Caring for oilier skin is quite the battle when you’re in your teens and twenties. Thankfully, when you hit your thirties, oil production in the skin wanes to more manageable levels. There’s no end to the spot-busting lotions for younger girls that promise to deliver clearer skin. As quick fixes, these products are fine, but they’re only part of the solution for managing oily skin.
Even though you wash them off, foams and mousses for oilier skin should have some deep- cleansing action. Cleansers for oilier skins contain ingredients such as salicylic acid. These help to break down oil in the pores, reducing break-outs, without drying out the skin. Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Cleansing Mousse (Boots, €6.29) contains natural salicylic acid from willow bark to deep cleanse. With oily skin, steer clear of lotions or cream cleansers. The residue left on the skin could clog pores.
At least once or twice a week. Take care not to over-exfoliate and disrupt the natural balance of the skin. Vichy Purete Thermale Detoxifying Exfoliating Cream (€14.75) helps to clean pores without drying out the skin.
Exfoliating clears dead skin and excess oil – a mask will further cleanse the pores. Pixy’s Rose Cleansing Mud (€9.50) marries two natural muds to eliminate impurities.
Wear sunscreen to limit sun damage and slow ageing. An oil-free sunscreen provides protection without blocking pores or resulting in increased shine. Clinique’s City Block Sheer SPF 25 is a top-notch solution (€20.50).
Whatever your skin type, over-25s need an eye cream. Try The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Eye Duo (€18.50)