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If you have oily skin, then you’ve likely dealt with your fair share of frustrations. Skin that looks shiny by midday? Yep, been there. Makeup that slips and slides around your face? You bet. When it comes to taking care of oily skin, it’s all about starting your skin care routine on the right foot—we’re talking about cleansing. Keep reading for the best face washing tips for oily skin along with picks for our best facial cleansers for oily skin.
It’s important to find the best facial cleanser for oily skin, to help address its needs. After all, you wouldn’t use products formulated for curly hair if your hair was straight, would you? We thought not. Look for a facial cleanser that has a matte finish, as this can help keep your complexion from looking overly shiny throughout the day. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser, which is formulated to seamlessly transform from clay to mousse and mattify the look of your complexion.
You might find that one cleanser alone isn’t quite enough to completely cleanse your oily skin. So, consider double-cleansing. This involves first using a no-rinse cleansing option like micellar water to remove dirt, makeup, and excess oils from the surface of your skin, then following it up with a rinse-off cleanser to remove any remaining impurities. Pair the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin, which purifies and mattifies, with your clay cleanser. Saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water, then wipe the pad across your face. Next, squeeze the clay cleanser into your hands to transform it from clay to mousse. Gently massage the cleanser onto your face using circular motions, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Of course, you may be tempted to cleanse your skin multiple times a day if you have oily skin, but according to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should only wash your face twice a day (and after sweating heavily), even if you have oily skin. That’s because over-cleansing your skin can lead to an increase in oil production, which can leave your complexion looking even greasier. So, stick to your schedule of morning and evening cleanses, and bring a convenient cleansing option with you to the gym (we’ve got one for you below!).
We told you earlier about cleansing your oily skin twice a day, as well as after lots of sweating. Keep your gym bag stocked with an easy-to-use cleanser, like makeup removing wipes, so that you can wash your face before heading out of the locker room. The L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Makeup Removing Towelettes cleanse skin without over-drying. Just wipe a pad across your face and you’re good to go!
Cleansing and moisturizing go hand in hand. After you’re done cleansing, you shouldn’t skip out on moisturizing. And don’t think you get a free pass if you have oily skin! Just as you did to find a facial cleanser, look for a moisturizer that’s formulated for your skin type. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration. Plus, it has a matte finish.
Last but not least, you should consider exfoliating your oily skin regularly. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cell buildup from the surface of your skin. Look for a facial scrub that’s formulated for your skin type, then get to work. Keep in mind that how often you should exfoliate depends. Some people are able to handle daily exfoliation, while others may find they can only handle doing so once or twice a week. Pay attention to how your oily skin responds to determine what works best for you.
For more advice on taking care of oily skin, check out our article, 10 Skin Care Hacks for Oily Skin.