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Keeping Your Skin Care in Check

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While you may have a trusted skin care routine that you follow each and every day, your skin will experience so many changes on a regular basis, due to everything from illness to stress to changing seasons. In order to prevent your skin health from declining, you need to know how to keep your skin care in check during these times.

Seasonal Changes
Each season brings with it many changes in the environment around you, and your skin will naturally react to these. While winter is full of harsh, drying air and biting winds that exacerbate sensitivity, summer leads to an increase in oil production, and, therefore, more chances of clogged pores and breakouts. This means that your skin care routine needs to reflect the seasons in order to maintain your skin’s health. The summer months should be all about light lotions and oil-controlling cleansers, while the winter requires rich, thick moisturizers and increased exfoliation, so make sure that you are taking all of this into account.

High Stress
Completely avoiding all stress is impossible, but periods of prolonged stress can really be detrimental to your skin, as well as your overall health. Stress causes the body to release a hormone called cortisol, which can then lead to acne, psoriasis, hives, and a whole host of other skin issues. While each of these symptoms can be treated individually, your best bet is to work on the root cause, which is the stress itself. When you find that it is getting too overwhelming, learn how to take some time out and relax your mind, whether this may be by spending time on a hobby that you love, working out for 20 minutes, or trying out a few breathing exercises, as this can almost instantly lower stress levels.

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Illnesses
Falling ill can really take its toll on your body, including your skin. When this happens, you should try to take more of an overall holistic approach to skin care, meaning that you care for your body and health as a whole, and allow your skin to reflect this. This means consuming plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, as these will contain the antioxidants that your body, and your skin, need to recover. Fatty fish is also great, thanks to their omega-3 fatty acids, while nuts contain vital vitamins that are important for skin health.

Hormonal Changes
Whether due to age, pregnancy or a medication that you are taking, the body’s hormone levels can often fluctuate, and your skin will tend to be one of the first areas to reflect this. Each hormonal change will bring about different results in your skin, meaning that the treatment you opt for needs to be tailored to this. While you may need to do some research with each hormonal change, it is important that you take the time to do so, so that you can understand what is going on with your skin and adjust your skin care routine to cater for this.

Your skin is going to experience so many different changes throughout the months, meaning that even if you have a fail-proof skin care routine, you will still need to adjust this regularly. From adding in extra antioxidants if you have been ill, to switching up your products as the seasons change, keeping your skin care in check is the best way to stay on top of all of your skin’s needs.

Alleviating Existing Skin Issues

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Everybody faces their own unique combination of different skin issues, but these can often be quite difficult to identify. In order to help people to understand exactly what their skin needs, there are now DNA test kits available, that you can do yourself at home, which will put together a skin profile for you based on the results.

What the Test Involves
The DNA sample for your skin profile is usually taken via a swab in the mouth, but you need to rinse your mouth out a few times before swabbing. After doing so, simply rub the swab on the inside of your cheeks so that it can gather enough saliva, and then place it back into its protective sleeve and send it off to be analysed.

Skin Aging
One of the aspects of your skin that the DNA test will look at is the way in which your skin is aging. This will tell you a lot about your genes, as these are able to regulate the aging process, protecting it from wrinkling, thinning, and other forms of damage. Whether your skin aging profile is normal, strong, or needs improvement, this is a great way to learn about how your skin has been affected by your genes.

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Skin Elasticity
Just like with skin aging, the skin elasticity part of the test will also take a close look at your genes in order to find out just how strong and elastic your skin is. This will tell you how susceptible you are to collagen breakdown and cellulite, while providing you with suggestions on how you can help to work on any issues that have been discovered.

Skin Health and Appearance
While many people can easily identify their skin type, the DNA test will still be able to tell you whether or not you are predisposed to having a certain skin type, such as dry or itchy skin. It will also identify how capable your epidermis is at sending water into the rest of your skin, which will help you to decide on the best form of hydration and moisturization. There are also certain genes that some people carry that reflect acne, and these will also be pin-pointed during this part of the test.

