Winter K-Beauty Skin Care Products For Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

Oily skin needs hydration too! Below, we share a checklist of products to try this winter to keep your oily skin in check and healthy.

With the changing of seasons comes a change of skincare routine – it’s a somewhat universal concept, isn’t it? Well, back pedal a few years back, and this oily-skinned girl can’t budge. I refused to increase my hydration or reduce my exfoliation, and in retrospect, no wonder my skin looked as irritated and red as it did the first few winters in New York City.

That’s right, even those with oily skin need to make skincare trade-offs to keep their skin in top condition when the temperatures drop. Here are the types of products I roll into my routine and why they might work for you, too.

Nourishing Oil Cleanser

As someone who is incredibly acne-prone, I was surprised and very happily surprised to learn that using an oil cleanser helped clear my skin. Plus, my skin feels less tight and more moisturized overall. During the cooler months, I especially love Then I Met You Living Cleansing Balm. It’s infused with sea buckthorn oil and dissolves makeup, SPF, and excess sebum without stripping the skin.

Scrub with PHAs

Exfoliating your pores with AHAs and BHAs is important all year round, but it can be easier to over-exfoliate your pores and as a result dehydrate your skin during the harsh winter. This is why it’s a great time to use PHAs, or PHAs, either exclusively or to switch up your usual exfoliation routine. Because they have a greater molecular weight, they do not penetrate the skin as deeply and are less likely to cause irritation.

The ingredient is contained in Some By Mi AHA-BHA-PHA 30Days Miracle Gentle Toner, as well as Nature-derived tea tree, which treats inflammation and acne. It really is the best of both worlds.

hydrating toner

Among the oily and acne-prone communities, acid and astringent toners tend to be the formulas of choice, but in the winter, I like to cut back on exfoliation and instead prepare my skin with a silky, fluffy, hydrating toner.

Rovectin Lotus Water Calming Toner specifically didn’t make me break out in any way, and it’s usually my biggest concern with adding more hydration to my routine. My favorite thing about this toner is that it’s packed with hyaluronic acid, which helps hydrate the skin and strengthen the protective barrier.

Serum contains niacinamide

Niacinamide is known to regulate oil production, brighten, and help reduce pore size, but without drying. Since it can regulate oil without stripping the skin, it’s a great addition for anyone who is acne-prone.

Related: All you need to know about niacinamide

The ingredient is found in Manyo Factory Galac Niacin 2.0 Essence, which also contains fermented galactomyces extract.

Lightweight night mask

Not all sleep masks are heavy and clog pores. One of my favorites is the COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask. It uses lightweight sunflower seed oil to provide deep hydration, niacinamide to continue to brighten and help control oil, and 65% rice extract, which helps hydrate and brighten even more.

Ceramide moisturizer

Ceramides not only provide deep hydration to the skin, but also help strengthen your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Having a strong moisture barrier is key as it helps ensure that moisture is not lost throughout the day.

The Then I Met You Calming Tide Gel Cream contains ceramides, an antioxidant and peptide-packed, and contains niacinamide, which you now know is a powerful ingredient to help control oil and give your skin a brighter glow.

+ How do you deal with oily skin in the winter? Let’s know!

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