There’s a great quote by Mark Twain that goes: “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Lol, good one, Mr. Twain. At the same time, it’s true enough to say that age is more of a state of mind than anything else. Don’t you agree?
There are plenty of people around the world that, while they aren’t what your average teen would consider “young”, these people still feel and look great and people look at them and say “Wow!”.
How do they do it? Yes, sometimes it is genetics at play, or it could be (in the case of Halle Berry), she has a lot of money to spend on whatever treatments she wants.
We all don’t have that luxury, but knowledge is power. Also, it’s worth noting that darker skin doesn’t wrinkle the same way as lighter skin, so there’s that to consider as well.
How To Stay Looking Youthful – Tips
Those of us who aren’t mega celebs must do it the old fashioned way, which is simply to take care of themselves in general, and this is the main cause of their youthful appearance, which, we must say, includes having the right attitude, so don’t forget to smile once in a while. It will make you and everyone else forget about the concept of “age”.
“Taking care of yourself”, in the general sense, can involve numerous factors, including each of the following:
- healthy sleep patterns
- good dietary choices
- a consistent and challenging exercise routine
- a healthy sex life
- healthy socialization habits with friends and family
- stay relaxed / low stress
- staying out of the sun
- drinking lots of water
- having the right skin care routines in place
- limited alcohol consumption, or excessive amounts of sugar
We wanted to mention these above tips because if you’re not generally aiming to follow these good health guidelines, you’re going to have issues with what we’re going to talk about next.
How To Choose the Best Anti-Aging Skin Care Products for Extra Oily Skin
Now, when it comes to skin care, if you are someone who has been investigating various anti-aging products as part of your skin care regimen, there’s no doubt that the market these days is flooded with products and various bold claims, many of which use the word “miracle”.
You can spend a fortune on those “cure all” products, and you might (if you’re desperate), but we say listen to reason! You need to keep in mind is that there’s no such product that can reverse the aging process. As mentioned above, it’s more about your lifestyle and attitude than one magic silver bullet product that can make you look 10 years younger.
That said, “age defying” products are everywhere these days, and we’re not saying some of these products can’t prove helpful in some way, so long as your expectations are based in reality.
If you have particularly oily skin, the job of figuring out which products are going to clear up problem skin becomes a challenge, because choosing the wrong product could make things worse. Your face and skin are going to become somewhat of a test lab for various projects, and it is possible that the wrong combination of products aren’t going have the best results, so watch out!
Ok, so the key to understanding oily skin, particularly on your face, is to understand how the sebaceous glands function. What are sebaceous glands? Take a look at this diagram below to get an idea.
Essentially, these are the glands that produce lubricant for skin and hair, located just below the skin’s surface.
Here’s a video talking more about the sebaceous glands, although it is in the context of a treatment called sebaceous gland ablation through surgical diathermy, which you can explore yourself if you wish.
Keeping in mind there are treatments like this which can directly address certain problems involving your sebaceous glands, we want to approach the problem of extra oily skin in a more long term, holistic way, using natural solutions as opposed to these kind of more surgical treatments.
As much as we’re sure you would like to take care of any skin problems immediately, we want to look at this as a long term commitment to better skin care, which will ultimately help in your anti aging efforts because you will ultimately understand your skin, and what you’re putting on it.
What is Sebum?
With oily skin and other conditions such as acne, as you might imagine, these sebaceous glands tend to overdo it a little bit when it comes to secreting something called sebum.
When it comes to your face and its oily sheen, it is the sebum that causes this mainly, as it is a lubricant.
Considering that your sebaceous glands release the sebum, and these glands are active on most parts of your body, but especially on the face, this is why we run into so many problems with having conditions appearing on our faces like acne, but also various types of blemishes. The pores get clogged for various reasons, and this is the result.
Wrinkles, Blemishes, and other Skin Abrasions
It is worth thinking about the fact that wrinkles on your face or anywhere else are not the result of “damage”, per se, unless you consider just being alive as a type of damage, which is part of that bad attitude, right? You simply can’t view natural processes as being inherently bad, as it can make you feel more and more negative towards life, and this just creates a vicious cycle, which is visible right there on your face! In other words, the stress from worrying about wrinkles causes more wrinkles.
