. Many of them have to deal with various kind of irritations drawing our hands upward. You can help offset this problem by giving yourself the tools to interrupt or prevent some of these situations. For instance, you can get a lot out of the simple trick of leaving tissue boxes around where you typically are to ensure you have a means to avoid touching your face when your nose itches. We also recommend taking steps to keep your hair out of your face. This isn’t terribly necessary if you’re having a day of relatively little physical activity, but anytime you need to be up and exerting yourself you’ll likely want to keep your hair tamed. It will minimize the ability of your hair to brush against your face and trigger itching or a desire to move it out of your face. Think about other things that lead to you touching your face as well. You can create tactics to minimize this problem.

Stay On Task
While it is important not to obsess over breaking this kind of habit, you need to stay alert to the problem. A good tactic is to put little reminders to yourself in areas you’re likely to see them. The message doesn’t need to be complex. “Don’t Touch Your Face” is typically about as complex as the note needs to be to get the job done. Place these at a few key places where you’re likely to be idle for a while. Bathroom mirrors, computers monitors, and similar locations are all good options to consider. We recommend enlisting a partner or someone close to you to help keep your on task as well. Explain the habit you’re trying to break and they can simply speak up when they notice you doing it. When combined with leaving notes for yourself, this should help you prevent yourself from touching your face, at least for very long, in most situations whether you’re at home or out and about.

Touching one’ face isn’t the end of the world. You can minimize problems by keeping your nails properly trimmed and cared for while keeping your hands clean. Most of us would prefer to remove a habit with the potential to hurt our skin though. With that in mind, it will take time to break the habit of unconsciously touching your face, but it can be done with a little persistence.

Tips For Taking Care of Combo Skin

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Combination skin is one of the more common skin types. It is technically a mix or two or more types at once, but the general rule for most skin is that some areas are a bit more oily or dry than others on many faces. This makes proper treatment for skin something of a haphazard affair where a product good for one area might be less suited to aid another. That can cause problems. As a result, taking care of combination skin often feels like a balancing act where we’re trying to help the most parts of our skin at a time while working against any potential negative effects to the areas that aren’t benefiting. The situation is incredibly frustrating to those of us who try so hard to help our skin be as healthy as it can. Fortunately, it isn’t that difficult to work towards properly caring for combination skin. You’re just going to have to invest a little more time than you might if you had a more consistent skin type.

Wear Sunscreen
It is important to stress that some skincare tips are universally useful. Combination skin needs to be regularly protected by sunscreen just as much as every other skin type. It might even be a little more important in some cases given it means some parts of your skin might actually be highly susceptible to the sun while others are more resistant. Fortunately, combination skin doesn’t change the general rules for sunscreen. You’ll need to find one that offers broad spectrum protection that is at least SPF 30 to protect your skin. We recommend increasing the SPF rating to 50 if you’re in your 40s or above simply as a protective measure as skin begins to noticeably thin. Additionally, you’re better served by looking for sunscreens that include active ingredients like zinc oxide. This means the sunscreen is a physical blocker. These sunscreens entirely reflect UV rays rather than just absorbing them and thereby provide the most thorough protection.

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Gently Exfoliate
Given combination skin’s potentially wide spread of traits, it is best to err on the side of caution in most cases. This means favoring less potent exfoliating products to help clean and protect your skin. A chemical exfoliation product is the best in this case. We recommend sticking to ones that utilize beta-hydroxy acids such as glycolic or citric acid to help clean your skin. These are effective, but skin friendly options that don’t put excess strain on sensitive skin. You’ll most frequently find these products as easily spread gels meant to be left on for a little while to achieve their purpose. The active ingredients in these products are necessary for getting the job done as they help to dissolve and break up clumps of dead skin cells, oils, and grime that can get caught in your pores. Avoid using products with salicylic acid, if you can, as that ingredient could potentially be too harsh for the more sensitive sections of your skin and cause problems.

