Glowing Skin vs. Greasy Skin: The Secrets to Achieving the Perfect Glow

For those with oily skin, there tends to be a fine line between greasy and glowing skin. Greasy skin is typically the result of excess oil and incorrect skin management (using products that make oily skin worse rather than better).  So, to achieve the perfect glow with none of the grease, here are the four most important  principles to follow:

Use the Right Skin Care Products

The first principle to achieving the perfect glow is managing your skin’s oil production and supplying it with the right mix of antioxidants and moisture to achieve a dewy look. Here is the skin care routine we recommend:

AM Routine

  • Cleanse: Wash face with a gentle, sulfate free PH balanced cleanser (like our Foaming Cleanser).
  • Enhance: Use a cream with Alpha Lipoic Acid to decrease redness and inflammation in the skin and enhance its overall radiance. Read more about Alpha Lipoic Acid and it’s skin benefits here.
  • Protect and Moisturize: All oily skin needs a moisturizer—no matter what. Did you know that not using moisturizer will actually make your skin more oily? When your skin doesn’t have the proper water levels, the dehydration causes the skin to produce oil giving you oilier skin. We recommend using our Day 25 Cream, which will give your skin both moisture and sun protection.

In terms of make up – here is our list of recommended foundations for those with oily skin.

PM Routine

  • Cleanse: Wash face with a gentle, sulfate free PH balanced cleanser (like our Foaming Cleanser).
  • Correct: Use a chemical exfoliany on your skin 3-4 nights a week. We recommend our Reveal 10 – this will prevent oil buildup in the skin and will decrease the amount of oil your skin produces over time. (Note, if your skin is sensitive Mandelic Acid is a gentler alternative to the Reveal.)
  • Boost: Follow the Reveal 10 with an intensive, deep penetrating anti-oxidant treatment (like our Green Tea Serum) that will help boost your skin’s luster.

Exfoliate your skin regularly! 

Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in maintaining youthful, glowing skin. This is because, as dead cells accumulate, your skin stops reflecting light and absorbs up to ten times its weight in moisture. If you want fresh-looking skin, you must encourage cell turnover — and exfoliation does the job. When looking for a good exfoliator, I suggest products that use light polyethelene beades rather than gritty apricot pits, which are in most exfoliating creams and can irritate or rupture skin. Read our blog post on exfoliation here.

Stay Hydrated. 

Drinking water allows your cells to rejuvenate, keeps your skin looking moist and juicy and is consequently one of the single best things you can do to improve the appearance of your skin. It is best to drink room temperature water in small amounts over the course of the day to be sure it is properly absorbed into the body. Also, mix it up by drinking coconut water, “spa water” infused with lemons and/or cucumber and green tea, all of which are also great for the skin. During a busy day it can be hard to remember to drink enough water, so I recommend keeping a nalgene with you at all times.

Eat a balanced, anti-inflammatory diet. 

What we put in our bodies will show on our skin, so eating a diet of greasy, unhealthy food will show up on your skin. The best foods for your skin are salmon, berries, dark leafy greens, walnuts, and avocado. Also, make sure you get plenty of vitamin C: it increases cell turnover, helps protect against sun damage, and boosts the production of collagen and elastin in your skin. Foods packed with vitamin c include citrus fruits, mangoes, kiwis, tomatoes, broccoli, red peppers, and potatoes.

One other quick tip is to always carry oil absorbing sheets with you – if you don’t’ have them with you, as an alternative you can tear off a sheet of a toilet cover that are in most public bathrooms and use that to blot your skin. They work just as well and they’re free!

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