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Oily skin type? Here’s the ‘why’, ‘how to’ and everything in between

It is summertime a.k.a the time for oily skin people to prepare themselves for the onslaught of excess sebum, acne, pimples, greasy skin and other skin flare-ups. While with everything else, it is about staying in and using your sunscreen to battle the summer heat, greasy skin and the constant flare-ups can be a sign of oily skin. Knowing your skin type can be a big blessing in choosing the right path for your skincare routine. Which brings us to the next set of questions – “What are the potential reasons for oily skin?” and “How do you tackle them to reap the benefits of good skincare?”

How to know if you have oily skin?

Before this question is answered, it’s important to understand that every skin type has its own pros & cons and having oily skin is not a bad thing.

In likely cases, environmental conditions, stress, hormonal changes and diet are some external factors that can flare up the oil glands in your skin which are otherwise known as sebaceous glands. However, the one of the most common reasons for oily skin is genetics.

In simpler terms, oily skin generates more oil than other skin types, resulting in excess sebum, shine, clogged pores that make your face more prone to acne, pimples and blackheads.

Choosing the right products is key!

A good cleanser for oily skin is the first step to keep the oil at bay. Simple’s Refreshing facial wash is a holy grail for oily skin.

Next would be a serum. A serum with hemp seed oil is a great addition to sooth inflammation. It’s a common misconception that oils aren’t good for oily skin. However, using the right amount (just 2-3 drops) improves skin elasticity, and counteracts the overproduction of sebum. A great start would be the Simple Booster Serum with 10% Hemp seed oil + B3.

During summertime, it’s best to look for a face cream that’s either water-based or gel-based. You can even choose a face lotion that has a thin, runny consistency.

What foods can we eat / avoid

Foods to eat:
  • A diet that’s rich in minerals and vitamins is your best bet.
  • If you want to indulge in snacks, opt for baked goods than fried options.
  • During summertime, keep yourself hydrated with coconut water, lemonade and cucumber water. This keeps your skin hydrated.

Foods to avoid:

  • Avoid eating too much meat as they generate body heat which further flares-up the oil glands.
  • Keep fried foods to a minimum. Go for oil-free options that are steamed or baked.

Oily skincare myths: busted!

  • “You can get rid of oily skin” - Whether your skin in oily, dry or normal, you cannot change the natural state of your skin as it is genetical. Therefore, one must not strive to look for such remedies as they lead to excessive skin irritation and quite possibly skin damage.
  • “You have oily skin? Oh, you don’t need moisturizer” - This statement couldn’t be far from the truth. So go on, bust it by looking for a moisturizer that suits your skin type like the Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser.

Here’s how moisturizer plays a vital role for oily skin – massaging your face and neck with a lightweight face cream not only restores hydration and gives your face a healthy glow it also regulates the oil secretion. Trust us, your future-self will thank you.

  • “You can get rid of oily skin” - Whether your skin in oily, dry or normal, you cannot change the natural state of your skin as it is genetical. Therefore, one must not strive to look for such remedies as they lead to excessive skin irritation and quite possibly skin damage.
  • “I have oily skin. Therefore, I have to cleanse my face 3 times” - This is a big no-no! Do you know what happens when you over cleanse your face? It strips the oil from your face, leaving it extra dry and irritated. This will aggravate the oil glands even more, leading them to make your face even oilier. No matter the skin type, in the end, maintaining the natural oils of your face is what’s healthy for overall skin health.

So, always choose a mild facewash like the Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash which is known to be the best cleanser for oily skin. You only need to cleanse your face once or twice a day.

The perfect oily skin routine with simple

Start with a good makeup remover and a good micellar water does the job beautifully. The Simple Daily Skin Detox Oil with Micellar Water helps you take care of pore-clogging impurities and excess oil with ingredients like thyme, zinc and witch hazel. It leaves no greasy residue and instantly leaves your skin refreshed and matte.

The Simple Daily Skin Detox Purifying Face Wash can be a ready reckoner if you want to finish up your cleansing routine perfectly. With this effective face wash, you can instantly control shine and make sure your skin is deeply cleansed off dirt, oil and makeup. P.S gel washes are a preferred choice for oily skin.

When it comes to a serum, make sure you choose one that’s gentle and that’s why the Simple Booster Serum with 10% Hemp Seed Oil makes for a good one. It’s light on skin, non-sticky, non-greasy and protects the skin barrier well. Plus, hemp is great to reduce inflammation.

Always use a good moisturiser to seal it all in and nothing beats the heat better than the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser - it’s super light and can be layered on easily. It gives your skin that extra hydration without making it greasy and it’s enriched with Vitamin E - what’s not to love!

Extra: When in doubt or have oily skin that triggers acne, let the Simple Daily Skin Detox SOS Clearing Booster be your guide to keeping your skin safe and happy. This is a multi-faceted product that can be used as moisturiser, spot cream and a primer. It helps reduce redness and soothe irritation, so you can use it if your skin is feeling particularly weighed down by acne or oiliness.

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