Really, is there anything more disheveled-looking than a mid-day shiny face? But it’s not all about blotting papers and mattifying primers. Though incredibly useful, target excess shine earlier with an arsenal of oil-controlling cleansers, scrubs and masks. Once you’ve regulated your routine, you’ll soon begin to see improvements by way of skin that glows in just the right places (i.e. not your T-zone).
Oily skin is the result of over-active sebaceous glands, which are triggered by the hormone DHT, a derivative of testosterone. Genes play a role, but anything that affects the delicate hormone balance — stress, puberty, pregnancy, menopause, birth control pills, diet or certain medications — can cause your DHT levels to spike and send your sebaceous glands into overdrive.
Switch to an Oil-Regulating Cleanser.
This is your first line of defense when it comes to starting the day off shine-free — and keeping it that way. Your face wash should contain ingredients like salicylic acid or purifying clay which will clear pores and stave off excess oil.
Follow up with a Toner
Skin prep is super important for oily skin, and using the right toner will help balance out the oiliness so avoid alcohol-based or extremely-astringent products. Anything too drying will cause skin to overcompensate oil production, leaving you more shiny in the middle of the day.
Look for equally-effective treatments that contain tea tree oil or calendula extract which will balance and mattify the skin without stripping all the good natural oils.
Soak up Excess Oil with a Once-a-Week Clay-based Mask
Another important step for clearing pores: This will effectively help shrink them, which will in turn regulate oil production.
5Invest in a Translucent Primer or Powder to Wear Alone or Under Makeup.
Former pressed powder offerings tended to feel a little… matronly, and often let the skin looking cakey. Same for earlier versions of primers, which could produce somewhat flakey results. The latest formulations, however, are non-drying and most importantly, look just like your skin — but less-oily, of course. It will take a little leg work in order to find out which product is best for your skin type.
Keep Blotting Papers Handy. Seeing the oil transfer from your face to the little pocket-sized squares couldn’t be any more gratifying. Plus, you can rest assure your makeup will be left intact.
ACP = Always Carry Powder
Everyone with oily skin knows it’s key to keep powder with you at all times! In order to avoid the caked-on-powder look. The powder will absorb oil while it keeps your face looking even, natural and shine-free.