Sun Sensitivity
The sun has such a significant impact on the health of your skin, which is why the sun sensitivity part of the test is an extremely useful one. This will help you to discover just how sensitive your skin is to UV radiation and sun exposure, and how much damage your skin will suffer each time you are in the sun. No matter what the results may show, wearing sun protection is still essential, but this test will help you to decide just how strict you need to be about this.

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A DNA test to learn more about your skin can be extremely useful. While you may already know some of the results, such as your skin type and whether or not you are prone to acne, there is so much that can be discovered about your skin that you would have had no idea about, enabling you to provide an extra level of care that caters directly to your skin’s exact needs.

Improve Your Internal Constitution For Better Skin

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Skincare often becomes easily obsessed with the surface of our skin. It is easy to understand how this happens. The surface is all we can really see, touch, and feel. That’s how we get feedback on how things are going deeper in our skin and within our bodies. This does lead to an unfortunate situation where we forget that what is going on inside is just as important as what we’re doing for our skin on the outside. All of our topical products can only do so much if we’re dragging our body down in other ways. In this way, our internal health is directly related to the health of our skin. There are certain things we can all do that will help improve our health internally and in turn improve our skin. They’re worth considering if you truly want to make the most of your skincare and health as they’ll help your skin be more resilient and ensure you age that much more gracefully over time.

Watch Your Diet
This may seem like a given, but it needs to be highlighted given so many of us tend to take shortcuts when it comes to our diet. A healthy diet is good for all of you. Your body needs you to eat a balanced diet so that it has all the materials necessary to keep itself functioning and healthy. We often forget this and end up thinking about eating as simply a matter of not being hungry. Eating a healthy diet is easier than you might think, but it does take some lifestyle adjustments. The human body is best support with a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables with meats playing a supporting role in our diets. That will generally get us the nutrients we need without it involving too many excess calories like a meat heavy diet. Changing one’s diet can be a difficult process though. Consider talking to your doctor for help in adopting a healthier diet and working towards an overall better lifestyle.

Exercise
A good diet is a beginning point to improving your internal health. It provides the materials your body needs, but you can take measures to improve distribution of those materials. Regularly exercising goes a long way towards helping to maintain better overall circulation throughout your body. This is particularly important to your skin as it often has lower priority than other organs of your body. Improving your overall circulation through exercise will ensure your skin, like the rest of your organs, gets its fair share of the nutrients that you’re eating. Improved blood flow is also associated with improving your skin’s ability to repair itself. All of this contributes to improve your overall internal health as well. Your body will be more resilient in the face of various kinds of damage and better able to handle whatever the world throws at it just like your skin. Diet and exercise are incredibly useful for improving your internal health and thereby your skin quality, but you do have another important thing you can do too.

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Corrections
Improvements to internal health take many forms. There are active things we can do like the ones we’ve discussed and then there are the passive ones that involve making sure we’re not doing something. Giving up some of our bad habits tends to go a long way to improving both internal health and skin quality. Drinking more than one should is one of the big culprits here. Remember that alcohol is technically a poison and every drink has to be processed and filtered out of your body. One to two drinks a day is the maximum for adults looking to keep their health and what counts as a glass will vary depending on your choice of drink. Another major culprit is smoking. The particular combination of chemical introduced through smoking hurts your internal health and can end up directly damaging your skin. Giving up the habit is necessary if you want to ensure you have the best skin possible. This doesn’t mean smoking less, but truly giving it up and staying away from the habit so your body can repair the damage. It may be hard, but your health will improve.

Your internal health and the health of your skin are intimately connected. Working your way towards the best skin possible requires making sure that you’re taking care of it both from the outside and the inside. Remembering this will help ensure your body has all it needs to take proper care of itself and ensure your overall health and appearance are more to your liking. Making the adjustments to care for things like this will take effort, but it will repay itself in time.

