Say Goodbye To Oily Skin With This Routine

skincare routine for oily skin

Let’s be honest, finding the right skincare routine is no mean feat. From figuring out your skin type to choosing the right products, it can all feel pretty overwhelming.

But don’t worry, if you struggle with oily skin and are looking for a routine that suits you, you’ve come to the right place! We explain what oily skin is, what causes oily skin and introduce you to the perfect step-by-step oily skincare routine. Your shine-free complexion is just around the corner! 

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What Is Oily Skin?

Let’s start with the basics: what is oily skin? The body naturally secretes oil (or sebum) from its sebaceous glands to keep skin moisturized. While dry skin doesn’t produce enough oil, oily skin is caused by an overproduction of sebum. 

So, how do you know if you have oily skin? 

  • Even with a morning cleanse, skin appears shiny and greasy by the afternoon 
  • Pores look enlarged, especially around the T-Zone (nose, chin and forehead) 
  • Blackheads and spots are particularly prominent on the oilier parts of the face 
  • Your makeup doesn’t stay put and feels like it “slides” off throughout the day 

What Causes Oily Skin?

Oily skin is often hereditary but can be triggered by hormone imbalances during puberty, pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause.  

Oily skin can also be caused by external factors, including pollution and harsh skincare products that clog the pores.   

Is Oily Skin Bad? 

We won’t deny it, oily skin comes with its downsides (did someone say shine, clogged and enlarged pores, and breakouts?). Don’t despair, though, it also has some decent benefits. Oily skin tends to be thicker and more robust with fewer visible fine lines. Trust us, you’ll be grateful for it one day! 

Step-By-Step Oily Skin Care Routine

Give your skin the pampering it deserves with the best oily skincare routine. 

Exfoliate Once a Week

Any good skincare routine for oily skin should include a weekly exfoliation. It’s the best and easiest way to remove dead cells, prevent pores from getting clogged and help keep breakouts at bay. 

To exfoliate your skin, why not try our Revolution Skincare Oily Skin Peeling Solution? It’s a liquid exfoliator that uses a combination of Azelaic Acid and Salicylic Acid to lift away dead cells and reduce skin surface congestion. Apply evenly to clean, dry skin 1-2 evenings a week, leave for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.  

Cleanse Morning and Night

To keep oiliness at bay and avoid clogging up your pores, wash your face twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening). Just make sure that you’re using the right cleanser for your skin type.  

Try our bestselling Mattifying Pink Clay Cleanser to deeply purify the skin and prevent breakouts. This innovative mud-to-foam cleanser absorbs excess sebum and dirt, leaving skin feeling balanced and clean yet deeply moisturized. Wondering how to use this cleanser for oily skin? Massage into the face using circular motions, then rinse well with warm water and pat dry.  

Don’t Forget to Tone

To help soothe, condition and rebalance the skin, it’s important to use toner as one of your oily skin routine products. 

The Revolution Skincare 2.5% Glycolic Acid Toner reduces the appearance of enlarged pores, while helping to deeply cleanse and condition the skin. It’s formulated with brightening Ginseng, soothing and conditioning Aloe Vera, and pore-tightening Witch Hazel. 

Apply a Lightweight Yet Hydrating Moisturizer

We get it, it sounds counter-intuitive to apply moisturizer onto oily skin that already feels greasy, but a face cream is a must-have in every skincare routine. Even oily skin can become dehydrated – and when it does, the skin will produce even more sebum to compensate, making it even oilier. Trust us, you never want to skip on face cream. 

When choosing your moisturizer for oily skin, opt for a light formula that won’t block the pores. A great choice? Our Revolution Skincare Mattify Boost Cream contains skin-friendly ingredients that work a treat on oily, blemish-prone complexions, while deeply hydrating the skin. 

Apply a small amount to clean skin morning and evening. You can also mix it with your favorite foundation. 

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