Before I go on, I want to point out if you do have oily skin, it’s not something that can be changed unfortunately – it is genetic. I know a lot of products make huge promises but the results are all temporary. It’s not all doom and gloom though – it’s all about finding the right products to control shine as opposed to trying to change your skin type. It’s a case of trial and error as everyone reacts differently to products.
Here are my tips to control shine:
1 – Avoid creamy cleansers, opt for a gentle FACIAL WASH instead. The ingredient you need to keep an eye out for is Salicylic Acid. This is what helps break down excess oil.
2 – EXFOLIATE – this will remove dead skin cells and excess oil from your face. Remember not to overdo it as the skin can get confused and start producing more oil. Don’t forget about that essential ingredient ‘Salicylic Acid’.
3 – Use a CLAY MASK to soak up excess oil and any impurities.
4 – A good MATTIFYING PRIMER is essential in helping to reduce shine. The same goes for your foundation. Ensure it’s main purpose is to keep your skin looking matte.
5 – Avoid heavy, rich creams day or night. Switch to a LOTION or a LIGHTWEIGHT MOISTURISER. The ingredients you need to look out for are Linoleic Acid and Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide). These will help control shine and reduce breakouts.
6 – BLOTTING is better than touching up with powder. Powder is okay to use once or twice throughout the day but anymore than that can leave you looking ‘cakey’ and even worse clog pores.
7 – A mattifying SETTING SPRAY can not only lock in your makeup but help to lock in shine too.
8 – Certain FOODS can make oily skin worse. Try cutting down on sugar and dairy products, yes, dairy products, which can increase oil production. Increase your water intake to flush out those toxins.