Nix Dull Skin With These Healthy Habits

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Dull skin is one of those telling things that are clues for us and other people that we may not be caring for our skin as well as we could. It generally happens when we neglected crucial skincare advice. Most of the time we tend to see dull skin as a sort of natural escalation on the part of your skin and body. It is often the result of an overabundance of dead skin cells being left on the skin. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Your skin naturally has several layers of dead skin between the surface and healthy, new skin. It helps to protect the skin. Too much of it looks bad though. Similarly, dull skin can be the result of various kinds of damage too. You can work against it by cultivating a number of healthy habits. There are some habits that deserve a little more of your attention than others though and we’ve got a quick overview of each of them.

Get Some Sleep
Most of us have to admit that we’re probably getting less sleep than we should. There’s this modern idea that we need to always be available and connected that has lead to us establishing plenty of bad habits that reinforce it. Alerts and alarms at all hours combined with bright lights everywhere take a clear toll on our ability to sleep through the night and otherwise get an uninterrupted night’s sleep. This isn’t good as sleep is your body’s “repair mode” where it goes through and checks to make sure everything is still working properly. That includes your skin. Your skin needs that time to help work against any damage done to it as well as to ensure proper distribution of resources throughout it. Without regular sleep, your skin stops being able to do any of this and begins to visibly suffer. Our color looks off, our skin gets thinner, and it overall gets dull and unhealthy. Beauty sleep, it turns out, isn’t just a throwaway joke. All of us literally need it.

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Exercise Regularly
Distributing resources to your skin properly is another important factor. Sleep does a lot to help with that and makes the most use of this, but we need to do our parts to help it. That means exercising regularly. This doesn’t make much sense to most people on the surface. The best way to understand these benefits is to think of what exercise does to your body. It puts a stress on your body that in turn leads it to make demands for more resources and oxygen for your muscles. This leads to you breathing heavier as well as increased blood flow to get the oxygenated blood where it needs to go. The increased blood flow is where the benefits to your skin come in. Our bodies typically give a lower priority to our skin than our internal organs. The skin gets enough to keep it healthy, but not necessarily enough to thrive. This sort of regular increase in blood flow offsets this problem and ensures our skin gets more of the share of nutrients and that in turn allows it to look healthier and less dull.

Eat A Healthy Diet
Of course, your body needs all those nutrients to properly distribute to your skin to help ensure it has a healthy glow to it. The only way to achieve this is to work on eating an overall healthier diet. Changing one’s diet is an incredibly difficult task to undertake. After all, most of us are perfectly comfortable with how we eat. The combination of tasty treats and delightful meals help to give up some of the happiness that defines our lives. Changing that seems like a threat to our well-being. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t already eating as well as we could. Talking your diet over with your doctor is one of the best options here. They can help you narrow down necessary dietary changes while isolating them from ones that would be good, but not necessarily required. Armed with this plan, you can work your way towards a healthier diet that will help you feel better and your skin to look better.

These tips are highly effective, but they all rely on willingly committing to better habits. That isn’t always easy even if it pays off in the end. All of them need to be being done alongside good skincare too. This means remembering to regularly cleanse and exfoliate, moisturize, and wear sunscreen. Making this kind of effort will help prevent your skin from being too dull. It just requires a little bit of patience and a lot of dedication to stick to things long enough to see the positive effects.

Your Moisturizer Is Not A Night Cream

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Knowing how to properly utilize your products is one of the keys to good skincare. This is one parts of skincare that ends up being a learning process that lasts our whole lives. After all, people are coming out with new versions of old products and all new products so often that we need to teach ourselves to use them properly. This learning process isn’t exclusive to newer things though. Not everyone starts out with an expansive routine or an idea of how to use every product. None of us do. This leads to situations where we can mistake one product for another or have particular misconceptions about a product. Moisturizers and night creams in particular tend to suffer from this problem. The name night cream tends to lead people not in the know to assume it is a form of specialized moisturizer used before bed. Night creams are a good deal more complicated than that and a simple moisturizer can’t replace a good night cream.

