AKA BATTLE OF THE SHINE!
Those of you who have oily/combination skin, will appreciate that the battle with facial shine, is not an easy one! You can do your make-up perfectly in the morning, leaving the house feeling like you’ve got your s*** together. But then lunch time hits (or earlier usually!) and your face is already looking shinier than a bald mans head (soz!)
I have spent years trying different products out to keep shine at bay and so wanted to share with you the ones that actually worked for me, along with some top tips!
LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR MAT MOISTURISER
Use this morning and night after cleansing and toning. It’s light in texture and leaves your skin feeling instantly matte.
PIXI GLOW TONIC
This toner is amazing! Suitable for most skin types, this isn’t really for oil control. However, I use this day and night and it really does make your skin glow! It contains glycolic acid which brightens and evens out skin tone due to its exfoliating properties. It’s also oil free so won’t leave you with a greasy residue.
BENEFIT POREFESSIONAL PRIMER
One of Benefit’s best- sellers, this takes me back to when I used to work on the make-up counter. You can apply this before foundation to smooth, mattify and minimise the appearance of pores, often common with oilier skin types.
BOOTS SKIN CLEAR OIL ABSORBING SHEETS
These are perfect to keep at your desk or in your handbag when you need a quick shine fix!
URBAN DECAY DE-SLICK SETTING MIST
A make-up setting mist that actually works! You can purchase this in a travel sized bottle for £9 which is great for make-up bags.
DERMALOGICA DERMAL CLAY CLEANSER
A purifying clay based cleanser, this has a really nice cooling effect due to menthol and refines oily skin due to oil-absorbing, Kaolin and Green clays.
- Invest in a mattifying makeup primer . This will increase longevity of make-up and provide you with a base for foundation
- Make sure your foundation is oil-free. Powder foundations often work well however, if you’re more of a liquid lover, it will usually say on the label whether they contain oil or not.
- Use a facial cleanser that contains salicylic acid . Salicylic acid will break down the oil your skin produces without over-drying your face. It also has exfoliating properties and will help to unclog pores and get rid of blackheads and spots!Avoid consuming lots of dairy, sugar, refined carbs and greasy foods.
- Drink enough water- being dehydrated can cause your skin to over produce sebum to compensate for the lack of hydration, this leading to oilier skin!
- Manage your stress levels as this can have a big impact on your skin. When someone becomes stressed, levels of a hormone named cortisol increase. This then causes an increase in oil production. Now you have an excuse to treat yourself to a spa day!
I hope these products help you and if you have any other recommendations, I would love to hear from you!