Lockdown Skincare Tips for Oily Skin
The current state of affairs is unpredictable, to say the least. Social distancing and self-isolation have become the new norm during the ongoing corona pandemic. Stress levels have increased, sleeping patterns have changed, and you aren’t exercising as much as you did before this lockdown started. All of these changes can wreak havoc on your skin.
Use this lockdown to indulge in a little self-pampering and establish a new skincare routine to address your oily skin woes. From scrubbing your dead skin cells to pampering yourself with a sheet mask, read on to know more about how you can take care of oily skin while self-isolating.
1. Don’t Skip The CTM Routine
CTM, or cleansing, toning, and moisturising, is essential for healthy skin regardless of your skin type, but make sure to use the right products that are suitable for oily skin. Use a mild cleanser and do not wash your face too many times in a day (twice is enough) as over-washing will cause your face to produce even more oil. Use a gentle toner that is not harsh on your skin and will not excessively dry it out.
It is a common misconception that people with oily skin do not need to moisturise. Moisturisers are important to nourish and hydrate your skin and have nothing to do with how much oil your skin produces. Use one that is lightweight and apply to clean skin in the morning and night.
2. Exfoliate Regularly
Scrubs help deep clean your skin and get rid of the dirt, oil, and toxins from deep within your skin. Make sure to use scrubs that are meant for your skin type. Avoid exfoliating your skin daily as this will strip your skin off of its essential oils. Scrub two or three times a week depending on your skin’s sensitivity and how your skin reacts to exfoliation. Do not be too aggressive while scrubbing your face, use gentle circular motions and avoid the skin around your eyes.
3. Treat Your Skin To A Sheet Mask
Sheet masks are a great way to give your skin an extra boost of nourishment. Since sheet masks need to be applied for anywhere between 10-20 minutes, they are often neglected during a hectic workweek. But now that you have a little extra time on your hands each day, treat yourself to a sheet mask for oily skin to combat the excess sebum production. You can try the Garnier Hydra Bomb Green Tea Serum Sheet Mask, which is great for oily and acne-prone skin and can help you control oiliness in just 15 minutes. The purifying green tea extracts in the sheet mask reduce the oiliness and mattifies the skin, leaving you with skin that feels super hydrated and super fresh
Want to get even more out of your sheet masks? Try using 2-3 different sheet masks in a week and letting your skin enjoy the extra benefits. We at Garnier recommend kickstarting the week with the Pure Charcoal Black Serum mask to detox your skin and remove impurities from your face. Mid-week, give it a boost of brightening with a Bright Complete serum sheet mask. And end the week with some mattifying action with the Green Tea serum sheet mask
4. Wash Your Makeup Tools
Makeup brushes and sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria and are one of the leading causes of acne and breakout. People with oily skin tend to have large, open pores and using dirty makeup tools deposits a lot of the bacteria and makeup residue into the skin. This lockdown is a great opportunity for you to deep clean all your makeup brushes and tools.
Use a gentle face cleanser and lukewarm water to thoroughly cleanse your brushes and sponges. Leave them out to air dry for about a day and store in a clean container once they’re completely dry. We would also suggest that you toss out old brushes and sponges that you’ve had sitting in your vanity for more than a couple of years.
5. Opt For Lightweight Makeup
Even though you’re not stepping out of the house, you might still want to put on some makeup every now and then for your video conferences for work or for your long distance virtual date nights. Whatever your reason, try to give your skin a break from the heavy foundations and thick concealers and let your skin breathe.
Use lightweight, oil-free makeup that will not clog your pores. Tinted moisturisers and BB creams are a great way to even out your complexion and give that natural finish to your skin without adding on too many layers.
While there are lots of good things happened because of staying indoors like spending more time with your family or roommates and having more time to work on your hobbies, this sudden change has probably thrown your routine out of whack. This, in turn, can negatively affect your skin and make your oily skin problems worse. Use this extra time to nourish your skin with the steps mentioned above. You can also explore other easy-to-follow tips on the Garnier blog to pamper your skin while you’re staying home to stay safe from the coronavirus outbreak.