We need to talk about what causes oily skin in our 30s. Why? Because so many of us are still forced to deal with the slip n slide face syndrome way past our teens. Just when you’d think things get easier, the blackheads and the oil just keep comin’! Find out what you can do today, to finally enjoy a glowing and oil free complexion!
What Causes Oily Skin In Your 30s ?
1.You’re Not Hydrating Properly
Say what? Lack of proper hydration is the ultimate reason behind what causes oily skin when you’re no longer a teen.
Unless you’re pregnant and your hormones are in overdrive, which can by itself cause breakouts.
Sebum is the substance that when in too much abundance – clogs pores and creates a shiny, oily film on your face. So why do we produce too much sebum?
Sebum is nature’s prime moisturizer.
When our body receives a signal that we don’t have a healthy level of moisture in the deep layers of our skin, it starts producing more sebum to compensate.
The thing is, our body usually overcompensates what we’re lacking – to make sure we get enough of it.
Just like you accumulate fat when you stop eating, you accumulate sebum when your skin is dehydrated.
The excess sebum blocks your pores and creates the shine factor. In the long run, this can lead to outbreaks of acne. Fun times!
♥Can’t muster drinking a lot of water throughout the day? This post is for you!♥
What You Can Do:
- Stop using alcohol based toners that dry out your skin
- Stay away from astringents! These will turn your skin into the Sahara desert!
- Drink those damn 8 glasses of water a day
- Use a great moisturizer 2x daily, morning and before bedtime
- Use an intensively moisturizing face mask 2x a week for some skin quenching goodness
♥If want to learn more about skin care that works, you will love this post♥
2. Your Eating Habits Suck
What you fuel your body with = the condition your body will be in. Skin included. Don’t learn it the hard way like I did.
My eating habits absolutely sucked. No breakfast, fast lunch because obviously – no time for a career girl to eat properly.
Grazing on shitty snacks come afternoon time as I got hungry. Huge meals in the evening , umbrella drinks and all.
Just like your car won’t run on shitty fuel, your body won’t run properly on shitty food. You can’t expect a beautiful flower to grow out of soil that lacks nutrients and water – why would you expect your skin to glow on a diet which doesn’t deliver?
Missing breakfast, drinking gallons of coffee on an empty stomach, refined sugar (it’s in your caramel latte gal pal!), too much alcohol, not enough fruit & veg – basically everything your GP says you shouldn’t be doing, is what causes oily skin.
How the hell is this even true?
Alcohol dehydrates your body. Refined carbs and sugar increase insulin levels rapidly, causing inflammation which affects your skin’s oil production.
Too much saturated fat in your diet also causes cellular inflammation which leads to increased oil production.
If you want to get into the specifics of the causes and effects of cellular inflammation, you can get very detailed info here.
In a nutshell, cellular inflammation is similar to the sort of inflammation you get in a rash or bug bite. Except it’s internal and it’s happening inside your cells. Which in turn switches on the red lights in your body. One of the outcomes of increased inflammation is what causes oily skin – sebum production overdrive.
What You Can Do:
- Stick to the recommended alcohol consumption for women which is roughly a glass of wine a day
- Swap one of your meals or snacks for a yummy, fruit & veg filled smoothie
- Prepare your meals at home so you know what goes into them
- Ditch fast food – a home made burger is just as delish and way healthier
- Swap refined carbs and sugars for complex, whole carbs & natural sweeteners like honey, agave, dates or maple syrup
♥Want to discover more foods that will do wonders for your skin? This post has you covered!♥
3. You Don’t Take The Time To Unwind
I’m not kidding girlfriend, stress is a huuuge factor in what causes oily skin when you’re hitting 30. Let me explain.
Increased stress levels trigger production of cortisol, one of the adrenal hormones that we abundantly produce in our teens (which cause acne breakouts).
So how does this affect our skin?
When cortisol production increases rapidly, we sweat more, are capillaries constrict and blood flow to your skin decreases.
It’s directed to your internal organs, as your body enters fight or flight mode.
When enough blood doesn’t reach your skin to deliver oxygen and nutrients, your skin goes into alert mode.
It starts producing more oil to protect itself. When the excess oil builds up, it can actually “trick” your skin into thinking it’s dehydrated, as oil prevents moisture from reaching the skin surface. This in turn can cause even more oil production. It’s a vicious cycle!
What You Can Do:
It’s a far fetched to recommend “less stress”, as that’s hardly possible when you have a career, family and bills to think about.
There are things that can help you unwind on a regular basis, that will ease the effect of increased stress levels on your skin.
- Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night, allow your body to regenerate properly after a long day.
- Set aside 30 minutes of “me time” daily! It’s the perfect example of a little that goes a hella long way.
- Learn to say “No” Accepting too many responsibilities at work, or agreeing to favors just because you’re afraid to say no, is a huge stress factor most of us know too well.
- Accept help when it’s offered You don’t need to do and know it all. If someone reaches out to take the burden off – let them.
- Do something just for YOU This is a habit so many women forget about once we get married, start a family and become overwhelmed with responsibilities. Make sure you regularly do something that YOU really enjoy, once a week is not a lot to ask!
♥If you’d like some ideas about a great way to relax and unwind – check this post!♥
Why Taking Care Of Yourself Is Key
You’ve probably notices that all of what causes oily skin is also a consequence of not taking the time to care for yourself properly.
I’ve been there, aiming to become the modern woman of the renaissance, the know it all, do it all, human machine. Trying to excel at work and be the perfect girlfriend, fiance and then wife – I lost myself in the process.
Ultimately the state of your body and mind will affect your skin. It’s the largest organ you have, and when there’s something lacking, it’s bound to show on your skin pronto.
I will say this over and over again, but the best investment that you can make, is the one in YOUR WELL BEING. It’s the only way to be the wife, mother and womanpreneur that you’ve always wanted to be.
Eva K. x