Two Truths and A Lie About Oily Skin
I’m often asked, "which skincare products do you recommend for oily, acne-prone skin?" So I developed this blog series as a crash course guide for you to interpret your skin’s signals.
First things first, "rest in peace [oily skin]” lol. Oiliness is mainly caused by your hormones, genes, environment, and lifestyle. These 4 elements prompt your glands to overproduce your body's natural oils, as a defense tactic and a means to seal in moisture. The overproduction of oil, coupled with air pollutants, dead skin and sweat, lead to clogged pores and ultimately acne.
While perusing through trendy magazines and blogs, you may have read recommendations to use oil-less and fragrance-free products. This is partially true, however, natural oils provide a level of hydration and protection that allows our skin to thrive, especially when facing harsh climates and environmental factors.
To fully reap the benefits of natural oil(s), start by refreshing your skin with our Coconut Charcoal Purifying Facial Soap to unclog your pores. Follow up with an exfoliant to remove any dead skin cells, and reveal fresh skin. Clarify and shrink your pores with Tidal Rose Crystal Hydration Toner, and set the stage for your moisturizer to WERK! Prevent early aging with our Serums. Seal in the benefits with our Mermaid Milk Nutrient Glow Moisturizer formulated with lightweight oils, to prevent your pores from clogging. Massage in one of our Ampoules with our massage tools for added absorption, boosted elasticity, enhanced detoxification of your lymphatic system - which protects against immunities. Lastly, apply a lightweight sunscreen to protect against harmful UV rays.
So, what exactly are lightweight oils, and how are they weighed? Oils are weighed based on their fatty make-up, then ranked on a scale of 0 to 5. Oils ranked 0 to 2 tend to be lighter oils, abundant in Linoleic Acid and Omega 6 fatty acid - an essential acid rich in anti-inflammatories, anti-aging properties, and skin-balancing qualities. Anything ranked 3 or higher, is considered a heavier oil, rich in Oleic Acid and Omega 9's - a non-essential acid that deeply hydrates the skin, reduces inflammation, and minimizes hypersensitivity.
While Omega 6 and 9 Fatty Acids provide a plethora of benefits for our skin, Omega 6’s cousin, Omega 3, has the real juice! Everytime it shows up, it has to show out. Unfortunately, Omega 3’s are not naturally produced by our bodies, so we have to consume foods and use oils rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acid. Lucky for us, Omega 3’s are found in certain oils, that also contain Oleic and Linoleic Acids, where they operate as a mediator to reduce inflammation and restore our body’s balance.
Oils that perform best on oily skin, are: Safflower, Rosehip Oil, and Walnut oil. Of the three, Walnut oil is the only oil that contains high levels of both Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids. With discipline and repeated treatment, any of these oils and the products mentioned above, will work to restore the balance in your skin.
If you enjoyed reading this blog and you learned something, be sure to comment below and share this with others who may be fighting the same battle.
Also, stay tuned for Part 2 of our blog series, where we will focus on the best tactics to improve dry skin!
*I am not a medical doctor or health professional. All content and media provided are for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.*