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The Perfect Oily Skin Care Routine

Identifying the perfect oily skin care routine is a must if you have oily skin. This is because the five different skin types all require different methods of care.

The five different skin types are; normal skin, dry skin, combination skin, oily skin and sensitive skin.

I have combination skin and I have known this for some years. My previous post on ‘skincare routine’ was about combination skin, with combination skin, your T-zone is mostly oily and you have dry patches on other parts of your face.

Skin T-zone

Do you fall into this category? Then you should read my previous post HERE.

I personally feel that most ladies have oily skin, judging from the ladies I know that is, only 3 out of 10 have normal to dry skin. It’s rather rare to find a lady who applies makeup and doesn’t have to touch up between intervals to avoid that oily look.

Do you have oily skin?

Oily skin care routine

You need to know for sure whether you truly have oily skin, it’s an essential step before you build your oily skin care routine (using this post as a guide).

With oily skin, you will typically notice;

  • Your face usually feels greasy and is shiny all over.
  • You have large pores that easily get clogged with sweat and oils.
  • A while after cleansing, oil will return.
  • Moisturizers might make you skin oiler.
  • Pimples may be a common problem.

Oily skin causes

Oily skin  causes

Oily skin typically occurs when the sebaceous glands in the skin make too much sebum. Sebum is the waxy, oily substance that protects and hydrates the skin.

What causes overproduction of sebum?

  1. Genetics
  2. Puberty
  3. Wrong skincare products
  4. Overdoing your skincare routine

Oily skin acne

Oily skin acne

With oily skin, you already have acne prone skin. Want to learn how to prevent/cure breakouts? No worries, you can read about it HERE.

Oily skin care routine (daytime)

It is really important you take note of each step and observe your skincare routine in the prescribed order, for maximum results.

1• Cleanser

Perfect oily skin care routine

Cleansing is an important step for all skin types, but it is more than important for oily skin. Start your morning with a mild oilfree cleanser to help remove dirt, excess oils and impurities that build up on your skin at night (they will clog your pores eventually if you do not get them off).

If you have specific skin concerns like pimples, you should opt for a cleanser with active ingredients that help fight acne, such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, tea tree extracts.

I strongly recommend an oil-free foaming cleanser for oily skin care routine.

2• Toner

Toners for Perfect oily skin care routine

Witch hazel product

Toners are recommended for all skin types, they help prep your skin for the next steps of your skincare routine.

For oily skin, I strongly recommend a toner that will maintain the moisture balance of your skin, and address oiliness and shine without drying out your skin.

You will find these qualities in toners that contain; witch hazel, glycolic acid, or better still, try rose water or Vitamin C toners, they work perfectly for all skin types.

3• Serum

Serum for perfect oily skin care routine

Serums help add nutrients taken off during the cleansing process back to your skin, because your skin does need some of those essential oils and nutrients to glow. With serums, you can also target the problem areas of your skin.

As an example, using Vitamin C serum will help brighten and even out dark spots and patches on your face.

4• Eye cream

Eye cream for perfect oily skin care routine

It is good you slot an eye cream into your oily skin care routine, especially if you experience puffiness or have dark eye circles. This should come right after applying your serum.

For oily skin, I strongly recommend you opt for a very lightweight eye cream (this should be indicated on the product package), using heavy or rich creams will eventually clog your pores and cause more problems to your skin.

5• Moisturizer

Lightweight moisturizer

You must be wondering why moisturizing should be part of your oily skin care routine. It should be, because it’s an essential for every skin type.

Although, the moisturizer you opt for should also be lightweight (never ignore that). You can pick a lightweight moisturizer that contains SPF or one without SPF, if you intend on using a typical sunscreen right after.

6• Sunscreen

Sunscreen for skin routine

This is the final step of your oily skin care routine.

Whatever your skin type or complexion, this is a vital step. Within just 15 minutes of exposure to the sun without protection, a lot of damage can be done, which includes; hyper-pigmentation, sun burns, and in some cases ‘skin cancer’.

A sunscreen of least SPF 30 is recommended.

Oily skin care routine (nighttime)

Nighttime skincare routine for oily skin

1• Cleanser (read more above)

2• Toner (read more above)

3• Serum (read more above)

4• Eye cream (read more above)

5• Night cream; it is advised you apply a retinol product nightly to soften fine lines, prevent wrinkles, reduce irritation and future breakouts.

For the oily skin type, I also recommend that your retinol product is lightweight.

Oily skin care routine (weekly)

1• Exfoliate

Exfoliation for perfect oily skin care routine

No matter what your skin type is, it is highly advised that you exfoliate twice or thrice a week, this helps prevent clogged pores by removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.

I recommend a face scrub/exfoliator that contains tea tree extract.

2• Sheet masks

Sheet masks are face sheets that contain skin beneficial ingredients such as minerals, vitamins, antioxidants etc.

They help hydrate, moisturize, nourish, or brighten your skin, it totally depends on which one you opt for.

They look like this (image below)

Sheet masks

You should use sheet masks once or twice a week for best results.


Face masks

Charcoal masks

You could opt for this in place of sheet masks, depending on your preference, and skin concerns you want to target.

You should you also use this once or twice a week. I strongly recommend clay or charcoal masks for oily skin, because they help absorb excess oil from the skin.

Sheet masks or face masks can be used in the morning or night depending on your schedule and personal preferences.

Quick tips for best results

Dancing gif for perfect skin

  • Be sure of your skin type before choosing your skincare routine.
  • Don’t overdo your skincare routine.
  • Always do your skin care routine in the prescribed order.
  • Drink enough water.
  • Get good sleep.
  • With the oily skin type, ensure all your cosmetic products are oil free/water-based.

That’s all for the post today! I hope you guys found this helpful.

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