Congested pores, dull complexion, uneven skin, whiteheads and blackheads are actually signs of clogged skin and it does not happen only on young people but also on adults. Also known as open comedones, blackheads are actually small plugs that seal the pores. They are made of oils, dead cells and sebum, due to exposure to the air, the plug darkens. On the other hand, whiteheads stay under the skin surface and covered by debris, so they remain lighter in color.
Whiteheads, blackheads, and clogged pores occur due to a few factors, such as accumulated toxins, excess fat and sebum. In addition, pollution, dead skin cells, make-up and dirt can enter the open pores, which continuously produce sebum and oil. Always cleanse, tone and moisturise daily, as well as, exfoliating and using a mask at least once a week. Booking in for a facial with a professional beauty therapist is advisable once a month and is very beneficial if you made it a regular occurrence. Below are some ways which are important to note when combating oily skin.
Proper cleaning routine: It is essential to clean our skin from dirt and traces of pollution each day. Use a mild cleanser, as using very dry and harsh cleaners will exacerbate the problem, leading to increased oil production. If your skin is tight and dry after washing, things can get worse. Avoid products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate, as it can increase the skin pH level, again it will increase oil production. Ogra Moisturising Facial Cleanser, available to purchase, at Re>Nu Treatment Rooms, in The Tower Hotel, Waterford, is an excellent cleanser for removing impurities and leaving the skin clean and free of impurities.
Gentle exfoliation: To reduce clogged and congested pores, the top layer of your skin should remain clear of dead skin cells. Some products are very effective in removing dead skin cells. Regular use of scrub or facial exfoliants can help to get rid of dead skin cells that clog your pores. Removing dead cells layer also allows moisturizer to work more efficiently. Ogra’s Monoi Tiare Petal Exfoliant is gentle enough to use every 3 days and it contains organic peat so it’s super healing on the skin.
Facial Steam: Fill a basin of hot water and add 2-3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, available from most good pharmacies/health shops. Lean over the basin and cover your head with a towel for about 15 minutes. The health benefits of eucalyptus oil are well-known and wide ranging, and its properties include anti-inflammatory, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, and other medicinal qualities. It’s also great for your respiratory system so will aid in clearer breathing as well as helping to brighten your complexion and cleanse pores.
Lifestyle and dietary habits: Drinking a lot of water can help to remove toxins from our system and regular exercises will allow smoother lymphatic flow. Together, these two factors will contribute to lower level of toxins. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, lean protein, healthy fats, nuts and seeds is good for our skin because it contains many vitamins, antioxidants and minerals that promote a healthier skin.
My top tips for oily skin are;
– Always remove your make-up before going to bed.
– Make sure your moisturiser is nice and light and not too heavy.
– When buying a foundation, make sure its a matte foundation, as this will help prevent shine.
– Using a mattefying setting powder will help your foundation to stay in place and also prevent shine.
– Blotting paper is a handy little addition to have in your handbag for using throughout the day in helping to remove excess oil.
I hope this has helped some of you and that maybe you picked up one or two tips.
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