Oily, shiny skin isn’t necessarily desirable, but is your complexion trying to tell you something else?
It’s easy to assume that if you have oily skin, you don’t need to moisturise. Did you know that your oily complexion could be a sign of dehydration?
Let’s dig deeper into the issue of oil and discover the best products to use!
What causes oily skin?
Oil, known as sebum, is naturally secreted to keep your skin supple and healthy. When excess oil is released, your face becomes shiny or greasy – you may have excess oil all over your face or you may have combination skin in which your t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) becomes shiny while the rest of your face appears normal or dry.
If you have an oily complexion or t-zone, you may notice enlarged pores, blemishes, uneven skin tone, or blackheads.
So, what exactly causes your skin to produce excess oil? Oily skin can be caused by hormonal changes, your environment or genetics.
Why do I need to use a moisturiser if my skin is oily?
Sebum is not the same as moisture. While oil lubricates the skin, it doesn’t mean that you don’t need hydration.
If you use harsh beauty products which strip the skin of its natural moisture, or your oily skin is simply suffering from dehydration, your skin begins to produce excess sebum, making your complexion look even oilier than normal.
What products should I use?
The most effective way to care for your oily skin is to use gentle skincare products. Invest in moisturising products which won’t feel heavy on your skin.
Use a hyaluronic acid serum to enhance moisture. Hyaluronic acid can hold 1000 times its weight in water, providing a much-needed burst of hydration to your skin.
Our hyaluronic acid serum is so gentle, it can even be used under the eyes to treat fine lines and wrinkles.
After using a serum, apply a small amount of Live Skincare Day& Night Moisturiser which contains peptides, green tea extract and chamomile to calm, hydrate, restore external damage and promote more youthful skin.
Will a moisturiser cure my oily skin?
Oily skin can’t be ‘cured’ but using gentle moisturising products will help to balance your complexion.
What else can I do to prevent my skin looking shiny?
Using mattifying makeup products and setting your foundation with powder helps to keep your skin looking shine-free throughout the day. Also, try using blotting sheets during the day to eliminate oil.
The good news
The good news is that oily skin doesn’t age as quickly as other skin types as sebum lubricates your complexion, helping to keep it supple.
You may find oily skin frustrating but making sure your skin is hydrated will balance sebum levels.