Moisturize Regularly
Moisturizing combination skin is an admittedly difficult proposition if you have mixed areas of dry and oily skin. The proper level of moisturizer for one will inherently cause problems for the other by being too much or too little. We have to find a way to balance these extremes when working to protect combination skin. As a general rule, a water-based gel product is going to serve combination skin the best. Gels aren’t quite creams and as a result have a lower chance of causing problems for oily patches while still being thick enough to cling and provide the moisture necessary to protect dry skin. They need to be water-based to further this goal. Oil-based gels will quickly cause problems for oily patches if you’re not careful. You should expect to apply this kind of moisturizer a few times a day for maximum effectiveness. It may take a little experimentation ti find the right amount for your skin.

Caring for combination skin is a headache-inducing task sometimes. Conflicting skin types have always been frustrating, but we’ve found ways to cope with the challenge. Overall, you need to be both gentle with and protective of your skin to ensure the best results. Proper steps to protect it will let it heal and remain as healthy as it can on average while being gentle will ensure products don’t overly upset a delicate balance. We can’t say that there won’t be problems as you work out this balance, but when you finish you’ll know your skin better than before.

Make Sure Your Products Match Your Skin Type

Dedicating yourself to proper skincare involves learning a lot. Obviously we all learn a few basics as we’re growing up, but the actual details tend to elude us until we make a concentrated effort. You then learn that there’s plenty that needs to be done simply to ensure that you’re using the right products. We put in this effort because using the wrong products doesn’t do our skin nearly as much good and can even cause skin issues. One of the major factors that goes into determining how well a product will fit you is if it is meant for your skin type. Those of us with average skin tend to have a bit of flexibility in this regard, but that isn’t the case when it comes to those of us with more extreme skin types. If you’re unsure on how to properly match your products to your skin type, we’ve got a quick guide to give you an idea on the best approach to take.

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Dry Skin

This skin type tends to be among the most finicky. It makes sense given it is one of the extremes, but dry skin also frequently matches up directly with sensitive skin as well. This makes appropriate management of the skin particularly important. You’re generally going to want to make sure to avoid any product that tends to leave the skin dehydrated. That means favoring scrubs or powders for exfoliating to avoid chemical exfoliants that can dry the skin. You’ll also want to ensure that you’re using the thickest moisturizers available. That means using creams rather than anything lighter. Oil-based creams can be particularly effective in this regard. Face oils can also be an effective product choice when it comes to cleansing your skin as they will be both gentle and hydrate the skin some at the same time. Gentle, hydrating products will always be your friend when you have dry skin.

Oily Skin
Despite what you might initially think, oily skin isn’t the exact opposite of dry skin. It tends to be finicky as well. The reasons for that finicky nature are simply different. Oily skin requires a consistent level of control to be exercised to keep the oil in check while not pushing so hard that the skin is hurt. You’ll want to favor water-based products in almost all cases. Oil-based products will increase your chances of having a breakout or experiencing other issues. You’ll get the most out of slightly more powerful than average cleansers and chemical exfoliating products as well. Salicylic acid is frequently one of the best ingredients you can find for oily skin. Pay careful attention when using oil control products though. You don’t want to dry out your skin in excess as you’ll simply cause it to produce even more oil. Toners are good options for light moisturizing and other benefits. You’ll likely want to rinse and cleanse more than once a way to properly manage this skin type.

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Average Skin
When you’re not subject to any extremes, you have access to a wider variety of products. That is freeing, but it doesn’t mean your product choice is any less important. Favoring products meant for either extreme can lead to breakouts, dry skin, or chronic inflammation if you’re not careful. Moisturizing is easiest for people with average skin though. All you need is to find a decent quality lotion to help support your skin. Cleansing and exfoliating tends to be more of a balancing act though. Chemical exfoliates are still typically your best options, but you’ll want to look for products that use alpha hydroxy acids like citric or glycolic acid as an active ingredient. These are potent enough to get the job done without being as potent as the ones required by oily skin. You can also get away with using face oils like dry skin, but you should be mindful to make sure they don’t accidentally cause buildup on your skin. As a general rule, you will also want to make sure you look for gentle products to be kind to your skin.