Nourishing Support
As a product class, night creams tend to be focused intensely on support for the skin. There are three major ways that they do this, but one of the most prominent is that they tend to include various nutrients that help to support skin health. This tends to mean they’re full of things like vitamins C and E. They settle into your face over time and take full advantage of the fact that night creams take a long time to fully evaporate to ensure your skin makes the most of these ingredients. The focus is on giving your skin that extra boost that can help it produce more collagen and elastin. These two proteins are integral to the structure of your skin and its ability to snap back into place when moved in any way. Without them, your skin becomes looser and contributes to the overall appearance of age. Nourishing your skin isn’t the only way that night creams fight the signs of aging though.

Anti-Aging Specialty
Vitamin A tends to figure heavily into night creams as well, but you wouldn’t know it without knowing a particular skincare secret. The most frequent form vitamin A takes in skincare is retinol. This variation on the vitamin is familiar to anyone interested in anti-aging products. You’ve likely seen it or another retinoid, a further variation on retinol, in many of the products you’re used to using. They work incredibly well in night creams though. An overnight product like a night cream gives the compound a long time to work properly. It helps to speed up the natural cell turnover rate in your skin and thereby helps to smooth things out and help to further stimulate skin repairs alongside other vitamins. The cost of this is that it makes the skin sensitive for a little while after using it. As a result, it is an ideal ingredient in a night cream as your skin will get all the benefits and recover by morning.

Beneficial Hydration
Night creams are actually moisturizing as well. This serves a dual purpose. The moisturizing aspect helps to make up for the potential dryness that retinol can end up causing. Additionally, it provides the general benefits of a moisturizer. Your skin will be more hydrated and as a result look fuller and healthier than it would otherwise. This will also contribute to it being better defended from damage than it otherwise would be under any other circumstance. It is important to note here that all the other benefits are what separate a night cream from a simple moisturizer. Night creams are still facial creams though and that necessarily includes the expected moisturizing effect. In the end, you will likely get a stronger moisturizing effect from a pure moisturizer, but the lack of other benefits will mean you’ll be doing far less for your face than if you actually used a night cream.

There a pronounced differences between moisturizers and night creams despite the latter having a moisturizing effect. Night creams help to support the skin in several ways that all contribute to healthy, youthful looking skin rather than a single way. As a result, you shouldn’t mistake one for the other. Many of us can get away with a simple moisturizer at night when we’re younger, but as we hit out 30s and beyond we’ll want to consider a night cream for that extra boost towards beautiful skin.

Four Causes of Dry, Itchy Skin

Four Causes of Dry, Itchy Skin

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Nobody wants dry, itchy skin, but this is an extremely common issue that many have to deal with. While there are many products available that can help you to combat this, it is always advisable to also identify the root cause of any skin problems, so that you can protect against, and prevent, this as much as possible.

Hot Showers
As soothing as a hot, steamy shower after a long, hard day may seem, high temperatures will quickly lead to dry and itchy skin. Your skin produces natural oils that are necessary for moisturizing and hydrating the skin, but hot water strips these away, causing your skin to dry out. Opt for lukewarm temperatures instead, and try to limit your showers and baths to no longer than ten minutes.

Harsh Ingredients
There are many skin care products out there that seem exceptional, but are actually filled with a plethora of harsh ingredients. Many of these can be solely responsible for dry and itchy skin, so it would be worthwhile doing some reading up on harsh ingredients to avoid. Common ones include benzoyl peroxide, which is usually used to tackle acne, high levels of alcohol, fragrances and preservatives.

Low Quality Moisturizers
While you may think that a moisturizer should be able to nourish your skin, no matter what may be in it, this is not at all true, as the ingredients used have a huge effect on the way in which a moisturizer works. Make sure that you are using one that contains ceramides and humectants, as both of these trap water to the skin and help to restore its natural protective barrier. You should also be sure to moisturize your skin while it is still damp, such as immediately after stepping out of the shower. Moisturizers are designed to form a thin film over the surface of the skin, so if your skin already has water on it, then this extra moisture will be trapped in, and absorbed, thanks to the moisturizer applied over it.

