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How to Take Care of Oily Skin at Night

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When you wake up, what’s the first thing you think of? For many of us, our initial thought is, “Is it Saturday? Please let it be Saturday”. Then, when we realise that it is, in fact, still only Tuesday, our thoughts turn to what we have to get done before the day has even started. Packed lunches, school runs, exercise and ironing are usually the name of the game. 

But if your first thought in the morning is “How oily is my skin” then you’re not alone. Many of us suffer with oily skin during the day, causing us to appear shiny and if we wear it, for our makeup to slip off by lunchtime. 

However, oily skin at night time is also an issue for lots of us. 

So, what causes oily skin at night and how can we manage it? Are there things we can do to try to avoid a build up of oil as we sleep and are there other things we’re doing that are making things worse?

Here’s the Sönd guide to taking care of oily skin at night. 

What causes oily skin?

Our skin is naturally oily. That is, our skin naturally produces oils that keep it hydrated, supple and soft. The main oil produced by the skin, deep within the oil glands of the pores, is a substance called sebum. 

Sebum is a wax like substance produced by the sebaceous glands that is essential for healthy skin. The problem is, some of us produce too much of it. When we produce too much sebum,our skin becomes oily, causing shine and problems with our makeup staying put for the day. 

But an excess of sebum can also cause the pores to become blocked, trapping dirt, dead skin cells, stale makeup, bacteria, pollution and oil. This can then cause spots and acne breakouts, due to blockages in the pores. 

At night, we tend to sweat and have our faces pressed up against our pillows for eight hours, which can cause excess oil production. 

Why do some people have oilier skin than others? 

Oily skin caused by the production of too much sebum can be down to a number of reasons. This can be due to hormones, primarily. When we’re going through puberty, pregnancy or the menopause, our hormones become a bit erratic. 

This hormonal imbalance can cause a rise in the male sex hormones called androgens, that are present in both biologically mae and female bodies. A rise in androgens then triggers therelease of more sebum, causing oilier skin. 

Othercauses of oily skin include our genetics - if our parents have oily skin, then the chances are, we will too - certain foods and being in a sweaty or humid environment. 

How to help prevent oily skin at night

If you’re prone to oily skin, then there are steps you can take tocare for your oily skin. But what about at night? 

Here’s some top tips that will help your skin feel less greasy when you wake up each morning…

Double cleanse before bed

Double cleansing is the process of using two different cleansers to remove dirt, makeup, cellular debris and excess oil. It might sound like a bit of a long winded routine, but honestly, most skin types will benefit from double cleansing. 

The idea is to use an oil based cleanser followed by a water based cleanser. We go into more detail onhow to double cleanse here. Doing so will make sure your pores are clear, and will be less likely to have excess oil hanging around before you’ve even gone to bed. 

A gentle, plant based oil cleanser, such as ourClean Slate Cream Cleanser will help to gently attract oil based dirt and makeup without stripping the skin of it’s natural oil. Then, follow this with a gentle water based, natural soap to wash away pollution and environmental toxins. 

Get involved with clay! 

Clay face masks are taking the world by storm at the moment, because this simple ingredient is pretty awesome at absorbing sweat, dirt and excess oil from the skin. What’s more, it does this without upsetting it or stripping away the oils the skin still needs to keep it supple. 

Our brand newClear Out Face Mask is made using bentonite clay which is known for gently removing impurities from the skin, and having a mattifying effect. An intensive detox for your skin, it leaves behind cleaner, clearer skin less prone to pore blockages, acne breakouts and excess oil. Use it once a week to help keep your oily skin under control. 

Don’t ever skip the moisturiser

It can be tempting, if you have oily skin, to avoid using a moisturiser, especially at night. After all, with oily skin, isn’t the skin already moisturised enough?

Sadly not. After cleansing, all skin types need to have the moisture put back into their skin. Without moisturiser, the skin can become dehydrated. This then causes the skin to produce more sebum to compensate, and we all know what that means - oily skin! 

So make sure you always moisturise before going to bed. Experiment with different types of moisturiser, as you may need a slightly less heavy night time moisturiser if your skin is particularly oily. 

The Sönd Midnight Feast Night Cream is packed with nourishing plant based oils and is suitable for all skin types, including oily skin. Oils?! We hear you say! I can’t use oil on my oily skin! But we beg to differ. Because not all oils are created equal. 

Gentle, plant based oils, as opposed to heavy oils such as mineral oil which is produced as aby-product of the petroleum industry (urgh), are very beneficial for the skin. Even excessively oily skin. 

This is because they’re lightweight enough to penetrate deeper into the skin where they can nourish and support it. Unlike mineral oil which is heavier and tends to sit on the surface of the skin, potentially blocking the pores and cause spots and acne outbreaks. 

We’ve got all your skin care needs covered, with our simple range of alkalising skin care products. They’re all free from mineral oils and chemical nasties, and have been developed with stressed out skin in mind.

Whether oily, acne prone, sensitive or all three,our skin care range made with skin supporting silica salts is about to become your skin care regime of choice, we just know it! 


Hannah de Gruchy BSc(Hons)

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Hannah de Gruchy is a freelancer writer who specialises in health and wellness. She has a keen interest in the biology of skin and loves using her words to help separate the real science of skincare from the pseudoscience of some skincare brands. Hannah has a degree in Human Biology and many years’ experience working in laboratories around London. Using this experience, Hannah enjoys turning complex science into interesting, engaging and easy to digest pieces to read. In her spare time, Hannah runs, practices yoga and loves cooking plant based foods.

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