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Those of us who go head-to-head with our oily skin daily will relate to the eternal struggle of wanting to have hydrated skin, but trying not to look like a high-shine mirror throwing out spotlight reflections from our faces. IS THIS TOO MUCH TO ASK, PEOPLE?

It’s fine. I’m fine. The shine show must go on.

Now that it’s Winter, the game is changing. We’ve put together a Beauty Bible of sorts on the Great Oily Skin Battle of 2018. It’s a thing.

Our skin of course is more than just dry, oily, acne-prone etc. We are nuanced beings, and this is no different when it comes to our skin.

The question is, why do some of us suffer more from oily skin in the winter, and others suffer with dryness?

It seems unfair, between having to glue ourselves to our hot water bottles and getting up when it’s still dark, why should our skin be causing us problems on top of that?

Michele Farber of Schweiger Dermatology Group claims that: “Skin can become more oily as a mechanism to compensate for excess dryness. The skin will overcompensate in sebum or oil production to moisturise itself.” 

Rude much? Never fear, we're here to save the shiny day. Here are our top tips for combating oily skin during winter, thank us later…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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1. Prioritise and Moisturise

You might think that moisturising skin which is already oily is a mistake, how ever oily skin compensates for excess dryness, so keeping it hydrated is KEY.

The right moisturiser for you is like getting a bra fitting, it can be a hassle but so worth the results if you’re patient enough. Each and every one of us has unique skin cells, so it can be next to impossible to find the skin regime for us.

There are dozens and dozens of moisturisers on the market, but our personal recommendation is to use one with Vitamin E.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2. Watch your Tone

Yon-Ka ESSENTIALS have the BEST lotion on the market – it’s an alcohol free invigorating mist for normal to oily skin and contains five essential oils. Their ESSENTIALS range start your beauty regime the right way- with cleansing.

They work to gently purity and optimise the effectiveness of your everyday care regimen, and leaves your skin soft and hydrated.

Use after cleansing and spray onto the face as a mist in the  morning and at night for best results.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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3. Avoid using petroleum jelly
According to make-up artist Katey Denno, petroleum jelly (Vaseline) can create the illusion of granting us moisturised skin, but actually the substance suffocates your pores.

It’s water-repellant and not water-soluble, so it actually just seals the barrier so that moisture cannot leave the skin.

Basically you're actually drying out your pores by keeping out the air and moisture, while it's thick texture makes it tricky to cleanse the skin. It's literally a lose-lose, gals.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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4. Tea Tree Oil

Hot showers in the winter are widely recognised as stripping your skin of it’s essential oils, thereby preventing it from achieving moisture.

By using tea tree oil with warm water, this makes up for the loss of moisture and brings your skin back to its supple self in no time.

5. It’s all about keeping the pores happy

Changes in the weather make our pores hella cranky.

Environmental causes are some of the major factors in skin issues, meaning that our pores have a bit of a ‘mare in the winter especially. Our skin has its own survival techniques which can be the bane of our facial lives, but really it’s just trying to do it’s job.

6. Don’t let it dry out

Farber also claims that “If your skin is dry, it’ll often feel tight and have a white-ish flaking more diffused all over the face. Oily skin will often concentrate around sebaceous areas, like the T-zone, and pores in this areas may be visibly larger.”

Dry skin translates to an overproduction of sebum and oils, most likely because of the extreme temperate changes from freezing cold outdoors to overheated indoors.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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7. Keeping your skin cleansed is a MUST- no matter what type you are.

Yon-Ka ESSENTIAL Masque 103 is a purifying, clarifying mask which may actually save your skin, become the love of your life and have your kids all at once. A bold claim for a bold product.

This detoxifying mask contains three types of clay which purify the skin, tighten pores, brighten the complexion and leave it with an exceptional glow.

Glow up, shine down. It's ideal.

8. Stay THURSTY

Drink as much water as you are physically capable of every day, and your pores will thank you for it- guaranteed. Everyone needs different amounts, the two litres per day ‘fact’ is most likely a myth but if your body is dehydrated then so is your skin, that math adds up.

9. Use a clean towel whenever you are washing that lovely face of yours!

You don’t want any bacteria present in the towel to be transferred right back onto your face. Pat your skin dry instead of roughly trying to rub the make-up or skin cells off.