Looking after your skin by matching your products to your skin type is slightly above basic skincare. It represents your first steps into truly customized skincare. You probably won’t get it right the first time either. Unless a product is clearly hurting your skin, give it a month to do its job and see if your skin improves. Changing products too rapidly in pursuit of the “right” one will only hurt your skin. Slowly refining your product choices will eventually lead you to better skincare than you previously imagined.

Cold Weather Routines For Oily Skin

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Taking good care of your skin during colder weather can be a difficult task for anyone. It is particularly difficult for people with a skin type that leans towards one extreme or another. Oily skin in particular can be difficult to work with in the face of cooler weather. This is because most conventional winter routine suggestions depend on people having normal to dry skin without consideration for oily skin. Encouraging people to use thick, oil-based moisturizers isn’t a really good bit of advice for people with oily skin. The issue remains that people with oily skin do still need to make changes to their routines during cold weather if they want to keep their skin healthy. The lack of direction available frequently makes it more trouble than it is worth though. Let’s take a quick look at changes to make in a cold weather routine for oily skin.

Pick A Good Cleanser
Cleansers are one of the products that do a lot of the work for us when it comes to providing oil control. Anyone with oily skin needs to be picky about the cleanser they’re using in winter though. Remember that winter is a time of cool, dry air that is trying to dry your skin out at a faster rate than usual. Oily skin may give you a little protection, but the wrong cleanser will take away that protection and end up making things harder on your skin. The big shift here is going from a potent oil-control based cleanser that can be harsh on the skin to a cream-based product instead. You want something that will help clean your skin, but at the same time won’t strip your skin of all its moisture. Drying your skin out in winter can lead to a chronic problem that will be with you until spring and actually make your skin even more oily.

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Exfoliate Regularly
You probably have a feeling for how often you need to exfoliate during the summer. This changes as the seasons change and you need to be aware of the proper shift to make during winter. In general you’ll be exfoliating a little less, but still at least once or twice a week depending on how oily your skin is prone to being. Pick your exfoliating product carefully though. The same rules that apply to selecting a basic cleanser apply to selecting an appropriate exfoliating product. You’re looking for something that gets the job done, but won’t dry your skin out. Some professionals recommend looking for lightly hydrating products or ones enriched with skin friendly vitamins such as A, C, and E. Gel and lotion-like products are among your best choices. Watch your skin carefully though to ensure that you’re not irritating it. It can be difficult to find the right balance of exfoliating for some people, but staying alert will help you find it with minimal issues.

Don’t Forget to Moisturize
Oily skin may be slightly more resistant to the rigors of winter weather, but it does still need to be given a push in the right direction regularly. Finding the right moisturizer for winter can be as difficult as finding the right exfoliating product, but it is doable. The key here is to remember that you’re looking for a water-based product unlike most people. Your natural oils still make oil-based products an ill-advised choice. You will want something that is fortified to help improve your skin above other products though. Look for specialty products designed to work with oily skin to help ensure you get the best formula options. This will ensure you’re not demanding too much of your skin. Start early though so you can find the right product before winter fully sets in. Failing to get started in figuring out your products early can mean you end up fighting breakouts all winter long as your skin remains far oilier than it should due to being chronically dried out by the weather

Taking proper care of oily skin during winter requires being prepared. Oily skin is difficult to manage because its needs in winter often run contrary to the majority. You can keep your skin healthy easily enough though. Start experimenting with winter products in early Fall so that your skin has time to adapt and that you get ahead of the shifting weather. This will give you the best chance at healthy skin all winter long.

The Paradox of Dry, Oily Skin

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Most of us are familiar with the idea that there are a few broad skin types. Oily skin is prone to producing an excess amount of natural oils that ends up increasing the chance for breakouts as well as adding an oily sheen to our skin. By contrast, dry skin tends to be dull, feel tight, and in general look a little unhealthy as it has no natural, healthy glow. So-called “normal” skin is somewhere between the two and lacks the extremes of either. Combination skin just makes all of this a headache though as you might broadly have normal skin, but have patches of dry or oily skin. Annoying, right? You can’t really pick your skin type, but you can work to control the worst aspects of it so that you can enjoy healthy skin. You can encounter a problem though if you’re stuck in the somewhat odd situation of having oily skin that somehow still feels dry. It isn’t unheard of though and there are ways to help your skin.

