Debunking 4 Common Myths About Oily Skin
Oily skin may at times feel like a challenge to manage, and there is no shortage of conflicting information out there when it comes to managing and balancing this skin type.
Perhaps the biggest oily skin myth one of all is that breakouts, excess oil and non-stop shine can’t be improved without drastic changes to your life! The truth is sometimes just switching your products or creating a new skincare routine can make a huge impact with consistent use.
The most prevalent myths we’ve found are:
MYTH 1: STAY AWAY FROM OILY FOOD & PRODUCTS
A healthy, balanced diet is of course beneficial for your entire body, not just your skin, but cutting out oil entirely in your diet does not correlate to significantly less oily skin!
Plus, not all oil is bad; especially those which are extracted from natural ingredients. Cast your mind back to science class where we were taught ‘like dissolves like’. In much the same way, beneficial oils can help dissolve excess oil on the skin.
Jojoba oil is a popular option for skin given its similar composition to your own skin and ability to regulate sebum production and prevent breakouts caused by clogged pores.
Rosehip oil is another example of a skincare oil that is quickly absorbed and unlikely to clog pores. It also contains retinoids can help to clear acne, plus has skin brightening and anti-aging properties.
Exfoliating with a product like Stemlab’s Rosehip Detoxifying Exfoliant Paste will help to gently buff away dead skin cells which can trap bacteria and oil underneath, delivering smoother, clearer skin over time.
MYTH 2: ONLY CHEMICAL PRODUCTS FOR WILL HELP OILY SKIN
Glycolic and salicylic acids are two examples of the main chemical exfoliants used in skincare for oily skin. They are effective in many cases, but can also can be irritating to skin and disrupt your skin’s mantle (the delicate barrier that protects skin from severe damage) because of their chemical nature.
A natural approach with the right products can work wonders for oily skin. Begin by washing skin twice a day (morning and night) with a product like our Ultra Purifying Gel Cleanser (it contains the active ingredients of white willow bark and fruit enzymes) will get to work balancing oil and smoothing skin tone and texture.
These ingredients are proven to help actively clear skin by reducing the appearance of breakouts, as well as the chance of new ones occurring.
MYTH 3: WEARING MOISTURISER WILL MAKE SKIN OILIER
This is not the case! Let’s say you are using a rich cream formula, that is usually more targeted towards dry or mature skin types and it might feel heavy on your skin and make it feel even oilier.
A lightweight formula with active ingredients that balance oil and still deeply replenish moisture (because oily skin needs hydration too!) is important in managing your skin type.
The Stemlab Hydra+ Rejuvenating Cream contains soothing Jojoba oil, CO-Enzyme Q10 (a pretty amazing protective and rejuvenating ingredient that boosts collagen) and brightening ingredients like malic acid (which gently resurfaces and is comes from fruits).
MYTH 4: LESS IS MORE – LEAVE OILY SKIN ALONE
Myth debunked! If you leave your skin alone, not only are you unlikely to see any significant improvements, but you also won’t be helping to manage other aspects that impact your skin health, such as free radicals (think ozone pollution, UV rays, and other environmental stressors that can damage your skin).
Adding antioxidant and vitamin rich products in your routine can help improve a range of conditions, including balancing oil and minimising breakouts.
One of the most effective inclusions to your skincare for oily skin is a lightweight super-powered serum. For a breakout and oil regulating serum, the Repair & Glow Serum from Stemlab contains Niacinamide and Vitamin E to heal skin and reduce inflammation (a common breakout aggravator).
In the evening a natural Anti-aging Retinol serum is ideal not just for battling blemishes, but also reversing the sign of premature aging and delivering a deep dose of nutrients for healthier skin.
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