An oily T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) can be a real pain in the butt, especially in the hot summer months. I received an email from a loyal Beauty Booty 4-1-1 reader asking me for the best ways to deal with this problem. So here’s the info on how to deal with oily skin from A-Z.
For starters, you need to care for your skin with the right products. Obviously, select cleansers that are oil-free and made specifically for oily skin. The best way to control your oily skin is to wash your face with soap twice a day and never go to bed with makeup on. Sleeping with your makeup on not only worsens oily skin but it advances the aging process. If you wear a lot of makeup, use makeup remover first, then wash away the residue with a mild soap. I suggest using Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap for Oily Skin.
Next, exfoliate! This serves a double purpose. Exfoliating is one of the best ways to prevent premature wrinkles and it’s a great way to get rid of excess sebum on the face. I suggest you exfoliate morning and night but if that’s too much work for you, do it at night. It’s very important. Plus, it’ll keep your skin looking radiant, healthy and smooth. I use L’Oreal Paris’ GO 360 CLEAN Deep Exfoliating Scrub. (It smells amazing!)
When it comes to choosing a daily moisturizer, you should select one that is specifically made for oily skin. (I can’t stress how important choosing products for oily skin is enough!) Nearly every line of cosmetics offers such a product. Hint: SPF is something you should be wearing everyday to protect against premature wrinkles, but creams with SPF are usually more oily. I’d suggest you stick to a cream with a lower SPF in it, like 10 as opposed to 40.
When it comes to makeup, you should be careful what you choose to put on your face. Always check the ingredients to make sure your makeup (even powders) are not oil-based. This is a big mistake many people make. In terms of foundation, always opt for a matte powder version over a liquid version. Even oil-free liquids tend to leave a greasy film at times, especially if you plan to wear it all day long.
I recommend purchasing a colourless loose powder, as well. Always sweep a thin layer of loose powder over your face with a blush brush. The matte, loose powder will help keep your oily spots under control. Another great tip is to keep oil blotting sheets in your purse at all times. I just bought Sephora’s Matte Blotting Film and I totally love them. I keep them with me all day and when I notice my chin getting a little shiny, I just press a piece of film against the spot and it instantly absorbs all the oil. It’s a life-saver.
The last piece of info I can give you might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people completely overlook this. Shimmering makeup is not your friend. I mean anything shimmering: bronzer, eyeshadow, lip gloss. If it has sparkles, shimmer or shine, avoid it! Matte makeup (which is actually super hot this season) will offset a shiny complexion. If you add shimmer to shine, you’ll only enhance the oily spots on your face and make them appear even greasier than they are. Matte bronzers, eyeshadows and foundations will not only down play the shine but give your face a refined finish.
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