When it comes to skincare, the word balance is used quite often. Which makes sense, because our skin is happiest when it is balanced! But how do we achieve the balance? What exactly are we trying to balance? Since the elusive balance is such an important part of healthy and happy skin, we thought we’d break down what exactly the beauty world is talking about when we use this word, and how to achieve it for yourself.
The skin is our protective barrier.
It serves a major purpose to keep bacteria and dirt out of our bodies and to keep healthy nutrients in. It is also a detoxifying organ, and via sweat and excretions of oil and sebum, our body purifies itself from the inside out, ridding our system of as many toxins as possible. In an ideal world, our skin maintains a healthy production of sebum naturally: just enough to lubricate the skin and protect from infection and pollution. However, when we have an overproduction of sebum – which can be caused by many factors including skin type, hormones, climate, diet – our skin becomes imbalanced, and this can result in a blemishes and a shiny appearance. This is what we talk about when we say balance, or lack thereof.
The first trick to balancing oily skin is to rid the skin of its excess sebum every day, without stripping and over-drying the skin to the point of overcompensation. The second trick is to hydrate the skin with high-quality, lightweight and naturally derived oils and moisturizers that penetrate into the skin. If your skin is deeply hydrated, it won’t feel the need to kick into hydration-overdrive by producing lots of oil.
Cleansing smart is important. We do not want to strip our skin of its natural oils, because the oil that is causing our face to appear shiny is the oil that our skin produces to hydrate itself. When one uses cleansers with detergents and alcohols, which are excellent cleaning agents and therefore strip away all oil on the surface, the skin will retaliate by overproducing oil to get back to a hydrated state. This is not what we want: if you have a cleanser that foams up like a soap, throw it away. It sounds dramatic, but trust us, your skin will thank you.
Because like dissolves like, and oil dissolves oil, cleansing with high quality oils that are combined in a proper concentration will do wonders for your skin. Cleansing with oil actually helps the skin dissolve buildup on the surface while controlling excess oil production to maintain a healthy glow – without the shine.
Consider a cleanser that provides topical cleansing ingredients, like fruit enzymes, salicylic acid and apricot seed powder. By using gentle but effective ingredients you are helping to clear bacteria and dead skin cells that often create the perfect home for blemishes. Our Regenerating Cleanser is perfect for this.
End your routine with a lightweight but long lasting moisturizer. Remember- oil helps the skin stay hydrated, so if you skimp on moisturizer, your skin will compensate by producing more oil.
The skincare regimen we’d recommend to manage and balance oily skin would be to double cleanse, either with the Nourishing Oil Cleanser + Regenerating Cleanser, or Nourishing Oil Cleanser + Purifying Cleanser; either would be excellent. Then, hydrate – use our Rebuilding Moisturizer, and choose your face oil: the Replenishing Nutrient Complex is a rich multivitamin treatment which we highly recommend for balancing combination skin, and the Beautifying Face Oil is more lightweight, but moisturizes as much as the Complex.