8 Steps to the Best Skin Care Routine for Women-of-Color with Oily Skin

How to Care For Your Oily Skin as a Woman-of-Color: A Step-by-step Routine

If you have oily skin and you are a woman-of-color, you may struggle with excess sebum production, shine, and the occasional breakout. A skincare routine tailored to your oily skin and unique skin care needs can help balance oil production, minimize pores, and maintain a healthy complexion.

Here is a step-by-step guide to help you establish an effective skincare routine for your oily skin needs.

Step 1: Cleansing

Start your skincare routine by thoroughly cleansing your face to remove excess oil, dirt, and impurities. Choose a gentle, foaming cleanser that is specifically formulated for oily skin. Look for ingredients like salicylic acid or tea tree oil, known for their ability to control oil production and prevent breakouts. Massage the cleanser onto damp skin using circular motions, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Step 2: Toning

Toning is an essential step to balance the pH levels of your skin and remove any remaining traces of dirt or cleanser. Opt for an alcohol-free toner that is specifically designed for oily skin. Look for toners that contain ingredients like witch hazel or cucumber extract, which can help tighten pores and control excess oil. Apply the toner to a cotton pad and gently swipe it across your face, focusing on the T-zone and any areas prone to oiliness.

Step 3: Exfoliation

Exfoliating your skin is crucial to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and prevent blackheads and breakouts. Choose an exfoliator that is specifically formulated for oily skin and contains ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs). These ingredients help to dissolve excess oil and unclog pores. Use the exfoliator once or twice a week, depending on your skin's tolerance. Gently massage it onto damp skin in circular motions, then rinse thoroughly.

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Step 4: Essence

An essence is a lightweight, hydrating product that helps to balance and nourish the skin. Look for an essence that is oil-free and contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid or green tea extract, known for their hydrating and antioxidant properties. Apply a few drops of essence to your palms and gently press it into your skin, patting it in for better absorption.

Step 5: Serum

Serums are concentrated formulas that target specific skin concerns. For oily skin, choose a serum that is lightweight and oil-free. Look for serums that contain ingredients like niacinamide, vitamin C, or retinol. These ingredients can help control oil production, minimize pores, and even out skin tone. Apply a small amount of serum to your face and neck, gently massaging it in using upward motions.

Step 6: Oil-Free Moisturizer

Moisturizing is still important, even for oily skin. However, choose a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that won't clog your pores or add excess oil. Look for moisturizers that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid or aloe vera, which provide hydration without greasiness. Apply the moisturizer to your face and neck using gentle upward strokes. If your skin is particularly oily, you can skip moisturizer during the daytime and only use it at night.

Step 7: Sunscreen

Protecting your skin from the sun is essential, regardless of your skin type. Look for a lightweight, oil-free sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Choose a sunscreen that is labeled as non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog your pores. Apply the sunscreen generously to your face and any exposed areas, and reapply every two hours, especially if you're spending time outdoors.

Step 8: Weekly Clay Mask

In addition to your daily routine, you can incorporate a weekly clay mask to help absorb excess oil.

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The Bottom-Line

So, you have oily skin. And, you are a woman-of-color.  That means that you very likely deal with the over-production of sebum and a wayyyyy too shiny face. You know it's true! Just follow the 8 step routine above and send us a picture of you and your beautiful self!

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Please note – for the purpose of Skin Care: We use Black skin, Brown skin, and skin-of-color interchangeably when discussing people-of-color. When we use the term people-of-color, we intend to mean those whose skin tone is not White and who are Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, Mediterranean, Pacific Islander, or of Middle Eastern descent.


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