Clean towels prevent oily skin and breakouts, so they’re essentially your undercover guardian angel. Wash them at LEAST once a week, folks.

There you have it, nine core tips for surviving the winter with oily skin.

Remember that each person is totally unique, and research and discover what products feel right for you. Treat your skin with the care and calm it deserves, you’ll be radiant and glowing in no time without the unwanted shine.

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Most of us suffer with breakouts from time to time, but we all get them in different places. Different areas mean different things, so what are your breakouts trying to tell you?

Forehead: Stress is the main cause of forehead breakouts. However, a lack of sleep can also be a trigger. Try to relax and get plenty of rest.

Cheeks: Spots can form on your cheeks due to bad habits you don't even realise you're doing. Try to stop touching your face and putting your phone against it as often as you normally would. Smoking can also cause this.

Chin: Chin breakouts are caused by hormones.This can be a common occurrence in the lead up to, and during your period.

Around your mouth: Your diet. Residue from greasy foods can irritate the skin, and eating these foods can also clog your pores. Try wiping your mouth after you've eaten and cutting down on fried foods.

Chest/back: Fabrics play a huge role in breakouts on your chest and back. Cotton soaks up sweat and keeps it close to your skin. This attracts bacteria which can cause spots.Try different fabrics and change your clothes straight after working out.

 

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Ok, so we know that we need hormones to be happy and have babies and all that business, but is it really necessary that they come with so many negative side effects? We’re not sure how much more we can take! Somebody pass us some Evening Primrose Oil – QUICK!

Mood swings
One minute you’re delighted with life, the next? Your boyfriend has given you a funny look and you feel like you’re either about to burst into tears or kill him stone dead. Either way, it’s not good, and hormones are to blame.

Breakouts
You could wash your face a thousand times a day, but hormones don’t care. They will give all the bacteria in your face a little pep talk for one week of every month, and next thing you know you’re down in the chemist investing in an industrial strength concealer. The hormones win again.

Excessive sweating
If you find yourself sweating an awful lot, especially during that time of the month, hormones are probably to blame. They’re just not happy with making you moody and giving you spots, they want to make you sweat as well. They are pure evil.

Periods
If it weren’t for hormones, we wouldn’t have to live through a week or more of PMS each month. Seriously, why do they make being a girl so difficult?

Messed up libido
If you’re on the pill, you might notice that it’s either killed off your sex drive completely, or put it into overdrive. Is it too much to ask for a constant, stable feed of whatever hormone it is you need for a working libido? Of course it is. Because hormones don’t negotiate. They just do whatever the hell they want. 

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Breakouts are a common beauty problem but that doesn’t mean we should just put up with them.

Here are three tricks to keep spots at bay:

Check your products
If you are prone to the odd breakout you need to look at what products you are putting onto your skin. Find one that is suitable for oily skin and stick with it. Alcohol-based products are a no-no as they can irritate your skin and prompt excessive oil production, which you really don’t want.

Get rid of sweat
Make sure you wash your face as soon as possible after a workout. When sweat mixes with your skin’s oils it blocks your pores and traps bacteria. Don’t sit around in your sweaty clothes either as this can cause breakouts on your chest and back.

Wash your hands
Before you put your hands on your face make sure they are clean as they can carry a multitude of sins. Also, make sure you wash your make-up brushes and sponges at least once a week to stop a build up of bacteria.

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Everyday duties and weekly responsibilities can take up the majority of your time. But, if you never let yourself play as hard as you work, it can actually be counterproductive.

Here are the obvious signs that you need to make some time for yourself:

Friends and family turn to you
When there’s a job that has to be done, everyone comes to you first. Most of the time it’s because they know that you are reliable and are sometimes afraid to say no.

Mealtimes are a distant memory
You can’t remember the last time you had a meal at the table because you are constantly eating on the go.

You don’t work out anymore
You miss the days when you actually had time to go to the gym or workout at home. Nowadays, it seems like the only time you sweat is when you rush in and out of work.

Before your body starts manifesting the symptoms that come with stress, such as breakouts, body aches and migraines, give yourself a break! Visit a friend, get pampered or just take a relaxing bath. Believe us when we say this, your body will thank you for it.

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