Oily skin affects a whopping third of British women the myth that we leave our shiny skin and spots behind in our teenage years – along with those questionable fashion choices and that angry-at-everyone attitude, it just that – a myth. In fact oily skin can affect women of all ages, even as we hit menopause, L’oreal Paris’ Scientific Communications Director, Elizabeth Bouhadana, explains, “during menopause women’s skin goes through changes similar to the teenage years, producing a lot more sebum”.
Now we’ve all wondered what causes oily skin? And what the best skincare products for oily skin are? But with so many beauty myths flying around, it can be tricky to know where to start when it comes to stopping the shine. That’s why, I for one, am seriously excited about this new beauty buy.
The clever scientists over at L’Oreal HQ have concocted a face oil designed specifically for oily and combination skin. I already know what you’re thinking, ‘applying a face oil to oily skin is just asking for a breakout?!’ but it’s time to forget everything you thought you knew about oily skin care. Because, in fact, using the right oil can actually help rebalance your skin’s own sebum production. I know it can be tempting to reach for that squeaky-clean cleanser and banish every last speck of shine, but stripping away all of that oil will leave your skin confused and it will produce even more sebum to counteract the temporary dryness – leading to those pesky breakouts…
Instead, you need to reach for a product like L’Oreal’s new Extraordinary Rebalancing Facial Oil, £19.99. The clever formula contains a blend of nourishing essential oils including Lavender, Chamomille and Lemongrass. All of which are known for their calming and anti-bacterial properties, meaning they actually help heal any spots whilst giving a moisture boost – so your skin won’t feel the need to overload on oil production.
So what are you waiting for? Switch up your skincare routine now and your complexion will thank-you for it.