ORIGINAL CONTENT BY DREA OF AINI ORGANIX, AND ROSHANNE OF COCOLEM | CURATED BY COCO & CURL
Sunny summer days can leave those of us with oily or combination skin extra sticky. Everything from using your phone or sunglasses to wearing makeup suddenly becomes a bit more uncomfortable or messy - not to mention the higher chances of getting breakouts.
While it's true that your skin's type and behavior are based on genetics, there are ways to manipulate it into doing what you want it to do. But that also means incorrect or excessive manipulation can lead your skin to do the exact opposite of what you want it to do.
Coco & Curl vendors Drea (Aini Organix) and Roshanne (Cocolem) have shared their Natural advice on figuring out what steps to avoid and what steps to embrace if you want that summer glow without the extra oiliness.
Roshanne explains that there are three main factors behind excessively oily skin, including: over washing, over-exfoliation and using products that contain harsh ingredients.
You'll come to understand why those things contribute to skin oiliness through Roshanne and Drea's tips on what you should be doing in your summer skincare routine.
With cleansing, Drea suggests washing in the morning and at night with a gentle oil-free serum, like her Papaya Brightening Serum.
Regular exfoliation can go hand in hand with daily cleansing for great skin when done properly (read Coco & Curl's tips for exfoliation here). Drea prefers soap-based exfoliating scrubs for hotter summer days.
Introduce Hydrators & Oils into Your Post-Wash Skincare Routine | This seems a little counter-intuitive - aren't we trying to get rid of oils, not add them to our skin? Yes and no.
The goal is to balance your skin oils, not to completely strip them away - so DO NOT skip moisturizing if you've been dealing with extra oiliness. Leaving skin excessively dry will result in disproportionate oil production. Conversely, the addition of oils tricks your skin into thinking it has produced enough natural oils.
Some of Roshanne's favorite natural, post-wash hydrators include:
hyaluronic acid (HA) | naturally found in the skin and can hold up to 1000x its own weight in moisture
vegetable glycerin | maintains the skin's water balance, hydrates oily skin without leaving it looking greasy
& raw aloe vera | a natural and powerful antioxidant, moisturizer, acne combatant, inflammatory and healing gel from the aloe vera plant
Once you've washed and hydrated, seal in moisture with a light oil rather than a heavy butter or facial cream. Some of Roshanne's go-to facial oils are:
hemp oil | rich in vitamins A, B, C, E and essential fatty acids that encourage cell rejuvenation, help to boost collagen product and protect the skin from damaging free radicals
& jojoba oil | is similar to natural skin oils and contains anti-inflammatory properties that help to soothe overworked skin
Stay Hydrated | Moisturizing is so important, but hydrating on the inside also makes a difference. Oily skin = dehydrated skin.
Roshanne notes that, "Oily skin can occur when skin is dehydrated. It lacks moisture and so, in an attempt to re-hydrate, the skin produces its own natural emollient called sebum. Sebum is an oily secretion that serves to waterproof, lubricate and protect the skin".
Water dilutes all your bodily secretions - so if you're properly hydrated, rather than secreting a thick oil, your glands will secrete a lighter oil. This will result in less clogging and fewer breakouts.
A good way to check your hydration levels is to check the color of your pee - the lighter and clearer it is, the more likely you're properly hydrated.
Masks | Masking is another great way to tighten pores and drain them of excess oils. Look for detoxifying ingredients like lemon, charcoal, kaolin and bentonite.
Juice up your favorite mask with a couple drops of rosemary oil or tea tree oil for some extra oil balancing.
A Final Word of Advice | If you're not seeing results immediately, it's alright. Roshanne notes that "cultivating and sticking to a consistent skincare regime takes time, effort, patience and persistence. Don't be discouraged if you don't see immediate improvements, as when introducing new products to your routine, your skin may go through a purge period before settling down into its replenished glory."