Oily skin – if you have it, you must be pretty exhausted with trying so many new products all the time. Miracle products, expensive skin care products, etc., none of them truly natural. But have you actually tried taking the “road less traveled”? That would be using oil serums in your daily skin care routine for oily skin.
Kind of a mouthful this one, but in reality, so very simple to find a proper skin care! Sure, it may not seem so now. Especially, since you’ve probably been through so much trial and error to find that proper skin care.
As the owner of an oily – combination complexion, I have been there too. I’ll begin my post by telling you a bit about acne and oily skin. You should understand the way your skin works a bit, to be able to find that proper skin care routine.
The best part is that, after doing most of the research for you, all you’ve got left is to jump to the practical part. In my opinion, it is also the most fun and pleasant. Not only do you get to play with various ingredients, but you also get that a pleasant and rewarding feeling.
I’m talking about that feeling when you’re doing something about improving your oily skin. That is being taken care of with some very interesting tips and blends throughout the article.
About Oily Skin and Its Most Common Problems. Finding the Right Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin
This section will address some of the most basic facts about oily skin. Once you know more about your skin type, you’ll also know exactly what to do and what not.
Oily complexions have oily cheeks, oily nose, oily forehead, oily chin… oily eyes… just kidding, but you get the idea. I guess you can tell I’m in this league also.
We’re talking about an excess of sebum here. This excess is often caused by hormonal imbalances. Such an imbalance could be too little estrogen inside the body. Alcohol-based commercial cleansing products can also stimulate the production of excess sebum.
- Too much sebum leads to the overload of the pores and clogs them.
- They become enlarged and the skin is more prone to getting infected. This infection is what we call acne.
- Cystic acne is a more severe form of acne. It can stay painful and inflamed for many days, and it can also leave some deep scars behind.
- Dark spots are also common in oily skin with acne.
I’m sure you’ve already noticed all these signs. But after reading this, you can remove any and all doubts about having oily or combination complexion.
They are quite different skin types, with different needs. And, as I was saying, it is most important to use the proper skin care products. For that you must know your skin type really well.
Basic Daily Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin
- Cleansing. This step right here is important but it should not be overdone. I recommend in the morning to simply wash your face with hot water. Pat dry with a paper towel. Fabric towels can store lots of bacteria when they’re wet. It will dissolve the overnight oil. In the evening, you should use a homemade cleanser to wipe the makeup and dirt off.
- Toning. This step will remove any trace of dirt and soothe the skin after being washed. Toning will also hydrate your skin on a deep level.
- Moisturizing. Even oily skin needs moisturizing, so oils are the best choice for them. Your skin produces more oil when it is stripped off. Giving it essential fatty acids from vegetable oils will supply that need and regulate the sebum production. The perfect carriers for oily skin are light, dry ones like Macadamia, Watermelon seed, Hazelnut, Kukui, etc.
If you want to know more about this daily skin care routine for oily skin, you can access the link. You’ll find everything explained in more detail and some DIY blend recipes as well. You can learn how to make your own cleanser, toner and moisturizer.
Oily Skin and Wrinkles
The best part about having oily skin is that it will not show any aging signs until very late in life. According to some scientists, daily moisturizing can delay aging signs with at least 10 years!
A dry skin type for instance, lacks natural lubrication and hydration. Therefore, it will start showing signs of aging quite prematurely. Moisture is the key to delaying aging and premature aging.
A good daily skincare routine for your oily skin will delay the aging process with a significant amount of years.
Adding antioxidants in your skincare lotions will also increase their potency.
Active Ingredients to Use for Oily Skin Care
What are active ingredients? They are natural, complex essences that become active and deliver their benefits every time they’re used. In the Aromatherapy and natural cosmetics world, they are known as essential oils. Besides them, there are also carrier (vegetable) oils and hydrosols or floral waters to use.
Carriers are extracted from the fatty portions of the fruits and nuts. They’re the ones that maintain the skin elastic and firm. They also feed it the essential fatty acids it needs to regenerate.
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts. They come from the roots, flowers, twigs, leaves and resins and are very aromatic.
Hydrosols are byproducts of essential oils steam distillation. They are also known as floral waters, because they are indeed plant infused waters. They contain only traces of oil molecules, plus all the other benefits of the plant that couldn’t make it in the oil.
One of the most significant and beneficial substances for the skin is vitamin C. It is water soluble and it has a heavy molecular weight. These two traits keep it from becoming part of the chemical profile of an essential oil.
Hydrosols are great toners! They can help maintain the skin’s pH acidic. An acidic environment is not an ideal environment for the bacteria to thrive. This will help in preventing your pores getting inflamed and getting more acne.
Essential Oils and Hydrosols to Use for Oily Skin
Here is a list of hydrosols (floral waters) you can use in your daily skin care routine for oily skin:
- True Lavender ( angustifolia)
- Spike Lavender ( latifolia)
- Litsea Cubeba.
- Witch Hazel.
- Rosemary ct. Verbenone.
- Nettle leaf.
