Did you know that it's very normal (and even healthy) for your skin to produce oil? Sebum is an oily or waxy-like substance produced by your sebaceous glands to moisturize and protect your skin and hair.
However, your skin becomes oily in texture when your glands produce excessive sebum. This results in a buttery or greasy surface, clogged pores, and even acne. Too much oil production causes multiple skin issues. For this reason, if you have an oily skin type, you need a specially curated oily skin care routine to meet your skin’s unique needs. (1)
To get rid of your worst nightmare, which is acne, blackheads, whiteheads, and other skin-related concerns, you must take proper care of your skin. One of the critical causes of oily skin is excessive dehydration. To compensate for the lack of oil, your sebaceous glands go into an overdrive, resulting in an overproduction of sebum. So, the first step to good skincare is to always stay hydrated. (2)
Oily skin necessitates a skincare regimen that hydrates the skin without disrupting its oil balance. Products with astringent, antimicrobial, and moisturizing properties that do not clog your pores are ideal for oily skin.
Ayurveda suggests several natural products to help balance sebum production. You must follow the same routine every day, using products that suit your skin type. Incorporating natural skin care products in your daily skincare regimen routine will result in a holistic long-term improvement in the overall quality of your skin texture.
Let's take a look at the recommended daytime skincare routine for oily skin.
To start with your skincare routine, you must cleanse away all the excess oil from your skin. Use a face wash that contains fruit acids, citrus extracts, and other necessary elements for getting rid of skin problems and giving proper hydration to your skin.
If you have acne-prone skin, try using a face wash that fights acne and prevents your skin from breaking out. Avoid such face washes that dry out your skin excessively. Do not choose to go for over-cleansing your face. (3)
This mildly scented cleansing foam is super helpful in deep cleansing. It dries out excessive acne from your skin, helps unclog and tightens skin pores, and lowers the chances of outbreaks.
The first step in your daily skincare routine is proper cleansing, and using a harsh cleanser will lead to more and more problems. Thus, it is always advisable to use a natural ingredients cleanser that doesn't lead to breakouts, especially for people with oily skin.
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Exfoliating your greasy or oily skin 2 to 3 times per week helps keep your skin issues away. Mild exfoliation eliminates excess dirt and oil build-up. It is very beneficial for oily skin prone to blackheads and whiteheads. You're advised to follow the herbal exfoliation highly suggested in Ayurveda which promotes blood circulation, eliminates harmful toxins from your skin, and calms your irritated skin. (4)
Kumkumadi Brightening Ayurvedic Face Scrub is a luxurious skin brightening scrub containing potent Ayurvedic Kumkumadi oil and other natural skin-repairing elements. The scrub is clinically proven to tighten, brighten and smoothen your oily skin.
Exfoliating your skin once or twice a week is very beneficial to keep your face away from dirt and dust.
Toner can do wonders when it comes to balancing oil production. Oily skin is too prone to enlarged pores, particularly in the T-zone of your face. To tighten these pores and to maintain the pH balance on your skin, it’s advisable to use a gentle toner.
Pro tip - Avoid using alcohol based skin toners, as they can irritate or dry out your skin.
This is an earthy and very flowery distillation that soothes your skin. It also moisturizes and tones your skin while leaving behind its fragrance of Vetiver. The toner works as an astringent that hydrates your skin and also balances its pH. For people with oily skin, this toner is a must-have.
Do not forget to add toner to your daily morning routine because it also preps the skin for moisturisation and evens out the skin texture.
Using a face pack as a part of your skincare regimen controls the excess amount of sebum production and makes your skin appear more matte. It is also soothing and refreshing for the skin. (5)
This Ayurvedic Face Pack contains the goodness of fresh Haldi (Turmeric) and Chandan (Sandalwood) that smoothen your skin from within and provide a youthful vibrance.
Use this face pack once or twice a week to bring a natural glow to your skin while also controlling excess oil.
A serum is a great skincare product that can bring many benefits and undivided improvement by managing oil production and reducing the extra sebum on your skin. Applying face serum on your face can also treat your hormonal acne and cystic acne. It gives a very hydrating texture to your skin, which is different from greasy skin. (6)
This face oil is super-nourishing and moisturizing, and helps restore lost moisture and improve the texture of your skin. To keep your skin hydrated all the time, this face oil forms a strong barrier in the form of moisture on your skin. This can prevent excess sebum production from skin dehydration or dryness.
