You may or may not be born with oily skin, but in time, it can become so. Unfortunately, there are lots of bad commercial skin care products on the market. There are good ones too, but they’re usually very expensive and almost never 100% natural. What is the best daily skin care routine for oily skin though?
That is actually a question with a simple answer. It just needs a bit of research and an experimenting phase at first. I did most of that research for you. Then I simplified it and put it in this rather lengthy post. The experiment part is on you, of course, but it’s also the nicest part.
The most important thing to remember here is that you need to know your skin type very well. You also need to have patience and inform yourself well. Your skin will always look great afterwards!
Research will help you choose the proper products and ingredients for your skin care. Once that aspect is mastered, everything else becomes easy. It may sound easier than done, but I will explain everything in more detail in this article.
I will begin by telling you why I believe in natural ingredients and why you should try them for your oily skin. When I say natural ingredients, I’m referring to essential oils and carrier oils. I will continue with simple steps and details, plus the oils to use for oily skin. Because, no matter the age, oily skin types need hydration too!
You will also find some blend recipes among the steps provided in this article. Hopefully, they will help you start your daily skin care routine as soon as possible.
Daily Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin, plus Tips and Details for Doing It Right
Oily skin is an unbalanced skin type. It is characterized by enlarged pores and an excess of sebum. This excess gives the face a glowing and oily appearance. It is also prone to acne or blackheads, and the makeup usually doesn’t stay in one place for too long.
These skin problems are the result of an imbalance, which is usually due to hormonal activity. However, more and more people with “normal” skin wake up with oily skin because of all the wrong products they use for their skin care.
The type of daily skin care routine for oily skin and the products you use for it make all the difference! So, if you have problems with an oily skin, this means that you’ve probably used the wrong products so far.
Also, too much washing and exfoliation on a daily basis can strip the skin of its natural protection barrier. That makes it easier for bacteria and viruses to attack and cause acne, among others.
You see, there’s a circle here that needs to be broken. An excess sebum is secreted by your sebaceous glands through the pores. This right here can be partly inherited and partly caused by using the wrong products.
Commercial products are not gentle to the skin. They contain lots of chemicals that strip the skin of its natural protection oil – the sebum. When it is gone, you will feel that tightness sensation when the skin becomes dry.
The glands then start secreting a lot of sebum to replace the lost one and hydrate the skin. This can go on and on forever if you don’t do something about it.
In time, an unbalanced skin is the right environment for acne causing bacteria to wreak havoc. What you can do to break this cycle, is to give your skin the nourishment and hydration it deserves.
Oily Skin Care and Active Ingredients
Oily skin needs hydration and nourishment just like any other skin type! The only difference is the type of products you choose to use. They must be able to stop the bacteria development and regulate the sebum production.
The best and most natural daily skin care routine for oily skin is the use of carrier oils and essential oils.
Why oils for oily skin? Because oil is exactly what your skin needs. The excess of sebum that your glands produce is because of a lack of enough oil (sebum). The sebum’s role is to maintain the skin hydrated, nourished and elastic. Plus protect it against bacteria and viruses.
Vegetable oils or carrier oils contain lots of beneficial fatty acids, like Omega 5, 6 and 9. They come from a natural source – the fatty portions of fruits or their seeds and nuts. Carriers contain antioxidants that can prevent premature aging (the effects of free radicals).
They can also help the tissue regenerate and maintain firm. These vegetable oils also contain vitamins that the skin needs to maintain its protective barrier intact.
Essential oils have powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. They are very concentrated essences so they need to be diluted in vegetable oils before being applied to the skin. An essential oils blend works in synergy to deliver all their properties and effects to your skin.
These oils exist in the plants and fruits for their own protection. They need them to regenerate or to protect against various infections out in the wild. The oils we extract from plants and seeds, nuts or fruits are then used for the protection of our own skin.
They are all very potent and active beauty ingredients. They’re very accessible and easy to purchase and use. And they’re what I recommend using for any type of skin care, especially for oily skin.
The following ideas, tips and daily skin care routine for oily skin uses Aromatherapy ingredients. It will make the process a lot more fun, interesting and pleasant. Essential oils smell divine on top of having so many qualities.
Tips for a Practical Oily Skin Care Routine
The first thing to do for your oily skin, no matter the age or sex, is to:
1) Cleanse your skin.
- Wash your face with warm – hot water that dissolves the sebum. That will also remove the dirt and makeup. At the same time, this phase helps the pores to open up. Thus, it makes it easier for the other products you apply to penetrate deeper.
- In the morning, you can and should only use warm water and then pat dry without rubbing. I always recommend using paper towels to take the excess water off the skin. Paper towels are disposable, and once you’re done you’ll throw them away. That way you don’t risk putting any bacteria back on your face. Fabric towels do tend to be a good damp environment for bacteria growth.
- In the evening, after removing the makeup (if wearing any) you should use a very gentle homemade cleanser. This practice, once a day is all it takes to maintain your face clean and at the same time hydrated.
I believe in treating each problem separately, even if that means applying more ingredients in a simple routine. But I don’t see the point of using a washing lotion and cleansing milk afterwards. In my opinion one or the other is enough.
Cleanse your oily skin only once a day, preferably in the evening, with something very gentle!
Homemade cleanser recipe:
- Watermelon or Grapeseed oil: 1 tablespoon
- Aloe Vera gel: 2 tablespoons
- Immortelle (Helichrysum) essential oil: 15 drops
Blend all the ingredients in a plastic or glass recipient and shake well before each use. Pour a small amount in your palms and apply on face after damping it with warm water. Massage it gently all over the face and then rinse off with more warm water.
You could also use a cloth wet with hot water and place it on your face for a few minutes, until it cools off. The steam will open up the pores and remove all the dirt. You can repeat the process if you have time. When you’re done, you should wet the wash cloth again with hot water and rinse the oil off.