- Atlas cedar.
- Eucalyptus (globulus).
- Bay laurel.
- Tea Tree.
- Neroli (orange blossom).
Here is another list, this time with essential oils. You can use them in your daily skin care routine for oily skin, topically or via inhalation:
- Lavender essential oil.
- Tea Tree essential oil.
- Manuka essential oil.
- Peppermint essential oil.
- Melissa essential oil.
- Thyme essential oil.
- Frankincense essential oil.
- Neroli essential oil.
- Cajeput essential oil.
- Clove essential oil.
- Rose geranium essential oil.
- Sage essential oil.
- Litsea essential oil.
- Grapefruit essential oil.
- Lemon Myrtle essential oil.
- Lemon Verbena essential oil.
Blends and Tips for a Proper Daily Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin
I will begin by enlisting some of the most useful tips for oily skin care. Unfortunately, this skin type needs a lot of attention, but we sometimes tend to exaggerate. The goals here should always be:
1) To regulate the sebum production.
2) To protect the skin against bacterial infections.
3) To nourish and hydrate the skin to avoid the production of excess sebum.
These are three very simple goals that can be achieved quite simply. The simpler the recipe, the better it is for your skin. You need a good quality carrier oil.
Then you’ll also need a highly anti-inflammatory and antibacterial essential oil. These two active ingredients are usually enough to protect the skin and prevent acne and excess sebum.
Tips for Oily Skin
- Always use gentle and natural cleansing products. The best ones are the ones you make yourself because you know exactly what you’ve got there.
- You should never forget to test an oil for allergic reactions before widespread use. Oily skin can be more sensitive than a normal type of skin.
- Stay away from detergents.
- Try to control the level of stress through Aromatherapy.
- The sun is not a good friend of oily skin types. It may give temporary relief, but once the summer is over, you’ll get your oily and acne skin back. Thus, you need to constantly moisturize your face while sun bathing.
- Try controlling the level of estrogen in your body by inhaling or applying blends with Anise essential oil.
- Another important aspect is getting enough quality sleep and food. Try having a balanced diet, including vegetables, fruits, fish and cereals, and cheese made from goat or sheep’s milk.
Cosmetic Blends for Oily Skin Care
1) Astringent Toner Recipe for Oily Skin
- Lavender hydrosol: 1 Oz (30 ml)
- Roman Chamomile hydrosol: 1 Oz (30 ml)
- Sage hydrosol: 1 Oz (30 ml)
- Frankincense essential oil: 20 drops
Mix all these ingredients in an easy to use plastic bottle and store it in the fridge. It’ll have to be used within 2 months. Shake it well before each use. Apply on a damp face with a cotton pad, or spray it all over the face and leave it on until it evaporates.
The lavender will cleanse, the chamomile will soothe and sage will regulate the skin’s pH and exfoliate gently. Frankincense will act as an antioxidant, and it will nourish and replenish the tissue.
2) Moisturizing Recipe for Oily Skin
- Manuka or Tea Tree essential oil: 4 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 5 drops
- Peppermint essential oil: 3 drops
- Macadamia oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Mix all these ingredients with the carrier oil and shake the blend well before each use. That’ll activate the essential oils. Apply a moderate amount after toning your complexion. Massage it gently with upwards movements, until it’s well-absorbed.
After at least 2 applications, you’ll know exactly how much of the blend to apply on a single use. You’ll want to avoid putting too much on, plus the skin only absorbs as much as it needs. The rest will simply be wasted.
I recommend using a different blend after two or three weeks to avoid the skin getting used to the ingredients.
3) Anti-Acne and Setting Spray Recipe
- Rosewood essential oil: 12 drops
- Manuka (or Tea Tree) essential oil: 8 drops
- Neroli essential oil: 5 drops
- Lavender, Melissa or Neroli hydrosol: 3 Oz (90ml)
- Spray bottle
Mix the oils with the hydrosol and shake it well each time before use. Spray all over the face in the morning, before applying makeup. Leave it on until it evaporates/absorbs/dries.
Rosewood will give the skin a beautiful glow and regulate the sebum production. And Manuka or Tea Tree will disinfect and kill viruses and bacteria. This spray mist will also help fixate your makeup better!
4) Concentrated Solution for Acne
- Tea Tree essential oil: 1 drop
- Spike Lavender essential oil: 1 drop
- Cotton swab
Apply each drop on the cotton swab and dab onto the pimple(s) 3 – 4 times a day, for 2 – 3 days. Make sure you moisturize the area before going to bed, otherwise it’ll become dry and scaly.
Hopefully, this article will serve you as good inspiration source for a future proper daily skin care routine for oily skin. Feel free to research more essential and vegetable oils, as there are quite many.
You can also personalize your blends and mix and match your ingredients the best you can. Don’t shy away from using vitamin A and E capsules. They can be added to your oil serums quite easily and do a lot of good.
There is no other better time to begin your new skin care routine than now! What is your current skin care routine for oily skin? Have you used essential oils so far, and if so, what were your results?