At BeautyMNL, tips for oily skin are among our most common customer inquiries. This comes as no surprise. When you’re living in a country that’s hot all year round, your skin will inevitably react to the heat. And more often than not, that reaction is excess sebum production. But regardless of what’s causing your oily skin—be it the weather, hormones, or genetics—the care it requires starts with the same basic steps.
So, if you’re new to the skincare game, here’s exactly where to start! Below, we break down our version of the perfect starter routine for oily skin. These 6 products have worked wonders for us oily-skinned gals at BeautyMNL. It’s time you put them to good use, too!
STEP 1: OIL CLEANSER
WHAT WE RECOMMEND: Heimish All Clean Balm, P975. Shop it here!
No skin type can escape the double-cleanse, but it’s especially crucial for oily complexions. Start with an oil-based cleanser to break down impurities before you even wash your face. This will help prevent clogged pores and bacteria-induced acne—two things that often occur with oily skin.
Like any good cleansing balm, this silky fave breaks down oil, makeup, and other impurities on your skin. In doing so, it thoroughly and gently lift away debris—even the deep-seated kind. Plus, this formula smells like an herbal dream.
HOW TO: Scoop out a peso-sized amount of product (or more, if needed). Massage it all over your skin in upward, circular motions. Then, rinse with water.
STEP 2: WATER-BASED CLEANSER
WHAT WE RECOMMEND: COSRX Good Morning Low pH Cleanser, P540 (limited time only). Shop it here!
Finish up your double-cleanse by following up with a water-based cleanser. Now that you’ve broken down all the grime on your skin, a facial cleanser will flush them out and remove any oily residue.
A cult-fave among acne-prone folks, this delicate formula does more than just cleanse. It also exfoliates the skin with beta hydroxy acids (BHA) and fights acne with tea tree oil. A gentle gel in consistency, it provides thorough cleansing without stripping your skin dry.
HOW TO: Dispense a pea-sized amount of product. Using your fingertips, massage it onto wet skin in gentle circular motions. Finally, rinse with water and pat dry.
STEP 3: TONER
WHAT WE RECOMMEND: Skin Genie Apple Cider Vinegar Toner, P250. Shop it here!
Toner is an important step for many reasons—it preps your skin for better absorption, provides mild exfoliation, and restores your skin’s natural pH balance. It’s a skin-refining step that both purifies and brightens oily, troubled skin.
Whether you’re on a budget or not, this top-rated toner can do no wrong! It’s made with natural antiseptic ingredients like apple cider vinegar, vodka, and witch hazel. That means it does everything from prevent pimples to remove dead skin cells and detoxify the skin. Must-have!
HOW TO: Soak a cotton pad with the toner. Then, gently sweep the pad all over your face in upward motions, focusing mainly on your T-zone. Gently pat your skin with your palms until fully absorbed.
STEP 4: SERUM
WHAT WE RECOMMEND: Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum, P1,200. Shop it here!
Serums may seem like a frivolous step for some people, but if you’ve got oily skin, a concentrated treatment makes all the difference. The right formula can ultimately become the workhorse of your routine. Why? Because serums don’t merely deliver benefits—they can actually change the behavior of your skin using powerful active ingredients.
If you’re going to invest in a serum, we say go all-out with this famous K-beauty formula. Known for quickly erasing dark spots, this antioxidant-rich concentrate heals troubled, damaged skin (read: oily). It does so by healing post-acne scars, eliminating dullness, and fighting active pimples. Once these benefits take effect, your skin will look instantly clearer, brighter, and less congested.
HOW TO: Dispense 2-3 drops of serum into your palm. Evenly spread the product over your skin, focusing on your oiliest areas. Gently pat the product into your face until fully absorbed.
STEP 5: MOISTURIZER
WHAT WE RECOMMEND: Pyunkang Yul Moisture Serum (100ml), P1,250. Shop it here!
The main solution to oily skin is moisture—lots of it. Proper moisturization helps regulate oil production by ensuring that your skin already contains the hydration it needs. When choosing a moisturizer, go for something that’s intensive yet lightweight to avoid adding to the grease.
In this case, you can never go wrong with this milky lotion-like formula. Not only does it provide deep hydration, it also comes in a weightless consistency that’ll quickly sink into your skin. You’ll never have to worry about sticky or oily residue! Besides that, the Coptis Japonica Root Extract will also calm and cool irritated, fatigued skin. Nifty, no?
HOW TO: Scoop out a peso-sized amount of product or more if needed. Evenly spread it over your entire face. Using your palms, gently pat the product into your skin until fully absorbed.
STEP 6: SUNSCREEN
WHAT WE RECOMMEND: COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50 PA+++, P690. Shop it here!
Last but not least, don’t forget your daily dose of SPF! While this may not do anything for your oiliness in particular, it’s a non-negotiable step for all skin types. SPF protects your skin from UV damage, premature wrinkles, sunburn, and skin cancer.
Why not try this K-beauty fave? It’s infused with soothing aloe vera to prevent skin from dehydration and irritation when under the sun. That, and a whopping SPF 50, to boot!
HOW TO: Dispense a peso-sized amount of product or more if needed. Evenly spread it over your entire face. Using your palms, gently pat the product into your skin until fully absorbed. Repeat these steps for your neck and chest.
Video and photos by Kat Echon.
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