Applying face serum can work like magic on a lot of skin-related issues. However, make sure that you only use a clinically proven Ayurvedic-based formulation serum because of its natural properties. Harsh serums with chemicals and acids can disrupt your skin’s natural barrier, leading to more issues in the long term.
Read - An Expert Guide To Using A Face Serum For Best Benefits
Most people with oily skin type feel that their skin doesn’t require moisturisation and miss this important step. Moisturizers play a massive role in forming a solid layer that helps protect your skin from external damage. It locks the moisture and stops your skin from producing too much sebum. Always opt for a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic, free of parabens and sulfates and formulated with natural ingredients. (7)
This cream has Ayurvedic ingredients that moisturize and soften your skin from within. It also acts as a barrier to protect your skin from external dirt and pollution.
Never miss the application of day cream on your skin. It plays a crucial role in maintaining the oil balance in your skin.
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Sunscreens provide absolute protection from the sun damage and keep your skin hydrated. It is always advisable to use sunscreen as the last step in the daytime skincare routine. (8)
This is a non-comedogenic daily-to-use sunscreen that helps protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun. It boosts hydration on your skin and keeps it even-toned. It also saves you from pollution, dust, and dirt.
Apply the sunscreen 10 minutes before leaving your house and keep applying after every 3 hours, especially when you're out and exposed to the sun. Never step out before applying sunscreen to avoid sunburn and dark spots.
This was all about your daytime skincare routine. It feels so amazing when you're done with your skincare, and finally, you notice a radiant glow on your face filled with happiness and satisfaction.
Now, let's take a look at your new nighttime skincare routine because it's essential to give your skin a little bit of treat during the night.
Your night time skin care routine helps your skin recover from the damage it goes through during the day. During the night, skin cells renew and rejuvenate. With the right skin care products, you can help reduce signs of aging and maintain the texture of your skin so that it appears fresh and radiant.
After coming from a big exhausting day, you need something relaxing and refreshing. The first thing you need to do is clean your face using an oil-based cleanser that cleans your face, removes makeup, and takes away all the excess oil from your face. These cleansers play a massive role in taking away all the results of external elements your skin might have been exposed to while you were out all day. (9)
This is specifically an oil-based cleanser made with the goodness of Kumkumadi Oil. This cleansing oil provides clear skin, nourishment, and illuminating shine.
An oil cleanser like this is a must-have for oily skin. You can notice a vibrant shine on your face after each use.
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If you want even-toned skin, apply the toner again during the night. The process of toning can remove all the oil and dullness from your face and bring that natural shine without making it greasy. (10)
This is a beautiful toner that ensures the hygiene and purity of your skin. It's essential to maintain your skin's pH balance to prevent excess oil production. This toner can help you do so while also providing extra shine and hydration.
Night cream or serum is the last process of skincare. Do not miss this step, as it provides barrier-like protection to your skin during the night time so that your skin does not produce more oil while you're asleep. It is like a night treatment you're providing to your skin. Here are our top recommendations -
This rich & non-greasy formula is the perfect leave-in night treatment for oily skin. It has a special blend of precious and rare ingredients that help in getting youthful, naturally radiant skin. It is also clinically proven to reduce signs of aging & brighten skin tone.
This is an anti-aging oil that helps reduce wrinkles, dark circles, and other signs of aging by providing youthful and oil-free skin.
The serum has now been clinically proven to illuminate the skin while also delaying the onset of aging signs.
The nighttime routine ends here. We hope you're going to follow this day and night skincare regimen strictly every day. It takes around one month to see a considerable change. You need to be patient enough and trust the process before you finally see the desired results. The oily skin texture is not a problem, all you're required to do is maintain the balance so that it doesn't lead to skin issues.
Shreya Dalela is a certified Yoga instructor and a professional dancer trained at The Danceworx. She’s passionate about Ayurveda and holistic living with over 6 years of experience in doing extensive research and content creation in the domain.
Certified Ayurvedic Doctor (Central Council of Indian Medicine) working in Kama Ayurveda as an Assistant Training Manager.