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Winter Skincare Series: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Oily Skin in Winter

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Hi friends! Welcome back to our Winter Skincare Series! I have really been feeling the winter vibes this past week as the mornings have been close to ZERO degrees and we had our first frost, which I honestly really love ❄️ As the chilly winds and cozy sweaters take over, it's time to give our skin some extra love and attention. Today, we’re diving into the world of oily skin and how to keep it glowing, not greasy, during the winter months.


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First things first, let’s decode what causes oily skin. Oily skin is typically the result of overactive sebaceous glands producing excess sebum. While a little sebum is great for keeping your skin moisturised, too much of it can lead to unwanted shine, clogged pores, and breakouts. Factors like genetics, hormonal changes, stress, diet, and even the weather can all play a role in how oily your skin becomes.




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You might think that winter is a relief for oily skin, but the truth is, it comes with its own set of challenges. In summer, the heat and humidity can exacerbate oiliness, but in winter, the cold air and indoor heating can strip your skin of moisture. This can trick your skin into producing even more oil to compensate. So, what’s the key to balancing your skin in the winter?


What Oily Skin Needs in Winter:

  1. Hydration Without the Grease: Opt for lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturisers that provide hydration without clogging pores.

  2. Gentle Cleansing: Use gentle, sulphate-free cleansers that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils.

  3. Balancing Act: Incorporate ingredients that balance oil production, such as niacinamide and salicylic acid.

  4. Sun Protection: Don’t skip the SPF! Even in winter, UV rays can damage your skin.

  5. Exfoliation: Regular but gentle exfoliation helps keep pores clear without over-drying your skin.




Did you know that what you eat can have a significant impact on your skin’s oil production? Here’s how you can tweak your diet to help manage oily skin, especially in winter:

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  1. Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water keeps your skin hydrated from the inside out, which can help regulate oil production.

  2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Found in fish, like salmon and flaxseeds, omega-3s can reduce inflammation and help control oil production.

  3. Antioxidant-Rich Foods: Incorporate plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in vitamins A and C, to combat oxidative stress that can lead to excess oil production.

  4. Avoid Sugary and Greasy Foods: High sugar intake and greasy foods can spike insulin levels, which may increase oil production. Opt for whole grains and lean proteins instead.

  5. Probiotics: Foods like yogurt and kefir support a healthy gut, which is linked to improved skin health and reduced oiliness.




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Natural remedies can work wonders for oily skin, especially when tailored for winter.


  1. Aloe Vera: This miracle plant soothes and hydrates without adding oil. Use pure aloe vera gel as a moisturiser.

  2. Green Tea: Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, green tea can reduce sebum production. Try a green tea toner or mask.

  3. Witch Hazel: Acts as a natural astringent to tighten pores and control oil.

  4. Jojoba Oil: Mimics your skin's natural sebum, helping to regulate oil production. Use a few drops as a serum.





Morning Routine:

  1. Cleanser: Start your day with a gentle, sulphate-free cleanser.

  2. Toner: Apply a balancing toner with witch hazel or green tea.

  3. Serum: Use a niacinamide serum to help control oil.

  4. Moisturiser: Choose a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturiser.

Evening Routine:

  1. Cleanser: Use the same gentle cleanser to remove the day’s grime.

  2. Exfoliate: 2-3 times a week, use a gentle exfoliant with salicylic acid.

  3. Toner: Apply your balancing toner again.

  4. Serum: Use a serum with salicylic acid to keep pores clear.

  5. Moisturiser: Finish with your lightweight moisturiser. Add a drop of jojoba oil if extra hydration is needed.




Let’s get crafty with some simple DIY recipes that your oily skin will love this winter!


1. Green Tea and Aloe Vera Toner

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  • 1 green tea bag

  • 1/2 cup hot water

  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel



  1. Brew the green tea and let it cool.

  2. Mix in the aloe vera gel.

  3. Pour into a spray bottle and use as a refreshing toner.



2. Honey and Oatmeal Mask

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  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 tablespoon finely ground oatmeal



  1. Mix honey and oatmeal to form a paste.

  2. Apply to your face and leave on for 15-20 minutes.

  3. Rinse with warm water.


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3. Jojoba Oil Moisturiser


  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil

  • 1 drop tea tree essential oil



  1. Mix jojoba oil and tea tree oil.

  2. Apply a small amount to your face, focusing on dry areas.




Caring for oily skin in winter doesn’t have to be a hassle. With the right routine, a few holistic remedies and some fun DIY recipes, your skin can stay balanced, hydrated, and oh-so-glowy all season long. Stay tuned for the next post in our Winter Skincare Series. Until then, keep glowing and embrace the chill with confidence!


Happy winter skincare, everyone! ❄️✨


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Hi, I'm Mandi. A former primary teacher, Lifestyle Medicine graduate and current Diploma in Natural Skincare student with a passion for natural living.

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