Got slick skin? Here’s how to deal

For all your beauty advice…

I’ve commented in previous posts on the fact that I have oily skin. I have fought it for years, but the fact of the matter is…my name is Brooke, and I have oily skin. There, I said it. The first step is admitting it. The next step is how to figure out how to deal with it. Here is what I’ve learned over the years.

The most annoying thing about having oily skin? Your skin never feels clean. It always feels like there is a layer of lotion on top of your makeup that just never absorbed into your skin. Not a good feeling. Some days, I would give anything to have dry skin. I know that sounds crazy, because people with dry skin tell me it’s pretty annoying to have your face feeling tight and itchy all day. Dry-Skin-Divas tell me that even the most intense moisturizer just soaks right into their skin and they have to apply it more than once. Seriously…just one day with dry skin, just so I can try it on, you know? I avoid humid climates because it makes my oily skin feel even oilier…don’t know if that’s a word, but it’s how my skin feels. (Or maybe I just avoid humid climates because I can’t afford to travel to one right now) The second most annoying thing about oily skin? Blemishes…well, that’s just a fancy word for blackheads and zits, but the ugly truth is if you have oily skin, chances are you suffer from breakouts as well. Every-day dirt settles into the oil on the skin and gets into the pores and there you have it, breakout central! Very annoying.

Here’s what not to do if you suffer from oily skin. The number one most important tip I can give anyone who has this issue…stop trying to change it!! You can fight it all you want, but if you have oily skin, you have oily skin. There. Deal. I had to tell myself that after many years of trying to turn off my sebaceous glands (that’s what produces the oil in your skin, if you didn’t know). Do not try to dry your skin out with rubbing alcohol. Yes, for years as a teenager, I thought I was on to something when I would use pure rubbing alcohol as my toner. I graduated from this to Sea Breeze. Still not your  best bet. I would purposely not put lotion on my face after cleansing, hoping this would keep my face tight and itchy all day. I would even go so far as to not put sunscreen on my face during the summer in hopes of a sunburn that would make my skin nice and dry for at least a good week. (Maybe I should have sought therapy at this point?) The result of this abuse? MORE oil!! Go figure. What I learned from these habits is that in trying to make my skin dry and thinking I was out-smarting it…it out-smarted me. My skin was just trying to help me in creating more oil because I kept taking it away. It was a vicious cycle that I desperately needed to get out of, but I just couldn’t stand the thought of putting lotion, and sometimes even foundation, on my face.

Here’s what you should do. Realize that all skin types need moisture, no matter what. No matter where you live, no matter what your age, your face needs moisture from the inside out. I figured if I couldn’t get my skin to stop producing an excess of oil, maybe I should get a good facial moisturizer and see if that would let my body know that I have plenty and I don’t need that much more, but thank you anyway. I stopped using oil free lotions and foundations, I stopped using mattifying products that you put on over moisturizer to keep oil away (those made me produce more oil, too). I started to moisturize on a daily basis and put a heavier moisturizer on at night. Taking these steps have helped me deal with my oil. The oil is still there, but it seems like it’s evened out a bit and it’s not so greasy anymore. Also, realize that sometimes you have oily skin because you’re dehydrated. Drink lots of water! I’m still working on adding tons of water into my daily diet, but that’s a hard step for me…I don’t like water. To even out shine and remove oil in the middle of the day, try blotting papers. They absorb that top layer of oil without removing your makeup and freshen you up.

And the best tip of all: Embrace it! The main benefit of having oily skin? You will age well. The oil that I grew up hating, I’ve actually come to accept, because it’s Mother Nature’s way of making me look younger longer. I like that!

You’ve Been Beautified!