Your skin will remain soft and hydrated, and clean at the same time! That way, your oily skin will not feel the need to produce any more sebum since the skin is not dry.
2) Tone your skin.
- The role of a toner is to remove any trace of dirt or makeup that hadn’t been removed with the cleanser. A good toner has the ability to smooth and soothe, and soften the skin. All that while giving it more nutrients to replenish.
- Some of the best and most natural toners in Aromatherapy are hydrosols or floral waters. They are a byproduct of the steam distillation of essential oils. In other words, those molecules, vitamins and nutrients that weigh too much to make it into the oil, can be found in the hydrosol.
- A good daily skin care routine for oily skin should include hydrosols like Lemon Verbena, Lavender and Rose. But Peppermint, Neroli and Melissa are great too.
- Simply spray it all over the face and neckline and give it a few seconds to penetrate the skin. You can then wipe the excess with a cotton pad or let it dry/evaporate on its own. Hydrosols are water based so they will only go into the skin in a lower percentage than the oils do.
3) Moisturize your skin.
- Hydration is absolutely necessary for a beautiful skin, no matter the age or skin type!
- Particularly, oily skin needs it like air. The excess sebum will slowly balance its production, but only if it gets enough hydration and nourishment.
- The best natural moisturizers, full of essential fatty acids and nutrients for the skin are carrier oils. The lighter the oil, the better for an oily skin type. Light textured carrier/vegetable oils can go deep into the skin, nourish and help it regenerate. They also contain some antibacterial molecules that can prevent infections. However, that is not enough for a daily skin care routine for oily skin. It requires the addition of essential oils for a more potent effect.
- Being as concentrated as they are, you can add up to 12 drops of an essential oil into 30 ml (1 Oz) carrier. You can use one or up to three essential oils in a face blend. It is best to keep it as simple as possible.
It is most important that you always use the proper vegetable oil for your oily skin type! Oils that work for dry or normal skin types (thick textured oils) can cause more problems for your skin type. Those that work great for combination skin can also work well for oily skin. Best carrier oils for oily skin care are:
- Green tea oil (Camellia sinensis).
- Grapeseed oil.
- Macadamia oil.
- Hazelnut oil.
- Hemp oil.
- Rosehip seed oil.
- Watermelon seed oil.
All these oils have a light texture. They can balance the sebum production avoiding excess shininess. Every one of them, some more than the others, contain lots of antioxidants too. That makes them great at preventing premature aging.
Top 10 essential oils to use in your blends for a great daily skin care routine for oily skin:
- Lemon Verbena.
- Rose Otto.
- Rose Geranium.
They all have strong anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. All these essential oils can also kill bacteria and viruses that cause acne. They can also protect against the effects of free radicals and help the skin heal from scars and acne.
Generally speaking, it is best to avoid using the same ingredients for long periods of time. For that, I propose making two effective blends. You can then use them every other night, or week, or however else you prefer.
One blend would be for fighting against acne and its scars. The other would be for nourishment and premature aging prevention.
Very active anti-aging essential oils are Frankincense, Rose and Patchouli among others. Keep it simple to get good results. I recommend not using more than 3 essential oils per blend.
You could blend 12 drops of one essential oil, or more into 2 tablespoons of carrier oil for your skin type. Two tbsp. would be 1 Oz or 30 ml.
About Serums and Sun Protection
Serums are very concentrated blends that contain only natural active ingredients. They also target specific problems like age spots, deep wrinkles, an uneven skin tone, acne, etc.
Serums should always be applied after using a moisturizer or, if you prefer instead of a moisturizer. They have a base of vegetable oils, which can nourish and hydrate deeply. These are always an added bonus to the skin that’ll help it heal or regenerate faster.
Sun protection is a very important step in any daily skin care routine for oily skin. The sun is responsible for the aging of the skin. In time, sun exposure without protection will start showing its effects. They can be anything from deep wrinkles, dry skin with age spots or a lack of brightness and elasticity.
The most potent natural sun protector is Sesame oil. If you infuse some carrots in it, it will become even more effective. Read more on how to make your own Carrot infused oil and its benefits.
There is never too early to start protecting your skin with a good, natural sun protection. You could also try to make your own from ingredients and sellers you know and trust. Apply it whenever you leave the house and know you’ll be out in the sun for more than 20 minutes.
Sun Protection Lotion
- Sesame oil: 2 tablespoons
- Coconut oil: 1 tablespoon
- Carrot seed essential oil: 10 drops
- Helichrysum (Immortelle) essential oil: 10 drops
This blend is for face care. If you want to use it on the whole body, double or triple all the quantities. Mix them all well and shake the blend before each use. Apply all over the face, neck and chest and repeat every couple hours or so, and always after getting out of the water.
Make sure to never use cold expressed citrus essential oils. They contain substances that cause phototoxicity. This means your skin will react violently to sun exposure after using phototoxic oils.
Citrus essential oils that have been steam distilled are safe. Always check out the extraction method on the label or the seller’s specifications.
As you can see, Aromatherapy provides some of the best active ingredients for skin care. They are also very accessible and affordable. The daily skin care routine for oily skin in this article is meant to serve as a starting point.
You can keep on researching and testing oils, as long as they refer to your skin type’s problems. Using oils for your skin type is as important as knowing your skin’s needs, so make sure you know them well.
It is also possible that those needs change throughout the seasons. In which case, you must adapt too. This could mean adding a bit of a medium thick oil into your normal light textured oil for the cold and dry season.
What are your thoughts on a good daily skin care routine for oily skin? What do you use for your complexion and how is it working? I encourage you to share your own experience as I’m sure everyone, including myself, will benefit from it.