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Our Best Serums for Oily Skin
While you may already know that serums can target skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation, dehydration and signs of ageing, they can also bring some much-needed balance to oily skin types. You just need to know what ingredients to look for and when to apply yours.
What is oily skin?
If your face is prone to being on the shiny side, especially later on in the day, and your makeup can be known to slide off mid-afternoon, your sebaceous glands are probably working overtime. Everyone has oil in their skin to keep it hydrated and healthy but too much sebum can cause skin, especially on the T-Zone, which makes up your forehead, nose and chin, to feel greasy and be more prone to breakouts and acne.
What causes oily skin?
Unfortunately, some causes of oily skin are in your control and some are not. Genetics can play a big part. If one of your parents has oily skin, the chances are you will too. Androgens are the hormones predominantly responsible for producing oil – increased androgen production, which can happen during puberty, menstruation and pregnancy, can encourage an increase in sebum production. Stress and rising levels of the stress hormone cortisol can also stimulate an increase in oil production.
Scrubbing your face too many times a day and using products that are too harsh for your skin can also strip away the natural oils that need to keep it healthy. This can then trigger the overproduction of sebum as your body creates more oil to replace what is lost. Continually overwashing your skin can therefore encourage the continued over production of oil.
Where you live and the time of year can also have an impact on how oily your skin is. Hot, humid climates and warm weather during the summer months can stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, too. Using blotting sheets throughout the day and the right skincare routine can help to soak up excess oil though.
How to apply serum
Balance is key to any good oily skincare routine. Start your day with a gentle cleanser that removes sweat and any debris you may have picked up from your pillowcase overnight but doesn’t strip your skin’s surface of natural oils and moisture. Our non-drying Gel Éclat foam cleanser gently removes impurities while hydrating your skin.
Next, gently exfoliate with products rich in salicylic acid or other chemical exfoliants that penetrate deep inside the pores to keep them clear of dirt, oil and dead skin cells.
Follow with a serum for oily skin rich in ingredients such as sebum-controlling niacinamide, like our Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum, which targets oily skin at the source by slowing down how much oil your skin releases. Salicylic acid serums also help to deep clean pores of excess oil and prevent breakouts. Apply on the face and neck in the morning and night using outward and upward motions and follow with your daily moisturiser to trap in the active ingredients and all their benefits.
Every morning skincare routine should finish with a layer of high-factor broad-spectrum SPF to keep your skin protected from damaging UV rays. Look for mattifying formulas to keep oily skin shine-free.
Our best serums for oily skin
Advanced Génifique Serum
For a hydrating oily skin face serum, choose the Advanced Génifique Serum. Drawing on 20 years of research, it combines hyaluronic acid and a complex of seven prebiotic and probiotic-derived extracts to help improve your skin’s barrier recovery to keep you looking healthier and younger. Applying a layer morning and night can also help to improve skin tone and texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and give your skin a boost of radiance.
Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum
The potent vitamin C serum for oily skin offers a triple dose of active ingredients hyaluronic acid, vitamin C+ niacinamide, and ferulic acid. Thanks to its triple-chamber packaging, the ingredients are designed to deliver optimal anti-ageing benefits without being harsh on the skin, too. Once blended, the lightweight and fast-absorbing serum penetrates deep into the skin to help hydrate and firm skin, help it to retain moisture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots. Ferulic acid is also a powerful antioxidant with skin-protecting properties and helps to neutralise harmful free radical damage.