The Whys
Let’s start by stressing that you can end up in this seemingly paradoxical situation in a couple of ways. The first is simply that you may actually have a specific kind of combination kind. Oily and dry skin can get mixed and it can be highly annoying for the person dealing with it. It is fairly simply to work around though even if it can be a little more time consuming than skin of a single broad type. However, what you really need to be on the lookout for is dry, oily skin that is the result of your products. Product choice has such an importance in skincare that a combination that causes distinct problems needs to be addressed quickly to avoid lasting damage becoming a problem. Generally, you’ll experience this problem when you’re overusing harsher products that put a strain on the overall ability of your skin to keep itself hydrated, but just an overuse of products in general can likewise cause the problem.

Treating The Issue
Dry, oily skin that is just part of combination skin is actually the easiest to treat. You’ll need to figure out what sections of your skin are what to properly treat them though. Remember that dry skin tends to be relatively dull due to overall buildup of dead skin while oily skin tends to be redder and have a sheen to it. The T-zone is more likely to be oily than any other area in combination skin too. Once you know what area is what, you can apply selective products to the area or swap to a gentle, generalized skincare that won’t dry your skin out. You start running into issues when your products are what’s responsible for the problem. Your skin isn’t actually dry then. It is dehydrated. If you use harsher products that include ingredients like salicylic acid, then you’ll want to start cutting back and working on make properly moisturizing your skin a part of your routine. Oily skin favors the use of toner and the lightest lotions to moisturize without over-moisturizing. It will take time for your skin to recover, though.

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How Can I Tell?
If you’re uncertain on whether you have oily, dry skin, then you’ll need to keep an eye out for specific factors. We’ve already highlighted what you’re looking for visually when it comes to a natural mix of oily and dry skin, but what you’ll experience is different in product-based issues. You can generally expect the skin to still look oily is the biggest thing. There will be a distinct sheer and redness to the skin as well as continuing problems with potential breakouts. The key difference is that the skin will also feel tight and dry at the same time. This sense goes beyond the visual and is focused largely on how well you know your own skin. Focus on the feeling rather than the appearance. This is because your natural oils are a barrier to your skin and don’t contribute heavily to naturally moisturizing your skin.

Dry, oily skin is one of those annoying skincare issues that appears from time to time. It can happen to anyone with the right skin types and be more than a little bit frustrating before you figure out what you need to do to treat it. Learning the right means to treat it does eventually provide you with all you need to ensure that your skin is happy and healthy though. Try to remember the distinction in treatments between dry, oily skin as a natural combination and as a product-induced problem though as they are different. Once you know, you can be the skincare guru in a friend’s life who has the solution to this little mystery.

Choosing The Right Moisturizer

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Moisturizing your skin properly goes a long way towards helping to maintain your skin’s overall health. This is because your skin needs a certain level of moisture to actually protect itself and be happy. Skin type is mostly responsible for determining the amount of moisture that your skin needs regularly to be happy. Dry skin, for instance, requires a lot more moisture to maintain its health than oily skin, but oily skin still needs support from a moisturizer as well to maintain healthy moisture. The potential complexity of all this can make it difficult for anyone to figure out what moisturizer is best for them. It won’t necessarily drastically hurt your skin to be using the wrong moisturizer, but it can make it more difficult to keep your skin as healthy as you’d like. Let’s take a quick look into the best kinds of moisturizers for a few of the most common skin types to ensure you have an idea of what to look for to keep your skin happy and healthy.

Dry Skin
This is one of the big ones when it comes to ensuring you’re using a proper moisturizer. Dry skin is difficult to deal with even when you’re moisturizing appropriately simply because it can feel resistant to being moisturized. Moisturizing properly in this case is about moisturizing at the right time and ensuring that you’re using a good moisturizer. In this case, you’ll want to look to heavier products to ensure an effective moisture seal on the skin. Creams are the go-to product for anyone trying to keep dry skin healthy. These products tend to be thick and heavy. They stay on the skin for an extended period after application while maintaining a highly effective seal. The best time to put these on is when your skin is still a little wet from a shower, bath, or rinse to ensure that there is extra moisture to seal in your skin.

