If you have oily skin and live in a hot, humid place like Mumbai, you may feel like you have to wash your face every hour. We have always read about washing our face no more than twice a day or risk drying it out. But what if I told you that you can wash your face more than twice?
Shocking, right? I have mentioned in my previous skincare articles that you must wash your face only twice a day. And I still stand by it if you have normal to dry skin. But I have a reason for contradicting my own advice. If you are my regular reader, you guys already know that I have a super oily skin. There’s enough oil on my face to end the world’s oil crisis!
That, coupled with the humid climate, and obviously, at any point of the day, my skin is a greasy mess. Hence, I have this constant urge to wash my face throughout the day. I keep splashing water every hour or so, and although it is refreshing, it doesn’t help much in the oil control department. Also, letting the oil stay on my face means clogged pores and possible breakouts!
If you are going through the same dilemma, I have finally found some ways to clean your face more than twice a day without the risk of drying it out. These can be used once in between your morning and evening facewash routine to get rid of all extra oil and refresh your skin instantly without stripping away natural sebum.
1. Powder Cleansers
The best way to get rid of all that oil and dirt without overdrying your skin is using powder cleansers. These are super gentle yet effective at cleansing dirt without stripping off natural sebum.
I fell in love with the Skincare Villa Oats and Almond Cleanser and use it for a perfect mid-day cleanse. It cleanses well and leaves my skin soft and glowing. They have some great options for all skin types which you can try out.
2. Soap-Free Facewash
A soap or surfactant-free, non-foaming facewash can be used for some mild cleansing during the day. They clean your skin of all dirt and oil are mild enough to not irritate your skin by drying it out.
You will find such facewashes among brands that position themselves in natural/organic skincare. I reviewed the Biotique Visibly Ageless Scrub Wash on the blog and it perfectly fits the bill for this job.
Rose water has some amazing cleansing properties and will clean your skin of dirt and oil instantly. Just soak a cotton pad in rose water and wipe it all over your face and neck. Or else spray some on your face and wipe it off with a tissue.
It does not just cleanse but also hydrates and tones your skin well. You can use this more than once a day, so keep a small bottle handy (I store mine in the fridge and it is really refreshing during hotter months).
4. DIY cleanser
Mix besan(chickpea flour) with curd or rosewater to make a gentle cleanser at home. We all know besan is good for cleansing and used on kids as well, so it is super gentle.
You can use powdered oats too as they have natural saponins which act as a cleansing agent and absorb excess oil leaving natural sebum levels intact.
5. Cleansing water/milk
Another great option to cleanse oil is using cleansing milk or cleansing water( better known as micellar water). These are excellent at gently removing oil and dirt without drying out skin. Just take a little quantity on a cotton pad and wipe it all over your face.
The Garnier Micellar Water has an ‘almost’ clean ingredient list and will work for this purpose. Another option is the Biobloom Cleansing Milk.
6. Wet wipes
Wet wipes are the shortcut to a fresh face when there is no water available. I always carry a packet whenever I travel. If you are out and don’t have any of the above face cleansers on hand, use these wet wipes to clean your face and freshen up.
I always carry them in my bag and they are perfect for sudden lunch or dinner plans. I recommend using the Mamaearth Organic Bamboo Based Wipes since they are affordable and eco-friendly too.
There, you don’t have to fear overwashing your face using the above methods. All these options cleanse well without stripping away the skin’s natural oils. So you no longer have to walk around looking like a grease ball.
Give these methods a try to wash your face during the day and let me which one worked well for you.
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