Skin Care for Oily Skin
Oily skin is due to overproduction of sebum, the natural oils made by the sebaceous glands of the skin. Your sebaceous glands are found in the dermis layer of the skin and secrete sebum via the hair follicles of the skin, to keep it moisturised and to act as a protective barrier. The amount of oil your glands produce is largely down to genetics, but can also be influenced by diet, hormonal fluctuations, stress, or a combination of all three.
Drinking plenty of water is essential to help cleanse the body and keep skin hydration levels balanced. You also need to support the body’s natural detoxification systems, especially the liver. The liver’s job is to clear away waste products from the body and this includes ‘used’ hormones. When the liver is not functioning efficiently, toxins and old hormones can return to the bloodstream and cause problems. To support the function of your liver reduce toxins such as alcohol, caffeine and processed foods and increase the following liver-friendly foods: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, onions, garlic, whole grains, beans, dark green vegetables and eggs.
Zinc is needed for healing and repair in the body including skin healing, healing of blemishes and preventing scar formation. Clinical trials have shown it can reduce the severity of acne, which is more likely in people with oily skin. The best sources are seafood, spinach, nuts, seeds, cocoa, beans and mushrooms. Alcohol and caffeine both block zinc absorption, so cutting back on these will also help keep your levels up. Vitamin E is another important nutrient as it helps skin retain moisture, aids skin healing and can help relieve inflammation and various skin complaints. The best sources are spinach, kale, nuts, seeds, avocados, fish, broccoli and butternut squash.
Keeping your blood sugar levels as stable as possible is important to balance hormones. Fluctuations in blood sugar levels stimulate insulin production and insulin in turn affects the production of other hormones, creating imbalances. To balance your blood sugar, you need to eat at regular intervals (every 4-5 hours), choose low GI carbohydrates and include some protein with your meals. Low GI carbs include wholegrains like oats, brown rice, quinoa and rye bread and starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes.
Omega-3s fatty acids are good for balancing hormones and are vital for healthy brain and nerve function, helping your resilience to stress (see below). They also act as a natural moisturiser from within, which may sound counterintuitive but dehydration can actually lead to a reactive over-production of sebum. The other benefit is that omega-3’s have strong anti-inflammatory properties helping to soothe any breakouts. The number one best source is oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout and sardines. Good plant sources are flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and chia seeds.
This can be easier said than done, but it really is essential for healthy skin, as there is a great deal of evidence linking high stress levels with poor skin health. Firstly, stress can cause hormone imbalances, which can affect the way your skin functions, including oil production. Stress is also linked with a higher risk of breakouts, acne, psoriasis and eczema. Finally, stress hormones cause the degradation of collagen in the skin, leading to loss of firmness, wrinkles and other signs of premature ageing.
To manage stress, you first need to get the basics right, as these are the foundations upon which everything else is built; They are; getting enough good quality sleep, regular exercise and a balanced diet. Downtime is also vital; ensuring you get some for a start and then spending it doing things you enjoy. On top of this, adding a regular, ideally daily stress-reduction technique such as meditation, mindfulness or yoga is scientifically proven to lower stress levels.
Breakfast: Chia, Mango & Coconut Pudding
Mix 3 tbsp chia seeds with 150ml coconut milk and soak overnight, top with coconut flakes, diced mango and pomegranate seeds
Lunch: Salmon, avocado and pine nut salad with rye bread
Dinner: Prawns with lemon, garlic and chilli, quinoa, spinach
Snacks: Beauty & Go SKIN DETOX, a handful of mixed nuts and seeds
- Cleanse day and night without fail! You may find a face wash or micellar water leaves your skin feeling fresher than a cream cleanser. Avoid harsh or drying products containing alcohol, as these will strip your skin of oils, making the problem worse.
- Exfoliate every 2-3 days using a gentle product to remove dead skin cells, which tend to build up with oily skin types and can clog pores leading to breakouts or blackheads.
- Use a natural clay-based facemask 1-2 times per week to draw out impurities from the skin and regulate oil production.
- Use natural skin care products, as synthetic chemicals can upset your skin’s natural balance
- You still need to moisturise daily, just choose an oil-free formula.
- Avoid heavy foundations, which don’t work well on oily skin-types. Instead use matifying formulas or lighter tinted moisturisers.
- Carry blotting papers in your handbag to mop-up excess oils over the day. These are better than constantly applying powder, which can clog pores. They are also more hygienic than using compacts with brushes or sponges, where bacteria congregate.
- Include a daily Beauty & Go Detox drink which contains ingredients to balance, purify and cleanse your skin and body.
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