Contrary to popular belief, applying an oil to oily, blemished prone skin can actually help repair and balance your skin and oil flow. Hard to believe, right? It can be tricky to wrap your head around, but we’ll do our best to explain why and also share with you some of the best oils and products you can use on your skin for topical relief.

Essential oils are very powerful and offer many benefits for the skin, however, it is important to be using these oils in the right amounts, especially if you are prone to sensitive skin and skin conditions. Luckily for you, we take care of this at our end to make sure we are creating the most effective products we possibly can that work to improve your skin health and complexion at the same time (but we’ll go a little more into that later on).
When it comes to oily skin, there can be a number of causes. Your menstrual cycle (hormones) and stress levels are two major contributors to breakouts and increased oil production. Other factors such as the weather, allergies, diet/nutritional deficiencies, genetics and beauty products can also affect the oil production and wellbeing of the skin.

Discovering what triggers your oily skin or breakouts can sometimes be difficult, but our body is usually pretty crafty when giving us clues. Often, the placement of your breakouts is a good indication. For example, blemishes along the chin, jawline, neck, shoulders, and back are often hormonal. Breakouts on the cheeks are often related to the stomach, diet, and digestion. While acne on the forehead and hairline can be related to sluggish bowels, digestion, stress/lifestyle factors and can even be a result of beauty products that contain chemicals that congest the pores.

Natural Remedies

We’re all about natural remedies, these are some of the best things (in our opinion) you can do to balance your hormones, oil production, and skin health. It will come as no surprise that one of the biggest factors affecting skin health and function is our diet. Be sure to incorporate a balance of the following into your diet:

  • Essential fatty acids, these reduce inflammation, reduce androgens and balance your hormones. Many people with acne experience deficiencies in EFA’s. You can find healthy fats in Avocado, nuts and seeds, evening primrose oils, coconut oil, borage oil and plenty more!
  • Vitamins, in particular C & A, Zinc and Magnesium
  • Herbs are another effective natural remedy and there are an abundance to choose from.
  • For stress, try using Holy Basil, Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Gynostemma
  • For hormonal balancing, Licorice root, Maca, Red Clover, Vitex Berry
  • Green and Spearmint tea are excellent anti-androgens
  • Avoid foods high in sugar as this creates a spike which ultimately puts stress on the body. Low GI foods get the green light along with leafy vegetables, fruits (in moderation), healthy fats and proteins.

Lifestyle Habits

Lifestyle factors also influence our skin. Poor sleep quality, physical and emotional stress, irregular exercise activity all greatly impact the performance and health of our skin and bodies.

  • The benefits of a good night sleep cannot be underestimated. Struggle to get a quality night's sleep? Check out these 37 Science-Baked Tips For Better Sleep Tonight.
  • Stress less! Easier said than done sometimes but it is crucial for our health and wellbeing we learn to control our stress levels. Meditation and mindful breathing is a great way to calm our bodies and reduce stress, check out this 10 Minute Meditation to help you find your zen again.
  • Regular physical activity also helps keep our skin and health in check. The benefits of exercise are infinite, even something as simple as a light walk can help to clear the mind, reduce stress and get your blood moving, all of which will help with the health and wellbeing of your skin, mind, and body.

Now that we know how we can identify what triggers these breakouts and overproduction of oils along with natural remedies and lifestyle changes we can adopt to prevent them from constantly reoccurring, let’s move into specific oils and products that are great for maintaining and achieving optimal skin health.

Oils to revitalise and replenish

Fennel Flower – Fennel assists in balancing oily skin without drying it out. This oil also acts as a toner and stimulates circulation ultimately leading to clearer, healthier skin.

Grapeseed – This oil mimics our skins natural oil production and is also a great source of Vitamin C and other anti-oxidants which are known to brighten the skin.

Jojoba – A clever multi-tasker that soothes and moisturises the skin while offering oil-balancing, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.

Manuka Tree Leaf – is a great, natural anti-bacterial that also boasts anti-fungal, anti-microbial and wound healing properties.

Products to rebalance and rejuvenate 

We can never go past our Earth Cream Tinted Moisturiser when it comes to beautiful coverage with big skin benefits. This formula has been carefully created for even the most sensitive and troubled skin. Packed to the brim with many of the oils and ingredients that boast anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, wound healing, oil balancing, moisturising and repairing properties, the list goes on! Did we mention it also protects against 80% of UVA and UVB rays? Talk about clever! You can pick up this powerful (yet gentle) tinted moisturiser and protection cream for only $20. Available in Light, Medium, and Medium/Dark.

If you’re looking for a fuller, buildable coverage or just prefer the look and feel of a mineral powder, then look no further than our Mineral Foundation Powder. This lightweight, versatile formula is suitable for all skin tones and any skin type (even the fussiest skin) and offers 93% protection against UVA and UVB rays. You can build on the coverage by applying in light layers to achieve the look you desire.

Looking for some extra moisture, a dewy finish or extra health benefits for your skin? Why not add a drop of Evening Primrose Oil, Tamanu Oil or Rosehip oil to your Mineral Foundation Powder? This will create a liquid style foundation that smooths over your skin for a lasting coverage.

You can also use a MooGoo Moisturiser, Serum or Oil to prime prior to applying your makeup for added hydration and a smoother application.

Oils are also very important when it comes to creating nourishing lip products too. Our entire collection of Lipsticks, Lip Glosses and Lip Shine contain natural moisturising oils to keep your lips smooth and plump without synthetic chemicals.

We’re big on sourcing natural, effective ingredients and oils, you can see this in our formulations. Each ingredient we use serves a specific purpose and will work to enhance the health, condition, and appearance of your skin. We encourage you not to be afraid of oils, but embrace them and watch the benefits unfold. For more information about choosing the right products for your skin type, reach out to us at info@dustygirls.com.au so we can get you started on the right regime for your skin.

Sammy,

and the rest of the Natural Beauties.