How to look after your oily and congested skin this summer

As you've clicked on this article, we are sure you all know the frustrations and complications having an oily complexion brings to your daily life - clogged pores, your skin feeling shiny or greasy, or perhaps an increased chance of acne breakouts. However, oil helps preserve the skin, and those with oily skin tend to have thicker skin and less wrinkles. It's therefore important to find the balance between having a natural production of oil whilst also maintaining your skin's natural moisture.

Managing naturally oily skin requires making your skincare a non-negotiable daily habit in order for your complexion to be under control. Here are four ways to modify your current skincare routine to treat oily skin.

1. Ensure you're using a gentle cleanser and look for tea tree oil as an active ingredient

Using a harsh cleanser will irritate your skin and trigger increased oil production as it will strip the skin of its naturally occurring oils. When this occurs, your skin will over-compensate for this loss and produce more oil, which goes against everything you're trying to achieve.

Oil Balancing Gel Cleanser ($59.95)

It's also important to look for cleansers which contain tea tree oil such as our Oil Balancing Gel Cleanser which dissolves excess sebum (oil) that would otherwise clog pores to minimise them in size.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  "My skin was super problematic and dehydrated and the Oil Balancing Gel Cleanser has balanced my skin. It cleans my skin properly, leaves it feeling soft and does not leave my skin feeling tight and dry like a lot of my other cleansers do" - Laura

2. Look for antioxidants in your skincare to protect your skin's surface

Antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) are great antioxidants for those with oily skin. Our Oil Balancing Gel Cleanser, All Restoring Antioxidant Moisturiser, Dynamic Duo Anti Redness & Pigmentation Serum and Next Level Nourishing Australian Pink Clay Mask With Vitamin C all feature gentle yet powerful antioxidants suited for those with oily skin.

Excess Oil Routine ($250)

An active ingredient such as Niacinamide (a main ingredient in our Dynamic Duo Anti Redness & Pigmentation Serum) is an incredibly beneficial antioxidant for those with oily and acne prone skin, and is famous for its healing and soothing ability. Extensive research has shown Niacinamide works to protect the skin from environmental damage whilst also improving hydration, controlling extensive oil production, reducing signs of ageing and diminishing large pores - all of which are super beneficial for those with oily skin.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  "The Dynamic Duo Anti Redness & Pigmentation serum is fantastic! Leaves my skin feeling firm and has really healed minimise the appearance of pores. Has also heaped with oily-ness and lessening my blackheads!! 10/10 will buy again :)" - Juanita

3. Apply a clay mask two to three times per week

Clay masks tend to absorb excess oils from beneath the skin's surface and make for a great addition to the skincare routine of those who have an oily complexion.

Next Level Nourishing Australian Pink Clay Mask ($69.95)

Our Next Level Nourishing Australian Pink Clay Mask With Vitamin C is a great option as the pink clay draws out impurities such as acne, blackheads and pores - impurities that are typically common for those with oily skin. The pink clay also goes to work dispelling excess oil.

Additionally this mask is packed with Vitamin C thanks to the inclusion of Kakadu Plum - the richest form of Vitamin C in any fruit in the world by up to 10 times. This is a beautiful antioxidant for those with oily skin and leaves your skin with a bright and radiant glow.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  "In case you’re wondering, yes the Next Level Australian Pink Clay mask does live up to the hype! It feels amazing and smells divine." - Jess

4. Ensure you're using a non-comedogenic moisturiser

When selecting a moisturiser to use, particularly in the warmer weather, we advise making sure it is non-comedogenic, in other words, a moisturiser that does not include ingredients which are known to clog poresThis is particularly important for those with oily skin as clogged pores is so common for this skin complexion.

All Restoring Antioxidant Moisturiser (59.95)

Our All Restoring Antioxidant Moisturiser is a non-comedogenic moisturiser which is also packed with an abundance of carefully selected mixture of ingredients widely valued for their antioxidant concentrations, particularly suited for oily skin. These antioxidants promote microcirculation, slows down cellular ageing and promotes cell regeneration.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  "There are quite a few things i like about this moisturiser; - light weight, and not too thick in consistency - its smells so lovely -great amount of product for the price (and a little goes a long way so it’ll take a while to get to the bottom!) - adds some brightness to my skin and doesn't become too oily as the day goes on. all in all, a lovely moisturiser for anyone with combo-oily skin who enjoy a light moisturiser without having to worry about adding more oil to the skin! thanks Ava society:)" -  Eilish

It's so incredibly important to begin making skincare a non-negotiable in your daily routine. Left untreated, oily skin can lead to further acne flare ups and a build up of dead skin cells, resulting in enlarged pores.

If you are still concerned about the amount of oil your skin is producing, we have our AVA SOCIETY live chat service available between the hours of 7AM - Midnight (Sydney time) 7 days a week where you can speak directly to one of our skin specialists for further information.