We all want that dewy look, but if you suffer from oily skin, then you know how frustrating it is to have a constant — not to mention unwanted – glow all day, erryday. You know the scenario: one minute you wash your face and pat it dry, and within an hour your face is super slick. And no matter how many blotting papers you use, you can’t control the shine. Ugh.
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So what’s a girl to do? Below we have some tips and tricks to keep your oily skin in check, so you can continue to glow — on YOUR terms.
1. You might have combo skin, actually
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So many people think they have oily skin when they actually have combo skin, or vice versa, and as a result might be using the wrong products and/or treatments. Those with legit oily skin will have shine EVERYWHERE in addition to enlarged and clogged pores. If you have combo skin, you’re oily only in the T-zone, or the forehead, nose, and chin areas. Another tip? If your parents have oily skin then chances are you do, too.
2. Wash only TWICE a day
Though the natural reaction might be to wash your face tons, you’ll be doing more harm than good. Excessively washing your face will strip the oils too much, which will cause your skin to react by producing even MORE oil, and then just becomes a pretty awful vicious cycle of greasiness. Origins Zero Oil™ Deep Pore Cleanser ($20) is an awesome option.
3. Use a facial mask
Treating your skin to a facial mask two to three times a week will work wonders for your shiny face. Masks help reduce the oily appearance on the face for days at a time, while also helping pores look smaller. Clay masks, like Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask ($9), are best for those with oily skin since they soak up all traces of dirt and grease. Just remember: don’t let a clay mask dry fully because you’ll just end up with irritated, not matte, skin.
4. Use oil-free makeup
Maybe it’s obvious, but you should only be using oil-free or “non-comedogenic” makeup products that won’t clog your pores or aid more shine to your shine. For an amazing foundation, try Clinique’s Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup ($25).
5. Be aware of your diet
Your skin reflects what you eat. A diet high in fats, sugars, and unhealthy oils can cause your skin to look more blah than awesome, and that includes being extra oily. Instead choose more healthy fruits and vegetables and lean proteins, and cut down on sugar-sweetened beverages.
6. Stay out of the sun
You already know laying out in the sun leads to damaged and aging skin, but did you also know your sun-kissed look is also the reason why your skin’s extra shiny? Well, it is. Though sun tanning might temporarily dry your skin, it’s actually causing a reaction in your skin to produce more oil, in order to protect your skin’s surface.
Thanks to your constant shine, you might have to blot A LOT, but the upside is that oily skin ages more slowly than dry skin. Which means when you head into your — yikes! — late 20s, you may actually be thankful for your grease face!