Shiny skin is a curse most oily skinned ladies rue everyday. It usually occurs around 2pm, after the freshly applied feel of your makeup has long gone - alongside the caffeine hit from your morning coffee - and results in your brain sending an urgent signal to your hands, 'Don't touch your face! Oil spill present. I repeat OIL SPILL PRESENT!' And whilst this kind of oil spill doesn't have the capability to put the habitat of baby seals at risk, it certainly comprimises the look and feel of your face...
As a sufferer of excess sebum production post-lunch on most days (huff!), these are a few tips and products I hold close to my heart to help stave off the dreaded sheen:
Exfoliate, cleanse, tone and moisturise - duh!
I know, I know. You are probably thinking, 'Why is this girl telling me to do what I do already?!' Well, the thing is, oily skin needs a little TLC when it comes to choosing the products you use. It's also important to stick with your routine to see the results once you've found the right items for your beauty bag. My top choices for oily skinned girls who suffer from shine are as follows...
A cleanser for oily skin. The Bioderma Sebium Foaming Gel is a bb fave, as is the new to bb La Roche-Posay Foaming Gel. Both are foaming gel cleansers (which are ideal for removing excess sebum) but both are also ace for sensitive skin, so they won't dry out your dermis.
You'll need a good exfoliant, as exfoliation is one of the keys to attaining great skin. Don't believe me? Read all about it over here. Not only does exfoliating help to unblock pores (ace for girls who might be prone to this due to excess sebum in the skin) exfoliating will also help to remove any dry skin lingering on the surface. Ever felt like you had dry AND oily skin at the same time? It can be confusing to treat! Rather than add tonnes of nourishing creams (which can make your oil production go into overdrive) simply exfoliate gently a few times a week and you should see both issues clear up little by little. I love the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads - when swiped over clean skin, they exfoliate gently with glycolic and lactic acid and do a great job of...
Toning. This is an important step not to be missed. Toning will help to reduce the size of pores after cleansing (which means less oil plus grime can seep in and set up camp) but it also helps to refresh skin and restore pH balance. When oily skin is stripped too fast, your skin can freak and over compensate by producing more of it! So, a skin balancing toner is a must. Try the Bioderma Sebium H2O cleansing water - ideal as your daily toner for oily skin prone to shine.
Prime skin with a refining lotion before you apply your makeup
Even though you've put in all that work to keep the oil at bay, without creating the right barrier between your skin and your makeup, oils can start to cultivate by mid-morning. Try a lightweight gel as a primer, like the Bioderma Sebium Mat, which absorbs excess oils and creates a smooth base for foundation application.
Switch to mineral makeup
Even though you might love a luminous makeup look, girls prone to oil breakouts should opt for matte makeup instead (I know I certainly must!) This rule doesn't have to apply all of the time, but is worth sticking to during that-time-of-the-month (as hormones can play a huge part in sebum production) as well as when you are feeling prone to shine. You'll know it when you wake up in the morning feeling particularly oily, even after going to bed post-perfect oil-free cleanse routine. Light and young looking matte makeup is easy to achieve with the new generation of mineral foundations. I like the Inika Mineral Foundation with SPF 15, which will also help you to keep any oily breakouts calm without adding nasties on top as it's all natural.
Don't touch, just blot
When you feel your skin start to become oily and shiny, try not to touch it as this will spread the oil and potential pimple zone! Instead, blot with an oil reducing paper, like the old-school and super cute Glamourflage Bella Babe Blotting Paper (60 per pack means they'll last you ages). You can also invest in a pressed face powder (translucent is a top option, as it won't disturb the colour distribution of your other makeup) to soak away any sign of shine. My pick? The MeMeMe Flawless Pressed Face Powder. Just be sure to regularly wash the puff, or the brush you apply it with.
You can also employ an oil-free night cream to keep your complexion in check. I am loving the La Clinica Gly C Active Moisture Night Cream. Not specifically an anti-oil product (it's really more of an anti-ager if we really have to classify it) this cream helps dead skin cells depart the surface of your skin and unclogs pores. I've been trialling it over the last few nights and upon awaking in the morning, there's barely a drop of oil to be found on my skin. Fantastic!
All these tips and products should help to decrease the sheen in your skin, thanks to their oil fighting properties. Just be sure to get the balance just right - don't go too overboard trying to fight oil as it will come back with a vengance like mentioned above!
Do you use any of these items? Are you prone to mid-afternoon shine? How do you combat it? - Lauren