If there’s one thing we know about the Nigerian sun, it’s that it doesn’t play! Our weather, coupled with the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, can really take a toll on our skin, especially for those of us with oily skin.
You might be tempted to think having oily skin is a curse — your makeup is always running, your face is constantly shining like a newly polished shoe, and those pesky pimples just won’t let you be great.
But, the truth is, oily skin isn’t a punishment; it’s just a skin type that needs a little extra love and understanding.
I’m here to share some “mama’s secrets” to help you handle your oily skin and bring out the true African beauty that you are. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how manageable and even advantageous oily skin can be when cared for properly.
Don’t skip the moisturizer
I know what you’re thinking, “moisturize oily skin? You dey whine me?”
But listen, my darlings, when you have oily skin, your body is overproducing oil because it feels like it’s not getting enough.
Using a moisturizer regularly can actually help balance out your skin’s oil production. Just make sure you’re using a water-based or gel moisturizer that won’t clog your pores.
Always cleanse, but don’t overdo it
The trick to managing oily skin is striking a balance. Yes, you want to keep your skin clean, but over-cleansing can lead to an overproduction of oil. So, limit cleansing to twice a day and after heavy sweating. Use a gentle, soap-free cleanser for best results.
Exfoliation is your friend
Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells that can clog your pores and cause breakouts. But again, don’t overdo it. Exfoliate just once or twice a week with a product that is not too harsh for your skin.
oily skin isn’t a punishment; it’s just a skin type that needs a little extra love and understanding
Make sunscreen your bestie
Sunscreen is essential for all skin types, but it’s especially important for oily skin as sun exposure can trigger more oil production. Go for oil-free, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Your skin will thank you for it.
Watch your diet
Lastly, don’t forget that beauty begins on the inside. Try to consume a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains, while avoiding greasy foods and chocolate that can promote oil production.
Your skin is the largest organ on your body and it’s time you started treating it with the love and respect it deserves. With these tips, you’ll not only manage your oily skin, you’ll thrive with it. After all, oil is wealth, and your skin is simply rich!
So, go out there and let your oil glow, beautifully.