6 Common Skincare & Makeup Habits That Are Making Your Oily Skin Even Oilier

6 Common Skincare & Makeup Habits That Are Making Your Oily Skin Even Oilier

Skin Care
ByKarmen on 07 Aug 2020 Digital Editor

Anyone with oily skin will know how much of a pain it is to manage it.

The reason we get oily skin is that sebaceous glands in the skin produce too much sebum. There are some common skincare and makeup habits that you may have that is contributing to even more production of oil.

Keep reading to find out more! 

#1 Over-washing your face

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When your skin looks shiny, your instinct might be to wash it until its squeaky clean. In reality, this is only a short-term solution as stripping your skin of natural oils and over-washing it will cause an overproduction of oil to compensate for the lost oils. That's why your skin will get even oilier just moments later.

Try not to cleanse your face more than twice a day or use leave-on clarifying face masks more than twice a week, and avoid harsh cleansers that leave your skin feeling dry.

#2 Scrubbing your face too harshly

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Scrubbing your skin harder doesn't make it cleaner and less shiny. On the contrary, aggressive scrubbing will cause an overproduction of oil as a response similar to #1.

Cleanse your face using gentle circular motions and avoid scrubbing your skin harshly when using cotton pads or makeup remover wipes.

#3 Over-exfoliating your skin

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Sensing a pattern here? Much like cleansing, the same goes for exfoliation! Stay away from harsh exfoliating scrubs and avoid any skincare product that contains alcohol as it can be drying on the skin. Go for gentle glycolic or retinol-based exfoliants instead.


#4 Using too many skincare products

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The more the merrier mantra doesn't apply to skincare for ladies with oily skin! Using too many skincare products can disrupt your skin from regulating oil production which ends up in oily skin.

Keep your skincare routine as simple as possible. The basics you need are a cleanser, oil-free moisturiser and sunscreen. You can add on a little more like toners and masks but make sure to monitor your skin and avoid using too many products that will only make your skin even oilier.

#5 Skipping primer

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Primer is an important step for ladies with oily skin! Common oily skin makeup problems are foundation and concealer melting off and skin becoming an oil slick. A primer that's formulated for oily skin can help with both, keeping your skin looking matte and making your makeup last longer.

#6 You're using foundation that's not suitable for oily skin

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 Foundation
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Even if you want to achieve that dewy Korean glass skin look, it's best to avoid any foundation that's designed to give you that. These contain light-reflecting particles or create a shiny finish that won't last long on oily skin and will make it look even oilier.

Opt for an oil-free, matte finish foundation and apply a light layer of setting powder. One of the best long-lasting foundations is the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 Foundation ($71) that creates a natural matte finish and won't clog pores. Check out the best setting powders and other makeup products for oily skin.

Share this article with your friends who have an oily-skin type too! ❤️

Text by: GirlStyle SG

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