What is oily skin?
Before knowing which care to choose for treat a oily skin, we must first understand what a oily skin. “It is an unbalanced skin”, begins Agathe Hirsch, senior skincare product manager for the Patyka brand. “The sebaceous glands produce too much sebum”. Indeed, the presence of sebum is essential for the proper functioning of the skin and the good constitution of its hydrolipidic film, that is, the protective barrier found on the skin. On the other hand, an overproduction of sebum “Will clog the pores of the skin and can create the appearance of impurities and shine on the T zone (forehead, nose, chin)”. The complexion can become dull and irregular skin texture.
Why do we have oily skin?
There are many reasons why you have oily skin. The first may be heredity: “It is a factor on which we cannot act”, reminder Agathe Hirsch. It may also be due to too rich diet in sugar, but also in tobacco, the menstrual cycle, the humid climate, the sun … “Pollution is also an aggravating factor because it suffocates the skin”.
Oily skin: which beauty routine to adopt?
The oily skin need meticulous hygiene, and above all, non-detergent. Gone is the idea that you have to strip the skin to get rid of sebum: oily skin needs to be chouchoutées slowly. “A routine that is too aggressive will damage the hydrolipidic film”. Result ? The skin will produce even more sebum to defend oneself therefore the problem will be aggravated.
For Agathe Hirsch, the solution to taking care of her oily skin is to make a double cleaning. First apply a makeup remover oil to take off the makeup. Yes, you read that right: an oil. “Contrary to popular belief, oily skin can be removed with oil”, says the expert. Then wash your face with a mousse or gel. “Prefer alcohol-free products”, advice Agathe Hirsch. Then apply a suitable lotion or floral water such as sweet mint or balancing witch hazel.
Once the clean skin, tackle care. “Bet on a moisturizer with a fine texture, non-greasy and non-comedogenic”. That is to say, a treatment that will bring comfort to the skin without greasing it. Finally, apply a purifying but gentle mask once or twice a week to unclog pores in depth.
Thanks to Agathe Hirsch, senior skincare product manager for the Patyka brand for her advice.