Friday, August 23, 2013

Oily Skin RX: How to Combat that Oil Slick on Your Face

[As published on HERE]
One of the best things about living in a tropical country is that the air is humid enough to go without moisturiser on lazy days (though we don’t recommend you do that too often!). The high moisture level in the air means that our skin isn’t easily stripped of moisture, and we age slower than people from Western countries.
For comparison’s sake:
Lee Sinje, 37 years old vs Lindsay Lohan, 27 years old

However, it also means we’re more prone to oily skin. Shiny T-zones are extremely common among women in Malaysia, even more so on hot days when the temperature can go up to 35 degrees and above.

Common oily-skin myths
Myth 1: Oily skin doesn’t need to be moisturised.
Avocado oil and shea butter might be touted as incredible moisturising ingredients, but they can be a tad too rich for oily skins, especially with our humid climate. What your skin doesn’t need, it doesn’t absorb, which is why you’ll find that some moisturisers leave an oily film on the skin’s surface. Try hyaluronic acid instead, which is kind to oily skin.
Oily skin MUST be moisturised, but in a correct way. Instead of heavy night creams, choose a hydrating gel-cream that absorbs quickly into the deeper layers of the skin. Instead of a creamy mask, choose a gel-type sleeping mask that won’t clog pores or burden your skin.

Myth 2: Those with oily skin should always use oil-control products.
The more you use oil-control products, the more your skin feels the need to overcompensate for the sudden ‘dry spell’ by producing more oil. Instead of using an entire range of products made for oily skin, which can draw out more moisture than necessary, incorporate a maximum of two key products into your routine. An oil-free sunblock and an oil-control foundation will suffice.

How to keep oily skin at bay
Keep blotting papers in your purse.
Blotting papers are the best way to quickly and effectively remove shine. However, do use blotting papers sparingly as they can take away too much oil and backfire. Pat gently (don’t rub vigorously!) over the T-zone and chin.
Oily Skin Tips1
  1. Clean & Clear Oil Control Film, available at major supermarkets and drugstores
  2. Inglot Oil Blotting Sheets, available at all Inglot outlets
  3. NYX Green Tea Blotting Paper, available at Sephora
If you don’t have any on hand: paper towels (those used to dry your hands) work just as well. I personally swear by them!

Use two different moisturisers.
Usually, your T-zone is shiny but your cheeks are still matte. Two different moisturisers will help to solve that problem. Use a light moisturiser on oily areas, and apply a richer one on cheeks and neck. That way, you get the best of both worlds.
Oily Skin Tips2
  1. Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream, available at all Laneige counters
  2. For Beloved One Extreme Hydration Moisture Surge Cream, available at Sephora
  3. Melvita Rose Nectar Hydrating Facial Gel, available at all Melvita outlets
If your budget doesn’t allow two moisturisers: warm a pea-sized dollop of moisturiser between your fingers, and apply on drier areas of the face first. Glide whatever is left your fingers over the oilier areas of the face.

Drink plenty of water.
In the morning, drink one full glass of water before heading out. Throughout the day, drink small amounts of warm water frequently. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty, and if you had fried or oily food for lunch, increase your water intake. Not drinking enough water will cause dehydration, which will in turn cause your skin to produce more oil.
If you hate drinking water: Try adding slices of lemon or fresh fruit to your water to make it taste better. You can also drink Japanese green tea or floral teas, but stay away from caffeinated teas. We recommend Gryphon Tea’s Artisan Selection, which carries a wide variety of floral-infused teas.


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