THE RIGHT OILY SKIN CARE REGIME
Step 1: Cleanse
The first port of call when taking care of oily skin is to cleanse away impurities. Oil breeds bacteria, and bacteria leads to breakouts. Cleansing for oily skin types is about removing the excess oil, but keeping the natural balance.
Make sure your hands are clean to keep any further dirt out of your pores, and gently massage your cleanser in with your fingertips. The general consensus is to apply cleanser upwards, in a circular motion – this prevents wrinkles forming.
Reach for: NIVEA Pure Effect Clean Deeper Daily Wash Scrub
Step 2: Tone
Toner is designed to remove any excess residue left behind after you cleanse. This means toner isn’t always necessary, but most agree that a good toner helps an oily skin routine by reducing the visibility of pores and preparing them for the incoming moisturiser.
Apply your toner upwards with a cotton ball right after cleansing, while your skin is still damp.
We recommend: NIVEA Daily Essentials Refreshing Toner
Step 3: Exfoliate
Exfoliating removes excess skin cells that have built up in your pores over the week. This is an essential part of your skincare routine for oily skin, since it’s the best way to prevent acne breakouts and clogged pores. Be wary not to exfoliate too much – over-exfoliation can cause more harm than good.
After toning, wet your face with warm (not hot) water, and gently scrub your face with circular, upwards motions. Rinse off afterwards.
Try out: NIVEA Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub
Or if you’re in a rush: NIVEA 3-in-1 Daily Anti-Blemish Exfoliating Wipes
Step 4: Moisturise
As counter-intuitive as it might seem as part of an oily skin routine, moisturising is one step you don’t want to leave out. Applying moisturiser reduces imperfections, evens your skin tone and reinforces your skins natural barrier. A moisturiser with SPF is always a good option when thinking about skincare for oily skin, since it leaves out the need to apply heavy sunscreens or lotions.
Simply massage your moisturising cream to your face in small upward circles, being extra careful with the delicate areas around your eyes.
For balanced moisture and light sun protection, try: NIVEA Daily Essentials Tinted Moisturising Day Cream
INGREDIENTS FOR OILY SKIN
The right skincare for oily skin doesn’t just mean the right routine – the right ingredients are important too. Oily and impure skin needs special attention, and ingredients such as ocean algae, provitamin B5, hydra IQ and magnolia extract are all known to help keep the skin balanced.
Magnolia Extract has been used for centuries as a Traditional Chinese Medicine remedy, and is best known for its anti-inflammatory properties and effectiveness in fighting bacteria that causes breakouts.
Provitamin B5 has calming and soothing properties, providing the skin with moisture. It also supports the skin's regeneration overnight.
Hydra IQ is based on a glyceryl-glucose compound, proven to activate the formation of new water channels allowing water molecules to travel in and out of skin cells. The tissues ability to retain water is improved, and results in long-lasting moisturisation of cells.
Ocean algae is a seaweed found on the coasts of the North Sea, and is a rich source of many vital substances, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants that support the skin's own metabolism.
Always read the label. Follow the directions for use.