Ready for some real talk? Too bad- here it is: No amount of mattifying powder or oil-sucking toner is ever going to stop your skin from showing its true colors.
Sorry, but your oily T-zone and dry cheeks are down to an issue that can't really be solved by chemical-based beauty products, like genetics, seasonal variations (hello old friend, summer!), and everyone's favorite, hormones. You don't have to give in to greasy skin, though.
At BioRepublic, we strongly believe there's no better control of oil and breakouts than using facial sheet masks. They're fun, they're super gentle on the skin, and dermatologists approve of them.
Read on to learn the main causes of oily skin and how you can care for yours using a sheet mask-based regimen, without the chemicals!
How Does Oily Skin Happen?
Oily skin occurs when the sebaceous glands on the skin make excess sebum. Your skin needs its sebum to keep in lock moisture, but too much sebum is just that- too much.
Greasy skin can also result from several other factors beyond your control, like genetics, and aggravated by using harsh facial masks, over-washing, applying too much of a product, aggressive exfoliation, not keeping up with your regimen, and hormonal imbalances.
Your skin might also be oily due to seasonal variations. So go on and blame the blistering heat of summer- no judgment there.
The bright side? Applying the right facial sheet masks and keeping with a regular skin care regimen can work wonders on your oily skin.
What You Can Do To Help Prevent Oily Skin: 3 Key Steps
One of the best ways to address oily skin is through your skincare regimen. Here is a 3-step routine we prescribe to keep your oily skin looking clean, refined, and matte.
Step 1: Double Cleanse (In The A.M. And P.M)
The most important step of any skincare routine is cleansing your skin.
If your skin tends to be excessively greasy, you can tolerate some more cleansing. So go ahead and cleanse both in the morning and at night.
While you might feel like your skin is still intact from the night before, experts say morning cleansing is a no-brainer. We hate to burst your bubble, but your skin is busy producing sebum and shedding dead cells during the night.
That's why we recommend using an exfoliating facial sheet mask in the morning to rid your pores of all the excess sebum and dead skin cells.
Step 2: Use An Exfoliating Toner
Once your face is clean and free from any oils, dirt, or make-up, experts suggest following up with an exfoliating toner that contains either lactic acid, salicylic acid, or glycolic acid.
Only apply a toner that contains either or all of these acids. This helps keep your facial PH balanced, and the skin pores intact not to let the gunk back in.
Step 3: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
One skincare myth we have to bust: moisturizing makes the skin oilier. The truth is, greasy skin needs a moisturizer too- to infuse your skin with the nutrients it needs to stay lush, healthy and replenished.
Experts recommend following the cleansing and toning steps with a vitamin-loaded, water-based moisturizing facial sheet mask to seal in all the goodness.
How To Control Breakouts And Oily Skin (The Sheet Mask Way!)
Now that you know how to avoid oily skin let's look at how you can control the breakouts that often come with excess sebum.
Whether you're dealing with acne, whiteheads, blackheads, or a generally rough complexion, there's a series of steps you can take to freshen your skin ASAP!