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How to Find an Anti-Aging Product That Won’t Weigh Down Oily Skin

How do you find anti-aging products for oily skin? It can be a real challenge, given that so many anti-aging products tend to be on the heavier side and can actually end up clogging oily skin before offering the anti-aging benefits. Read on to find out how to refine your search.

So you have oily skin. Everything was fine in your teens and early 20s when your main focus when it came to skin care products was anything that would keep your sebum production in control and keep acne at bay. But then your late 20s or 30s hit and suddenly you’re craving something more.

Afraid to veer into the whole anti-aging skin care product territory (remember that one time you took a gamble on an anti-aging cream and your pores were clogged for weeks?), you’ve settled on the fact that there’s just not a skin care product out there that’s going to offer you the intense benefits that all those heavy anti-aging products do yet still be light enough to not clog your pores and kick your sebum production into overdrive.

It’s time to change your mind! When it comes to finding anti-aging products that will work on oily skin, the key is paying attention to the type of product you choose and the ingredients that are in that product. Let me explain…

Pay attention the type of product you choose:

When looking for an anti-aging product, you’ll generally want to stay away from creams and emulsions if you have super oily skin. Most creams that are billed as anti-aging are super heavy and full of a lot of occlusives and jam-packed with a lot of hydrating properties. You don’t need additional hydration; you need an adequately hydrating product that has other ingredients that directly address wrinkles, sagging, brightness, and puffiness.

So on that note, you’ll want to steer towards products that have a lighter consistency, like cleansers and toners. “Oily and combination skin are best treated with ingredients that will remove excess oils without stripping the skin,” says Monique Olivares, a PA at Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City. “Gentle washes with hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid and/or salicylic acid can achieve a healthy level of degreasing without causing excess dryness and inflammation. In addition, they provide an excellent anti-aging benefit.”

Cleansers are good choice, but those wash off. If you’re looking for a product that stays on and infuses skin with nutrients, seek a powerhouse toner. Korean toners are unlike their American counterparts. They go way beyond just offering an extra cleansing step in your routine. Not only do they work to deep clean pores and erase any extra impurities on your skin, they’re often packed with skin-benefitting ingredients to address certain skin concerns. You could kind of say that Korean toners are a fusion of toners and serums in one. Which brings me to my next point…

Pay attention the ingredients in your toner:

There are two things to look for in an anti-aging toner for oily skin: A formula that balances your skin and controls sebum production and a formula that is packed with light ingredients that target specific issues. “Toners can be especially helpful after cleansing of the skin by balancing the natural skin pH and removing additional impurities,” says Olivares. “A great anti-aging toner will address most causes of skin aging such as free radicals, inflammation, and hydration as well as provide nutrients.” She recommends looking for toners that feature hyaluronic acid and vitamins.

If you’re looking for brightness, give the D’alba Piedmont Peptide No-Sebum Balancing Toner a try.

This toner is super lightweight (it feels like patting water into your skin) and features two superior anti-aging ingredients: pearl extract and Italian white truffle. Pearl extract is an ingredient heralded in the Korean skin care community for its amazing brightening properties. It works to even out skin tone and lift any signs of redness or pigmentation. The other main ingredient, Italian white truffle extract, is a coveted ingredient that works to help speed up cell regeneration, shedding dead skin cells faster, lifting wrinkles and revealing fresh skin.

Don’t worry about these ingredients clogging your pores; this toner was formulated with a blend of BHAs to lightly exfoliate skin and control sebum production. So, you’ll get blackhead treatment and wrinkle and pigmentation all in one little toner!

If you’re looking to lift dark spots, give the Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner a try.

This is one of those do-it-all toners that works beautifully for oily skin. Packed with salicylic acid, this toner goes to work on excess sebum, leaving skin with less acne and less shiny. Even more, one of the main ingredients is aloe vera extract, which works to soothe skin and decrease puffiness and redness.

Snail mucin is another featured ingredient, which is one of the best secrets for plump, clear, and glowing skin. Snail mucin contains an impressive blend of amino acids that actually help the skin rebuild itself, lifting the appearance of acne scars and sun spots, while strengthening the skin’s barrier, allowing it look plumper and more supple.

If you’re looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, try out the COSRX Galactomycles Alcohol-Free Toner.

This toner is for all of you out there with oily skin who cringe at the thought of applying more layers of product on your already-congested skin. Since this toner comes in a spray form, all you have to do is spritz a light mist over your skin and boom, you’re good to go.

But don’t forget about the ingredients! You will fall in love with this toner if you’re looking to lift fine lines. First up, there’s 10 percent Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, an ingredient prized for its ability to smooth out skin texture and even out tone. Then there’s a hefty dose of hyaluronic acid, more particularly sodium hyaluronate, which is a more potent version of hyaluronic acid that goes deeper into pores infusing them with moisture and plumping up skin.

Don’t be afraid of the moisture hyaluronic acid offers; it offers a different type of hydration compared to the heavy occlusives and butters that are in products for dry skin. It’s a lightweight ingredient that actually targets dehydrated skin, which is actually super different from dry skin, and something that oily and combination skin can definitely have. Long story short: hyaluronic acid offers hydration to skin (something that all skin needs, regardless of type) and products for dry skin offers moisture to skin through oils and butters.

Bottom line:

Don’t give up on your dreams of younger-looking skin if you have oily skin and also are starting to see some fine lines. There is a happy compromise! You just have to seek out the right type of product (lightweight toners or serums) with the right ingredients (actives and vitamin-enriched nutrients instead of occlusives).

+ Got questions on the best anti-aging products for oily skin? I’d love to answer! Share them in the comments below!

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