Dry Air
Dry air is especially common in the winter months, due to the drop in temperature and humidity. In addition to this, indoor heat sources, whether this may be an electric heater or a fireplace, also have a drying effect on your skin, and, when all of this is combined, it is easy to see why skin ends up dry, itchy and flaky. If this is the case for you, try to increase the frequency at which you moisturize your skin, and consider investing in a humidifier, as these are great for adding moisture back into the air.

While there are a number of different factors that can contribute to dry and itchy skin, these are four of the most common. However, they are also causes that you can have quite a bit of control over, meaning that, once you have identified what is causing your dry skin, you will be able to take the necessary steps to prevent this from occurring in the future.

Preventing and Correcting Thinning Skin

Preventing and Correcting Thinning Skin

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While many may think that thinning skin is only caused by aging, the most common cause of this issue is actually down to the elastin fibers within your skin experiencing so much wear and tear that they are unable to properly bounce back into their original position. This causes crepey, thinning skin, which is a look that nobody wants, especially while they are still young, but, fortunately, there are a few ways in which you can prevent and correct this.

Sun Protection
The sun’s ultraviolet rays damage and break down elastin fibers, which is why those who experience a higher level of sun exposure throughout their lives tend to also experience more wrinkles and thinner skin. This makes sun protection key, not only when it comes to preventing thinning skin but also for correcting it, as no other healing techniques will work if your elastin fibers are constantly being battered by the sun. In addition to using a broad spectrum sunscreen throughout the year, you should also try to physically stay out of the sun as much as possible, seeking shade whenever you are outdoors. For those days when you simply cannot avoid the sun, keep your skin well-covered with clothing, and make sure that you also use a sun hat and sunglasses.

Hydration
Dehydrated skin is an issue that many people deal with, and quickly leads to dryness and other problems. Since dry skin is so prone to damage, this accelerates the rate at which skin thins, and exacerbates the problem for those who are already experiencing thinning skin. This means that you should be making hydration a priority, from both the outside as well as the inside. Not only should you be applying hydrating products to your skin, from serums to moisturizers to facial masks, but you should also be drinking plenty of water, and consuming foods that have a high water content.

Key Ingredients in a Moisturizer
When it comes to preventing and correcting thinning skin, your moisturizer should be your best friend, and there are a few ingredients that you should look out for if you want it to be as effective as possible. Alpha or beta hydroxy acids, such as lactic acid, glycolic acid and salicylic acid, are great for lubricating the skin, which helps to plump it back up. You should also be trying to boost your natural collagen and elastin production, and ingredients such as vitamin C and zinc are fantastic for doing this.

Assess Any Medications That You Are Taking
There are certain medications out there that can either cause thinning skin, or greatly contribute to the process. These are usually ones that contain steroids, and will only have this effect when used in the long term, but, if you have been noticing the problem worsening and have been taking a medication for a while now, it could be worth checking with your doctor to see if this could be the cause.

Thinning skin is something that everybody will experience at some point, but this does not mean that you cannot delay the process for as long as possible. From sufficient hydration to sun protection, these tips will help you to keep your skin looking and feeling plump and fresh.

Choosing The Best Sunscreen For Your Skin Tone

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Now that the warmer weather has arrived and you will likely be spending much more time in the sun, it is important to ensure that your skin is kept protected from the damaging UV rays. When it comes to choosing a sunscreen, there are a few different factors that you need to keep in mind, from your skin type to your skin tone, as this will ensure that the sunscreen you choose is best suited to your own individual skin.

Fair Skin Tones
Those with a fair skin tone tend to burn much quicker and more easily, making a broad spectrum sunscreen with a higher SPF value essential. SPF 30 is the absolute minimum, so try to find a sunscreen that offers more protection than this, at SPF 50 if possible. Keep in mind that, no matter how high the SPF level of your sunscreen may be, you will still need to keep re-applying it every few hours in order to ensure that your skin continues to be protected.