Oily Skin
As another problematic skin type, oily skin can be frustrating to moisturize properly. This is because the skin is already overproducing oil and it can feel like a bad idea to even consider putting products on your skin. Oily skin does still need help though. The keys to selecting a moisturizer for oily skin are ensuring it is light and oil-free. Lightweight products like lotions don’t build the kind of heavy seal that a cream does. This is good because your skin will be making its own seal on its own. Heavier products will trap your natural oils in your pores and lead to breakouts. You’ll want to look for noncomedogenic lotions to help ensure this isn’t a problem. That the product should be oil-free is pretty much a given with oily skin as the last thing you typically want to do is add more oil to your skin.

Aging Skin
Our skin has more difficulty retaining moisture as we age. This tends to mean we need to give more focused care to help maintain its health. You can keep using your normal moisturizer, but you’ll want to consider adding a serum to your routine. Think of these as skin nourishing moisturizing lotions. They are typically lighter than the average lotion and many times more potent. Use these after you’ve thoroughly clean your skin, but before you move on to your standard moisturizer or any other products. Serums function best as the lowest layer put on clean skin as they are too lightweight to effectively work through other products. Serums come in several flavors that can all cater to different skin needs and as a result, can act as a focused way to augment your skincare. Don’t hesitate to start using them before your skin begins to noticeably age, but likewise, don’t forget to start using them in your mid-30s or later.

Choosing the right kind of moisturizing product can be more than a little confusing. This is in no small part due to the needs of the various skin types and individual considerations. It isn’t terribly hard to pick out general rules that you can use to help find the proper moisturizer or moisturizers though. Try to remember these tips in the future. They should provide enough basic guidelines to give you a push in the right direction. The rest of the process is simply experimenting to find what works best for your skin.

Beating Oily Summer Skin

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Oily skin and summer are practically inseparable. This is because the environmental factors of summer end up encouraging skin to be more oily than usual. It doesn’t work out very well for most of us and is particularly disastrous for people with oily skin. Fortunately, you can easily learn how to manage oily skin during summer by taking particular things into consideration. The broader theme of tending to oily skin during the summer is to avoid making things worse than they already will be through your own treatment of your skin. Oil control is actually a secondary factor in that regard and will come from taking the time to treat your skin right. That said you will still get a lot out of having a dedicated oil control routine as well. We should take a closer look at what it takes to beat oily skin in the summer to give you that extra boost for the remainder of the season and beyond.

Keep Hydrated
Your skin is producing so much oil in summer for a number of factors. A big one is simply the fact that the heat is drying out your skin and eating through its natural protection against the sun. Your skin naturally responds by producing more oil to maintain the barriers to try to mitigate more sun damage. You can help a lot by ensuring that you’re routinely moisturizing your face. This keeps a moisture barrier between your skin and the environment that acts as an extra layer. Having it in place will also let your skin know it doesn’t need to overproduce oil to keep up. Additionally, you’ll want to drink more liquids as well to maintain hydration from the inside out. Don’t take that as a cue to constantly down tall glasses of water every five minutes though. Drink when you’re thirsty and minimize your sun exposure to make the most of this set of tips.

Remember To Keep Clean
Another reason your skin seems oilier during the summer is the fact that you’re sweating more. Oil from other sections of your skin necessarily gets caught up in the sweat and can bunch in particular areas of your face. This leads to easier clumping of dead skin and other debris in pores. You know what happens after that. Breakouts aren’t fun to fight at any time of the year, but seems utterly frustrating to try to contend with during the summer. As a result, you’ll want to be careful about regularly cleaning your skin. Remember to at least rinse your face morning and night even if you cleanse only once per day. You also want to rinse after any workout as well to try to prevent sweat and oil from building up on your skin. Remember that the goal is to cut back on its ability to gather and clump. Keeping your skin clean will do that.