That’s right – stop worrying about it. But we do understand it is a challenge. Wrinkles, when compounded with various “natural” skin conditions like acne, can make your face look … well, if not old, then not healthy. So, a lot of times we try to “fix” this problem with make up, layers and layers of it, and this can also make things worse for our skin as we are essentially trying to conceal a problem that won’t go away simply by covering it up.
Another thing that stress makes us do is .. eat a pizza! Or something oily like that. And then, we run into a situation where maybe we are not only trying to cover up our problems with the wrong make up, but we are stressed, and we are eating wrong, and that all affects our skin, especially on our faces. At this point the sebaceous glands are going totally haywire, resulting in skin damage via things like acne.
Alrighty, so we’re almost at the good stuff – the specific solutions that can actually correct your skin situation and make you look younger and healthier, because you’re actually looking at your skin like a dermatologist would, and you’re treating it right. What are these magical ingredients and products that can help to correct your skin problems and make you look and feel younger and better? Let’s get into it!
There is a specific ingredient that you’ll want to look for when searching for anti-aging products for oily skin, and that would be salicylic acid.
This ingredient is considered an anti-fungal and it can do wonders for you skin, such as reducing the levels of acne that can appear on your face and skin, while at the same time lessening the overall oiliness by unclogging clogged pours of the debris and bacteria that is tripped within.
This is a natural product which is exacted from willow tree bark that is known by dermatologists as a keratolytic, meaning that it helps exfoliate the skin and promotes cell renewal.
Here is a video by our friend, Dr. Pimple Popper, to explain more about salicylic acid.
As the good doctor mentions, be careful how much you use of this stuff, because it might not work the way you plan, especially if you overuse it in a panic to get rid of various skin issues. The doctor in this video recommends testing it out, and seeing how your skin reacts, before deciding you need to use it every single day in liberal amounts. Just be careful with it, as with anything!
Retinol and Retinoid
Two other similar sounding ingredients to look for include retinol and retinoid, and they do the same thing, which is to help to lessen the amount of wrinkles on your face without causing damage to the skin itself.
Retinol, for instance, is considered to be a non-prescription drug, while on the other hand, retinoid requires a prescription to get.
Here’s a great video by gossmakeupchat, who talks about using different combinations of retinol to get his skin looking the best it has ever looked. Inspiring!
Glycol, Lactic, Citric Acid
If you find that your skin is not overly sensitive, you might want to look for products that also include ingredients such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, or citric acid.
The reason here is because each of these types of acids assist in the resurfacing of your skin. If you are a man, look for anti-wrinkle creams that contain glycolic acid specifically.
Watch this great video featuring Stephanie Durham, who talks about how glycolic acid did wonders to deal with her skin problems.
When it comes to formulation, you want to go light because that will be best. Look out for the specific products that come in the form of either serum or gel. If you have extremely oily skin, you will want to avoid creams that are very heavy, but that doesn’t mean you should not use lotion entirely. Some formulations are lighter, and water-based, and those are the types that you’ll want to focus on, as there are no additional oils adding to your skin.
Water-based is best
Again, with cosmetics, you will want to go for something that is water-based, as opposed to oil-based. If you are looking to cover up any kind of blemish or wrinkle, that’s where you’ll want to find some type of mineral-based make up. On top of that, look for a matte-style finish, as you are probably dealing with enough shininess already from your already oily skin. Matte finish will cover that up, and make your skin look less shiny.
In conclusion, what you are trying to do with anti-aging skin care products for especially oily skin is balance out the sebum so you can avoid having your skin look especially shiny. We have mentioned the various ingredients that are best for that: salicylic acid, retinol, retinoid, and various acids like glycol acid, lactic acid, and citric acid. Water-based, lighter formulations are the way to go, and matte finishes are something to look for as well. We hope this article has helped!