3 Reasons Why You Should Thank Your Oily Skin 0
3 Reasons Why You Should Thank Your Oily Skin
What causes oily skin?
Oily skin is caused by the overproduction of sebum from sebaceous glands located just under the skins surface. Sebum is important for helping to moisturize and protect your skin. But since sebum is essentially made of fats too much of it can cause clogged pores and acne.
No one likes greasy skin so, we’ve put together a few ways you can manage it.
Tips on managing oily skin:
- Wash your face twice a day – If your skin is prone to acne try finding a very gentle exfoliating cleanser, preferably with salicylic acid, that can be used daily. Removing excess oil and dead skin cells is essential for maintaining a clear and smooth complexion. But don’t go crazy with the washing. Washing your face too often can dry out your skin to the point where your body starts producing more oil to balance out the dryness.
- Remove your makeup – This may seem obvious but you would be surprised to know how many women don’t take of their makeup at night! All that foundation and blush that’s been seeping into your skin all day is clogging your pores. By keeping your makeup on at night you are preventing dead skin, dirt and oil from being removed, which causes those nasty breakouts.
- Moisturize – Yes, that’s right, you need to moisturize! A lot of people who suffer from oily skin tend to think that dry is good and that lotions and moisturizers will make your skin oilier. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Moisture is not the same thing as oil. By skipping your moisturizer you are causing your skin into producing more oil to compensate the lack of moisture. Although it is important to find the right moisturizer for your skin. Avoid moisturizers containing cocoa butter, lanolin, mineral oil and petrolatum. Instead look for a non-comedogenic (meaning it wont clog pores) moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, aloe and glycerin.
- Use blotting paper – You wake up in the morning, cleanse, moisturize and put on your favorite foundation. You feel flawless…until you look in the mirror after lunch and realize your face is as greasy as a burger. Resist the temptation to cake on more powder and use your trusty blotting paper instead! Layering on more makeup will create layers of dirt and oil clogging your pores without actually removing any oil. Blotting paper will gently remove oil without smudging all your makeup. Gross tip: if you’re desperate for blotting paper and don’t have any you can use a piece of a toilet liner. A fresh, clean one! A bit gross but effective.
- Choose your makeup wisely – Just like your moisturizer be careful what makeup you choose. Look for oil free, water based foundation and blush as these are the products directly covering the majority of your face. To prevent creasing on oily eyelids avoid using concealer on the lid and apply a primer made specifically for eyelids instead.
- Natural remedies – You’re washing your face twice a day, maintaining healthy moisture levels and reading the ingredient labels on your products obsessively but you still need a bit of help? Some natural home remedies might do the trick. Honey has great antibacterial and antiseptic properties that will fight acne and moisturize. Egg whites and lemon are a great option to tighten pores and absorb oil. Mix any of these ingredients together to create a mask and watch your skin transform!
Why you should thank your oily skin:
- It protects you – Your skin is your largest and most exposed organ. Research shows that the oil produced by your skin is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin E. Antioxidants help protect your skin from free radicals and potentially prevent diseases such as cancer and even Alzheimer’s.
- Slows down aging – Oily skin prevents wrinkles due to the natural smoothing and moisturizing effects of the oil. Also oily skin is less likely to become inflamed and inflammation leads to wrinkles.
- Protects against the sun – Have you ever noticed that you don’t burn as much in the sun as some of your dry skinned friends? That’s because the excess oil on your skin is actually protecting you against the sun and the suns harmful UV rays. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t wear SPF but its nice to have that extra bit of protection. Thanks oily skin!
3 Reasons Why you should start using a Vitamin C Product Today! 0
- Collagen Production
By age 20 the production of collagen in our skin is reduced by 1% every year. By age 40 our skin stops producing collagen entirely!
Incase you didn’t know, collagen is a natural protein produced by our bodies that keeps our skin firm and prevent the appearance of wrinkles. By our mid 30’s we start to notice slight wrinkles and sagging skin, and that’s only when we’ve lost about 10% of our bodies natural collagen production.
Vitamin C naturally boosts your body’s production of collagen giving your skin a tighter, firmer feel. Using a Vitamin C product is a good first step to fight the onset of wrinkles.
- Protection against the sun
Everyone knows that overexposure to sunlight causes major damage to your skin. From hyper-pigmentation to premature aging and the much dreaded skin cancer.
It’s always a good idea to regularly use sunscreen as part of your skin care routine but did you know Vitamin C also offers much needed protection from the suns harmful rays?
While sunscreen shields the outer layer of your skin from the sun, Vitamin C works from within by thickening the dermis layer of your skin. Using sunscreen with a Vitamin C product will decrease your chances of getting skin cancer, counteract harmful effects of ultraviolet rays and even lighten brown spots.
(The effects of sun and pollution to your skin)
- Acts as an antioxidant
I’m sure you’ve heard the word “Antioxidant” before, but what does that mean? Antioxidants protect the skin against free radicals. Your body produces free radicals when you come into contact with ultraviolet rays, smoke and exhaust fumes. Free radicals react with oxygen and in turn may reduce the amount of oxygen carried to your cells. Too many free radicals damage your cells so that they function poorly or die. First the sun is trying to destroy you and now, so is the air around you!
So what are the visible benefits of antioxidants you might ask? Products that have ingredients such as green tea or pine bark contain antioxidants that calm redness and inflammation. Antioxidants help plump out the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as making your skin look firmer. Antioxidants can also be helpful in treating scars caused by cuts, acne and sun damage by increasing blood flow to the scar tissue.
Vitamin C products are rich in antioxidants and can help restore and regenerate your skin for a visibly more youthful complexion!
How do I get my hands on some Vitamin C?
Now that you are fully terrified of all the ways your body and the elements can destroy your skin, lets talk about what you can do to prevent it!
Natural sources of Vitamin C
So naturally (ha-ha see what I did there?) one of the best sources of Vitamin C is found in food. Besides the obvious oranges and lemons, Vitamin C can be found in papaya, broccoli, kiwi, red bell pepper, strawberries and brussel sprouts.
Healthy eating is great but we’re talking about skin here. We are firm believers in using topical Vitamin C products in daily skin care routines as well. Products that are for the skin and absorbed directly into the skin!
Vitamin C Serum
This product is packed with antioxidants as well as aloe vera gel, Canadian willow herb extract, green tea and ceramides.
After cleansing and toning your skin in the morning apply the Vitamin C Serum and then top it off with a moisturizer that contains SPF. One of the extra benefits of this serum is that it is oil free. Tip- Keep the serum refrigerated to prevent it oxidizing too quickly.
Vitamin C Cream
Loaded with aloe vera gel, grape seed oil and RNA/DNA as well as all your antioxidants.
Apply in the morning after your cleanser and toner. Unlike the serum this product acts as a moisturizer but you will still need to apply a foundation or sunscreen with SPF on top of it. This cream is a good option if you tend to have very dry or sensitive skin.
Vitamin C Lip Treatment with SPF 15
The perfect on-the-go lip protection. Not only is this packed with Vitamin C, it also contains SPF15, vitamin A and E along with chamomile, jojoba and avocado oil. All these ingredients protect and soften your lips.
The best part is it comes in clear or tinted shades!
Vitamin C can do a world of good for your skin. If you start incorporating it into your skin care routine at a young age you can majorly slow down aging and protect your skin from so many forms of damage caused by everyday life. It’s never to late to start using a good vitamin C product, the benefits are endless!
- Sue Slutsky
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