DON’T LET OILY SKIN GET YOU DOWN
HEREDITARY DOES PLAY A big part in oily skin, but so do hormones. Pregnant women sometimes notice an increase in skin oil as hormonal activity changes. So do women taking certain types of birth control pills. Stress can also cause the oil glands to kick into overdrive. Some of these causes are within your ability to control, but others you will have to learn to live with. Th ere is no magic cure for oily skin. Keep it clean at all TIMES. Oily skin tends to age better and wrinkle less than dry or normal skin. “Clay masks or Mud masks are worthwhile” says Dr. Sonja Carlile. Generally, the darker brown clay (mud) the more oil it can absorb. White or rose-coloured clays, though, are gentler and work best on sensitive skin. Masks can cleanse the skin of surface greasiness, they do not “deep-clean” the pores, and they temporarily tone the skin. Hot water and degreasing soap will dissolve skin oil better than cold water and soap. Given the state of the art in oily skin treatment, all you can really do is degrease the skin and that has to be done repeatedly. Use only water based products and cosmetics. Baby powder make a superb face powder when fl uff ed lightly over make-up.