Skincare Routine For Oily Skin

What’s more gorgeous than a soft glow on your skin? It makes your face look youthful and healthy. But when that dewy shine turns into an oil spill, well then, it’s a whole different story.

If you’re running through blotting paper faster than toiler paper in 2020, you can thank your sebaceous glands. These sebum producers excrete natural oils to keep your skin hydrated. But when they become overactive – BAM, there goes your makeup, sliding on down your face.

Genetics, hormonal, lifestyle and environmental factors all play a role in how oily your skin is. However, adjusting the traditional skincare routine can help minimise out-of-control shine.

Step 1: Cleanse once a day (at night)

As tempting as it may be, do not wash your face multiple times throughout the day. It’s counterintuitive, but removing too much oil actually increases sebum production.

Using warm water with a gentle cleanser (like COS Lemon Coulis Cleanser) that doesn’t dry out your pores helps avoid your glands from overcorrecting.


Step 2: Tone every morning

Use a mattifying toner to help clear away excess oil. It will also go deep into your pores for a more thorough cleanse.

If you’re not used to toners, start with a soothing product (like COS Toning Face Mist) and work up to something more potent (if you need to).


Step 3: Moisturise twice, morning and night

Most people skip this step under the guise that it will make their skin more oily. Regardless of skin type, however, moisturising is a crucial step in any routine to properly hydrate and nourish.

Be picky with your choice of product. Opt for something lightweight (like COS Madagascan Vanilla Face Custard) and ideally water-based.

Exfoliate 1-2 times a week

Dead skin cells get caught up in sebum and clog up your pores. Use a nourishing scrub (like COS Facial Exfoliator) to remove built-up debris and reduce the likelihood of acne and breakouts.

Again, don’t overdo this. Too much exfoliation may push your glands into overdrive and also irritate your skin.


Apply a face mask 1-2 times a week

Clay masks are the best for oily skin as they readily absorb sebum. The kaolin in clay removes excess oil while also soothing and helping prevent blemishes.

The proper skincare goes a long way to controlling excessive shine, especially when it’s matched with proper diet, good sleep and a low-stress lifestyle. And remember, naturally-powered beauty is the best kind.