Dark Skin Tones
While those with darker skin tones may not burn quite as quickly as those with lighter skin tones, the sun will still be causing just as much damage to your skin cells, so a broad spectrum sunscreen every day is still necessary. The main issue that many people with darker skin tones have with sunscreen is that a large number of the products out there can often leave a chalky white residue on the skin, which is much more obvious on darker skin tones. However, there are many new formulas constantly being introduced onto the market, so simply find a high-quality chemical sunscreen that your skin is able to absorb quickly.

Dry Skin
In addition to keeping your skin tone in mind, you should also pay attention to your skin type when choosing any new skin care product. Those with dry skin would be best off opting for a moisturizing sunscreen, as these will contain hydrating and moisturizing ingredients that will help to prevent your skin from drying out even further.

Sensitive Skin
While chemical sunscreens may be the easiest for your skin to absorb, these chemicals, such as oxybenzone or paraben, can exacerbate sensitive skin, leading to redness and rashes. Physical sunscreens are the best option in this case, as they contain ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are much more gentle on the skin and are still able to protect it from UV rays.

Oily Skin
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, then you need to seek out a sunscreen that has been specially designed for your skin type. These will be free of fragrances and extra oils, saving your skin from clogged pores and breakouts.

It is extremely important to spend a bit of time choosing your sunscreen for the season, as this is your main form of defense against everything from skin cancer to premature aging. Whether you have fair and sensitive skin, or dark and oily skin, these tips should help you to choose the very best sunscreen possible.

Lessons for Ladies with Dry and Sensitive Skin

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Dry and sensitive skin can be a challenge to deal with, often requiring quite a high level of care in order for a healthy complexion to be maintained. For those of you who have been battling with dry and sensitive skin for a while now, these are the lessons that you need to learn.

Add in a Second Layer of Moisturizer
If you have long since been fighting dry and sensitive skin, then you are likely already aware of the importance of a moisturizer. In order for your skin to receive maximum benefits from this, your moisturizer should be applied to damp skin, so that it can trap in all of the excess moisture that is sitting on the surface of your skin. Then, give your skin a few minutes to dry, before applying another coat of moisturizer, as this provides your skin with a double layer of protection. While it is absolutely fine to use the same moisturizer both times, you should ensure that the moisturizer you are using contains humectants, such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin, as these help to bind water to the skin.

Heat and Humidity at Home
Indoor heat is extremely drying, so whether you use a fireplace or central heating to warm up your home, be sure to keep yourself well away from the actual source of heat. The same can be said for air conditioning units, which can really dry out the skin quickly. Since it is often difficult, and uncomfortable, to not use heating or air conditioning, the best way to combat the dry air within your home is by investing in a humidifier, as this will add moisture back into the air.

Special Care at Night
Studies have shown that the body loses more water from the skin during the night, while a person is asleep, than during the day, which is why it is important to provide your skin with an extra level of care before going to bed. This means not only using a night cream, but also introducing a gentle toner and a hydrating serum into your routine. In order to add some extra moisture onto your skin before applying your night cream, give it a spritz or two of rose water, as this brings with it a range of benefits, but is gentle enough to not cause any irritation.

Take it Slow After a Reaction
When your skin has reacted to a product or ingredient, it is important to give it some time to calm down, preferably a week. After tis, you can then reintroduce your products one at a time, making sure that you patch test them on your inner forearm before applying them to your face or body. If your skin turns red with a particular product, then you have found the culprit, and can either cut this product out of your skin care routine, or, better still, try to discover exactly which ingredients in the product may be exacerbating your sensitivity.

After carrying out all of these changes, you should begin to notice improvements in your skin quite quickly. However, if you are still not getting any relief, or your dryness and sensitivity is worsening, it may be time to visit a dermatologist, as this could be a sign of a skin condition that requires professional treatment.

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.