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A step-by-step guide to care for oily skin

Plum Step-by-step guide of oily & acne-prone skin

Hellooo people! This post is dedicated to all of you out there with oily (or tending towards oily) skin. We have had several Plumsters writing in to ask what's the "right way" to practise the CTMP regime. To refresh:

C is for Cleansing

T is for Toning

M is for Moisturization

P is for Protection

So we decided to capture the instructions for posterity with this blog post. It's worth mentioning that although we've used the Plum Green Tea range products (  specially made for oily skin) here to illustrate, the methodology described here is equally good for any products you choose to use. So here we go!


Product used: Green Tea Pore Cleansing Face Wash

Pro-tips: Use a cleanser before washing your face if you have makeup on. It's a good idea to use facewashes with scrubs in them, but try to alternate with a plain face wash too. Never, ever use soap on your face.


1. Wet your face with water.
2. Squeeze out a coin-sized amount of face wash on your palm.
3. Gently rub on your face, for a few seconds, slightly squeezing cellulose scrub beads.
4. Gently rinse away with water and pat dry with soft towel.
5. Now your face is ready for Green Tea Alcohol Free Toner.

Usage timing and frequency
Use it twice (or thrice) a day, in the morning and before going to bed.


Product used: Green Tea Alcohol-Free Toner

Pro-tips:  Choose the right toner for your skin, mild and alcohol-free is ideal. Check out the suggested posts for more info on toners.


1. Pour out a little quantity on your palm and apply it on your face. Alternatively moisten a cotton ball with the Alcohol-Free Toner, and dab it softly in small circles across your face
2. Give special attention to T-Zone, forehead, nose and chin areas.
3. Let the toner air dry, don't hurry to wipe it off.
4. Now your face is toned and freshened up for the next step: moisturizing.

Usage timing and frequency
Use twice (or thrice) a day, in the morning and before going to bed, post cleansing.


Product used: Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer

Pro-tips: Choose a light, oil-free or non-comedogenic moisturizer for oily skin. Mild and natural is the way to go, brownie points if it comes with SPF( see Protection). 


1. Squeeze out a tiny amount on your palm.
2. Dot your face with the moisturizer. One dot each on forehead, both cheeks, nose and chin. That’s 5 dots totally.
3. Now gently massage it into skin using finger-tips.

Usage timing and frequency
Use twice (or thrice) a day - in the morning and before going to bed for hydrated soft shine oil-free matte skin.


Pro-tip: If you protect your skin from tanning and damage, you'll never have to do crazy things for the sake of fairness! 

Always protect your skin from the harshness of the sun and its UV rays. Use a good sunscreen before stepping out, or use a moisturizer which already has decent SPF protection( SPF 30 is considered basic)


Product used: Green Tea Clear Face Mask

1. Gently apply a thin layer over all areas of the face, avoid eyes and lips area.
2. Wait for about 30 minutes or until the mask dries completely, keeping your face as still as possible.
3. Wash off with plain water.
4. Do not scrub face with towel, gently pat dry.
5. Gently hydrate your skin with Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer to seal in the goodness ingredients.

Usage timing and frequency
Use it once or twice a week – not more. Too much exfoliation is also not good. Don't apply it on bruised skin. 


Product used: Green Tea Renewed Clarity Night Gel

You must have heard of night creams, but do they help oily skin? Your skin is at rest & undisturbed only at night, so its the best time for repair! It needs to rehydrate, fight free radicals damaging it and restore its natural glow. Aiding your skin in this repairing process with the right night cream is a very important part of skincare. The right night cream, such as the Green Tea Renewed Clarity Night Gel which is loaded with antioxidants, argan oil and plant nutrients- ensures balanced hydration minus the oiliness and clogged pores. Beauty sleep, indeed! 

1. Post your nightly C-T-M, take a small amount of the night gel with your fingers.
2. Apply on your neck and face (don't worry, it's pillow-proof!) and tuck yourself in for the night
3. Wake up to supple, glowing and amazingly fragrant skin!

Usage timing and frequency
Use once every night, just before going to bed. Trust us, your skin will thank you!

So there you go - a simple daily + weekly regimen to manage oily skin painlessly. Goodbye, acne and oiliness; hello healthy and happy skin!

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