Oily skin will age the slowest of the skin types, but you have to deal with shine and probably breakouts. If you have acne, you should read our acne guide.
oily skin regime to combat aging:
- Use an exfoliating wash containing glycolic acid or lactic acid to reduce grime and dead skin buildup. A Salicylic acid cleanser can be too drying, unless it is balanced with hydrating ingredients. Wash your skin morning and night. (CLNS – Organic Green Tea Cleanser is a good lactic acid cleanser).
- Tone with an alcohol-free toner. ( Restoar Apple Cider Vinegar Face Toner works well)
- Apply a water-based antioxidant serum (we love Kypris Beauty Antioxidant Dew).
- Contrary to what you may think, oily skin needs hydration. Moisturizers smooth the skin and prevent wrinkles. In the AM, use a moisturizer with sunscreen ( I like Juice Beauty Oil Free SPF Moisturizer), at night use a light moisturizer or non-comedogenic facial oil (learn what those are here).
Retinols will speed up cell turnover and prevent clogged pores. For a natural alternative to synthetic retinoids, try Kypris Beauty’s Moonlight Catalyst.
Exfoliating with scrubs can be too irritating for people prone to acne. It is better to use a chemical exfoliate such as glycolic or lactic acid 2-3 times a week. Look for pads or lotions containing these chemical exfoliates. ( I recommend The Magic Pads Glycolic Acid Pads).
A yogurt face mask is a natural source of lactic acid that breaks up dead skin cells. A clay mask can be used once a week to adsorb excess oil and prevent breakouts (We like May Lindstrom’s Clean Dirt).