ELLE’s Skin Care Guide For Oily Skin This Summer

Skin care guide for oily skin

Are you fed up of powdering your face every two hours? Don’t worry; you’re not alone! A sizeable share of women in India fall under the oily skin category due to the perpetual heat and humidity across the year. While the weather has a role to play, our hormones also have a considerable contribution in determining our skin type. Oily skin refers to the excessive production of sebum that leads to a greasy cast on your face.

Just like any other skin type, oily skin too demands a discrete skin care routine that caters to its needs and concerns. Here’s a routine that will help you ace your skin care guide for oily skin 

Face Cleanser

A gel-based cleanser is best suited for oily skin as opposed to creamy cleansers that contain moisturising butter and oils.

Usage: Twice a day

Our Pick: Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel pulls out dirt and grime without stripping off the natural oils. The product is soap-free and maintains the oil balance of the skin.

Face Scrub

The most common cause of clogged pores is the oil trapped into them. This makes skin prone to acne and zits. To keep your pore health in check, exfoliation is vital. Again, use a gel-based scrub that doesn’t build a creamy or foamy layer on the skin but works upon unclogging the pores, pulling out excess oil and smoothening the skin.

Usage: Twice a week

Our Pick: Simple Clear Pore Scrub contains thyme and witch hazel minus the harsh particles.

Face Mask

Routine face mask rituals can make skin feel smooth and clear. The detoxifying and oil-sucking property of clay and kaolin masks make it a go-to choice if you’re having trouble with greasy and sticky skin.

Usage: Twice a week

Our Pick: Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2X is specially crafted to control sebum and deep cleanse the pores. It leaves the skin feeling soft, fresh and oil-free.


Using a toner is that one extra step that can help you manage your oil situation effectively. Of course, you need the right formulation that keeps excess sebum production at bay. Look for ingredients such as salicylic acid, tea tree and witch hazel.

Usage: Twice a day

Our Pick: The Body Shop Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner is crafted for oily and blemished skin and preps skin for the next step.

Face Serum

Give a boost of hydration to your dull skin with ingredients such as aloe vera, hyaluronic acid and green tea. Oily skin tends to get dehydrated and needs extra something to replenish the lost water content that keeps skin soft and supple.

Usage: Once or twice a day

Our Pick: Paula’s Choice The Hyaluronic Acid Booster is packed with globally-loved HA that restores moisture without making skin greasy and oily.



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Oily skin needs moisturiser as much as any other skin type. Not moisturising enough can cause dehydration which leads to more sebum production. The key is to pick a lightweight and gel-based moisturiser that does the job without feeling heavy and sticky.

Usage: Twice a day

Our Pick: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel quickly absorbs into the skin and ensures skin is happy and healthy.


SPF is a must, no matter what is your skin type. But not everyone needs to use the same sunscreen. For oily skin, you can opt for mineral and gel-based sunscreen that offers a matte finish.

Usage: Every two hours during the day

Our Pick: Lotus Herbals UV Screen MatteGel is ideal if you’re battling with excuses sebum. The broad-spectrum sunscreen acts as a shield from UVA and UVB rays.

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