A Simple Tip To Make Sure Your Skincare Leaves Your Skin Glowy, Not Greasy

Finding the right combination of skincare products for your face can feel like a real struggle. Not only do you need to understand your skin type and specific needs, but it's also a good idea to research the ingredients before putting them on your skin. Oftentimes, you're encouraged to patch-test certain products to ensure you won't have a negative reaction all over your face.

For example, some people have extremely sensitive skin and cannot have any kind of fragrance in their skincare. Others may be allergic to certain ingredients, which is why applying a small amount to your arm first is a good idea. 

It's also helpful to learn what products pair well together so that you can get the maximum efficacy from each one without overwhelming your skin. Celebrity esthetician Sarah Akram explained to PureWow that the order in which you layer your skincare ingredients is actually essential in achieving that healthy glow. You should be reaching for the thinnest products first, like toners and serums, then sealing in that hydration with a small amount of a good moisturizer.

Don't overdo your skincare

It's important to understand how to build upon each product for the best absorption, and the order itself will improve your end results. However, it can be a fine line between skin that is glowing and skin that just looks greasy. Usually, your face becomes overly shiny when the products aren't blending into your skin but just sitting on top of it, reflecting light.

Therefore, focusing on the essentials of your skincare routine can actually benefit your skin more with only a few quality products. While finding the best cleanser for your skin type is crucial, cleansing, toning, and moisturizing are all key steps in your basic skincare routine. Plus, retinol, vitamin C, and sunblock are the main ingredients that you'll want to look for. While it can be tempting to purchase multiple serums and various lotions or creams, practicing restraint is vital for achieving glowy skin that isn't weighed down with extra product.

Overly greasy skin can also be a result of ignoring the skincare recommendations of professionals. Usually, this is simply based on a lack of knowledge by those who are trying to prioritize their skin. Aesthetician Pamela Dunn told Atlantic Health System that the vast majority of her patients are under the impression that their skin is oily when it's actually just normal. This leads them to use aggressive cleansers and toners that over-strip their natural oils, which interestingly causes the body to produce more oil to compensate.

Understand your specific skin type

While understanding the natural state of your skin can be misleading, it's an essential first step in building a skincare routine that will actually help. Learning the truth about your skin type is powerful. Since your skin can change based on your age, hormone health, or even the weather, it's especially crucial to have an established method of identifying your current skin type.

According to Byrdie, skin can fluctuate between dry, oily, sensitive, or a combination. A sign of this change usually occurs when your go-to products stop working for your skin. Your serums may start looking greasy and your moisturizer can begin to leave a thick residue on your skin, which should definitely lead you to reanalyze your lineup.

One of the best ways to figure out your current skin type is to wash your face and then see what your skin does after 30 minutes to an hour with no products. If your face starts to feel tight or itchy, it's likely considered dry. If there is an overall shine you are probably more oil-prone. Taking a tissue and laying it over your face to see where the oil picks up can help you identify combination skin as well. Once you have a good idea of where your skin lands, the fun begins: You can start shopping for products that are designed with your skin type in mind. This will be extremely helpful in avoiding excess grease and achieving skin that looks healthy, natural, and glowy.