If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, this topic may come as a shock to you because it sure did for me. As a girl with combination/mostly oily skin, I’ve always been on the look out for mattifying makeup or skincare that specifically targets oily skin. This is an amateur mistake I’ve been making for ages until a couple years ago.
If you didn’t know that products targeting oily skin actually make your skin oilier, it’s okay. It actually makes more sense for you to believe that rather than believe oils are better for oily skin. This has been such a debatable topic that I’ve seen floating around social media and today, I’m going to attempt at clearing it up.
Combination or Oily Skin
When someone has combination skin, it means that their t-zone is prone to getting oily over the course of the day however other parts of their face may either be normal or a bit drying. Oily skin is when you produce excess sebum and oils all over the face and in a short amount of time throughout the day.
Combination skin is probably one of the hardest types of skin to conquer as you’re faced with very distinct characteristics of the skin – normal/dry or oily. As a person with combo skin, I can definitely relate to having trouble when it comes to finding the appropriate skincare routine. In summer time, I am sweating from every pore in my face which is far from attractive – I’ll glow like a disco ball in about 2 hours in the sun and not the nice kind of glow either. In winter, I feel my t-zone getting oilier by the hour however there is a dehydrating feeling as well.
Skincare for combination/oily skin
As a make up artist and beauty enthusiast, you can probably imagine how much time and money I would have spent on ‘oil-free’ moisturisers and serums alongside all the mattifying primers and setting sprays. But this is completely normal. For anyone experiencing combo or oily skin will know how irritating it is to feel like a grease monkey every few hours. The fact that we have to fool proof out make up and carry around powders is such a make up set back! I only ever want to carry around my touch up lipstick.
It wasn’t until about a year or 2 ago that the internet put people like me on blast. Kind of like how did you not know about using oils for oily skin is waaay better than that other stuff? At first, it definitely sounded strange to me – how would oils make oily skin feel better? I just wasn’t convinced and I was not at a point in my life where I wanted to strut around town with a face so oily you can fry an egg on #letsbereal.
Let’s put it this way: Putting the right type of oil on oily skin will help regulate your skin for a healthier and more balanced complexion. Using aggressive skin treatments that claim to help oily skin tend to actually strip away your natural oil production which we need. In turn, your skin is aggravated and the sebaceous glands will overcompensate, producing even more oils as a defense mechanism. In order to treat oily skin, you need to help support it instead of trying to get rid of it (it’ll never go away).
5 Best Oils for Combo/Oily Skin
So here are my top 5 oils that have worked for me. If you have oily skin and you’ve never used oils before, it’s going to feel a little weird – so my suggestion is applying it at night time and having it seep in overnight until you get used to the feeling.
Before we get into the oils, let’s get one thing straight – not every oil is right for your skin. The biggest misconception is the use of coconut oil. It’s an amazing oil that works wonders for almost everything, but just because it works for one person, it doesn’t mean it works for you. So this is all trial and error, you need to research and work out which one works right for you.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is especially great for oily and acne prone skin as it does not leave you feeling greasy after application. Tea tree oil has a strong scent however it is considered safe to apply directly as a topical (always do your patch test just in case!). It’s known as a bacterial killer and also helps with inflammation.
Lavender oil has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which are great for re-balancing oil production on the skin. Lavender oil can help heal the skin and reduce redness which is great for those acne prone skin types which tend to be more sensitive.
Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil contains Vitamin C and antioxidants that help balance the skin with it’s oil controlling properties. There are many serums that contain grape seed oil as a key ingredient that you can find from your local pharmacy or drugstore.
Neroli Essential Oil
Neroli oil comes from the blossom of the bitter orange tree. This oil is great for both oily and dry skin as it is good for regulating sebum production in the skin. With its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, it’s also great for reducing acne and eczema – it smells amazing too! Neroli essential oil needs to be diluted so you can add a few drops of it to aloe vera gel or a moisturiser so you can use at night.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon is a great home remedy for many things however as an essential oil, it has even more amazing factors. Lemon essential oil is a powerful astringent that helps reduce excess sebum and oil production on the skin.
As amazing as these oils may be, you should always do a patch test or even better double check with your doctor that they are safe to use for you especially if you suffer from any skin condition. Pay special attention to essential oils, these are never to be used directly on the skin and always need to be diluted with a carrier oil. As mentioned before, these oils may work for some but not for others so please try at your own risk 🙂