If anyone knows the joys and sorrows of having oily skin, it’s me. While everyone around me is concerned with keeping skin hydrated, moisturized and supple I’m constantly blotting away shine. People with oily skin tend to wrinkles and age slower. I hear that retort all the time, but one hour in makeup and I’m a shiny mess. Well, I used to be. Here’s some tips on properly moisturizing oily skin (yes, you still need moisturizer) and keeping it matte for a majority of your work day.
Products are key here. They don’t have to come from a La Mer counter or have a CHANEL price tag, but you must be using the right products for your sebum rich skin. I suggest cleansing with a clean gel cleanser all year round. Most retail beauty advisors recommend using o a cream or oil based cleanser for the winter. However, this advice is not to be followed by oily skin divas. Your skin produces extra sebum all four seasons. Even if that cream cleanser says “oil free”, it tends to leave a film behind and clog pores or feel heavy.
Don’t forget to use a toner or astringent after cleansing. Toners, as they are more commonly known, will usually carry a low grade alcohol or witch hazel base paired with tea tree oil, salicylic acid or drying powders that temporarily dry up oil slicks. It helps sweep away excess oil and temporarily tighten large pores for about 6-8 hours. Exfoliating also aids in shine reduction if done 2-3 times a week.
After you have cleansed and toned it is time to moisturize. This is where most of us get it wrong. We cannot slather on a rich and creamy day cream and expect to look put together an hour later. Makeup will be melting of your face like nobody’s business. Ever see an oil bead forming at the tip of your nose? Yeah, me too.
Rather than using the heavy creams, opt for a water based gel moisturizer with an SPF of course. If you’re into the Beauty Balms like I am, you can use a light BB cream in place of a heavy foundation. A beauty balm is makeup, concealer, primer and spf in one light and airy balm, not only does it eliminate your need for excessive products but does an amazing job of mattefying.
Oil free lotions are great too — as long as they truly are oil free. If it has essential oils and there is an overload of them in the product, it will still produce an un-necessary shine. One of my favorites is Clean and Clear oil free clarifying lotion with SPF 15, it feel super light, treats blackheads and acne and costs about the same as your morning star bucks.
Lastly, if you are planning on wearing full makeup, foundation, concealer, powder, then these steps will give your makeup hours of longevity;
Step one: On cleansed and toned skin, replace your traditional moisturizer with a hydrating spray, saturate your face with a couple layers.
Step two: Before you apply concealer or foundation, lightly dust your entire face with a loose or pressed translucent powder. This will absorb and slicks forming and help keep foundation matte longer. Guys, you can do this too with a colorless powder, only after you’ve put on your SPF moisturizer!
I’ve tried hundreds of products and tips on keeping shine away but these are the winners and are proven in ten years of clinical trials performed by Moi.