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Tips to keep oily skin shine free all day long

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Tips to keep oily skin shine free all day long

Having oily skin is both a curse and a blessing. A blessing because you probably have (or will have) fewer wrinkles than your dry skinned sisters. A curse because you are fighting not only breakouts but a constant oil slick on your face. Keeping the shine to a minimum involves several steps, and there is no one way that works for everyone. 

Keeping oily skin shine free by Retrodiva's Beauty

Start your quest of matte skin with your skin care. This doesn’t mean dry your face out so badly that there is no oil left in your face – that would be bad. But there are a few mattifying products you can use during your cleansing and treatment regime. Look for a moisturizer that also has mattifying properties, such as Bliss’ No Zit Sherlock, which contains 2% salicylic acid, which helps break up dead skin cells and control oil.

Origins Zero Oil Instant Matte Finish solution is a lightweight liquid that is applied to extra oily places on the face such as the t-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) after cleansing and moisturizing. Dab it on sparingly to control sebum production throughout the day. Murad’s Oil Control Mattifier works the same way with the extra added benefit of SPF 15.

For sensitive yet oily skin (yes! Such a thing exists!) try Boscia’s No Pores No Shine T-Zone Treatment. It will help control shine without making skin feel tight and dry.

Before applying foundation, primer is important for those with oily skin. Primers can help absorb any extra oil and give a mattifying effect while reducing shine. As a bonus, many of these primers help reduce the appearance of large pores, which can also be a problem with shiny skin. Z-Pore Instant Pore Refiner by GoodSkin Labs has the benefit of controlling oil, shrinking pores, and prepping skin for makeup all in one easy product.

After you apply makeup, try a finishing spray to keep your creation shine free. Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Spray works exceptionally well. The directions want you to spray before and after makeup application, but even just spraying afterwards sets makeup and keeps shine at bay, especially when combined with other treatments above.

While on the go, there are several ways to keep shine at bay. One way is to try one of the newer silicone-based products applied over makeup, such as Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender. The sponge that comes with the product makes it super easy to use, and it takes care of shine right on the spot. Another secret weapon is blotting papers. Boscia makes some lightly scented papers that are easy to carry around as well as pleasant to use. My favorite is peppermint, but they also come in green tea,  vanilla, California Orange, lavender, and rose. Blotting papers are inexpensive and work extremely well – simply press against any shiny areas and toss in the trash. Ran out of the house and forgot your blotting papers? Believe it or not, toilet liners found in public bathrooms do an excellent job of blotting oil in a pinch.

If you absolutely must use a powder, keep in mind that they can make your skin look cakey and don’t always do a good job of absorbing oil, instead just making a big mess. Urban Decay has a pressed translucent powder that will help reduce shine called De-Slick Mattifying Powder. Avoid tinted powders, which just add pigment to the oil problem.

How do you keep your shiny skin under control?

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