Choose Products Carefully
Products are potentially highly useful in helping to manage oily skin during summer, but they can also end up working against you. The big key here is that you want to favor oil-free products in summer. You don’t want to add more oil on top of what your skin is already producing if you can help it. Most products that would use oils do have an oil-free version. All it takes it going through your products and double-checking to make sure nothing sneaks by your notice. Beyond that, you’ll want to favor gentle cleansers or chemical exfoliators in summer. You need the oil control that they can provide, yes, but you also don’t want to use particularly potent products if you can help it. Drying your skin out with products will cause damage and just encourage yet more oil product. So play it safe and favor gentler options whenever possible.

Managing oily summer skin can be a chore. Every season has its challenges though. You can easily adjust your habits and routine to ensure that you make the most of summer despite having to deal with more oil. Be mindful of how you’re treating your skin though. You don’t want to encourage more oil, but at the same time, you don’t want to utterly damage your skin’s natural barriers. It is a careful balance, but perfectly doable.

Best Foods for Your Skin Type

Your skin is one of the largest organs of your body and its appearance is intimately connected to your overall health. This is why OROGOLD takes the time to emphasize the importance of a healthy diet in skin care. All the vitamins and nutrients from a good diet serve vital roles in keeping your body and skin healthy. It may seem like a very general way to improve your skin, but you can make it more specialized if you’re willing to remember particular foods and food types that work best for your skin type. Oily, normal, and dry skins do all benefit from particular mixes of food more than a general diet may provide. With that in mind, we’ve got a quick overview of things to consider emphasizing in your diet. Don’t forget to ask a dermatologist or esthetician to help you figure out your skin type if you don’t already know.

Strawberries

Foods to Support Oily Skin
One of the most important parts of caring for oily skin is simply remembering a general rule: Don’t eat sugars or salts in excess. This helps prevent motivating the skin to produce extra oil. However, you will certainly benefit from focusing on eating more vegetables in your diet as well. These are filling and can help make the transition from a sugary diet to a less sugary one easier by helping you feel full. Vegetables, especially leafy greens, are full of skin-supporting vitamins and nutrients that work to help fortify your skin against damage from any products you’re likely using to manage your oily skin as well. Adding strawberries or more citrus to your diet is also an advisable option. Both of these have natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help deal with one of the annoying parts of acne. Fresh, seasonal fruit is also a less specialized, but equally viable option.

Foods to Support Normal Skin
Normal skin is a bit harder to pinpoint foods that precisely support it thanks to the lack of any truly extreme conditions. Avoiding excess is a good approach. OROGOLD recommends maintaining an overall healthy diet to help your skin look and feel its best. Sampling from either side of the broad skin categories can potentially help if your skin leans towards oily or dry though. One thing that is good for normal skin and the others is to avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and caffeine. While they are easily enjoyed in small quantities, imbibing them frequently and in large amounts will contribute to poorer overall health. There are some studies that suggest they also directly impact skin clarity. Alcohol, in particular, is known to dehydrate the body and this can lead to issues with dry skin on top of internal issues.

Salmon with mushrooms and potatoes.

Foods to Support Dry Skin
Drink water often when you have dry skin. Hydration is your largest issue ultimately and failing to provide your body all the water it needs isn’t going to help it. Many people with dry skin benefit from including avocados in their diet thanks to the fatty acids in them. You can get these from other sources as well. Salmon is a good choice for anyone who enjoys fish, but olive oil is also a good choice and offers vegetarians and others on restricted diets a way to potentially get the same benefits. Due to common issues with sensitivity for people with dry skin, you might benefit from including more anti-oxidants in your diet as well from any of the various food sources. Leafy greens are a good option for this skin type as well, but you should preferentially seek out darker vegetables such as spinach and kale.

Each of these sets of guidelines is slightly focused in ideas on ways to support your skin type’s health. Everyone’s skin benefits from eating in a healthier fashion even if you don’t follow the smaller rules on what could benefit your skin the most. The main thing to remember is simply moderation. Anything in excess can damage your health. OROGOLD does recommend all skin types try to emphasize greens more in their diets though. The amount of vitamins, nutrients, and flavonoids in leafy greens offer a skin supporting smorgasbord.