When you think of summer, do you think of neighborhood barbecues, sundresses and days at the beach? I do too, but I also think about shiny skin. Every summer my combination skin turns a bit more shiny, and I turn to a long list of mattifying primers, powders, and oil blotting papers to keep the glare from blinding people. Fighting shine can become a full time job!
I am convinced there is a secret remedy to shiny skin, and this is the year that I’m going to find it!
Yes, it's true! You really can clean your face with clay. Lia Parisyan, a makeup artist who writes for Examiner.com and CareerAddict swears by a recipe she found on Kiki Says.
"Aztec Green Clay or French Clay Powders are natural beauty remedies for oily skin. Wet your fingertips and dip them into the clay powder, massage the powder into your skin, and rinse off with a warm, natural-fiber wash cloth. If you have acne concerns as well, you can add a 1/4 teaspoon Organic Neem Powder to the clay. Make sure to avoid the under-eye area," says Parisyan.
The clay can also be used as a mask. "I generally recommend using a kaolin mask at least 2 times a week to help with excess oil production and help keep pores cleaned out and in tip top shape," says Sheila Arkee, who also blogs at The Painted Ladies. "My favorite mask for this purpose is the Aztec Secret, which truly works wonders.
"You definitely want to start with your skin are when working with oily skin. A gel or foaming cleanser is better for oily skin, but be sure not to over dry. Follow up with a non-alcohol toner, this helps balance the skins pH levels. A good budget friendly toner to try is Neutrogena's alcohol-free toner." - Katie Dahlstrom
Even oily skin can be dry! "Oily skinned people often skip moisturizer thinking it will increase their oil production but instead use an oil free moisturizer and give your skin the much needed nutrition and hydration moisturizer offers," explains Haley Kulow.
"Go for a light, oil free choice," says Katie Dahlstrom. "One of my favorites is Mario Badescu's Oil Free Moisturizer with SPF 30."
"I also love the Embryolisse Hydra-Mat Emulsion as a primer before makeup to control oil all day long," recommends Meghana Prasad.
"The trick is finding a treatment product that helps to control the oil," advises Alejandro Falcon the artistic director at Osmosis Skincare.
"Most oil absorbing creams on the market that offer 'oil absorbing' ingredients, can work initially. The skin is very smart and after a while of being robbed of it's moisture mantle, will start creating more oil to compensate for the 'robbing' of its protective moisture mantle. Essentially making you even oilier."
"If we can nourish an oily skin with the ingredients it needs to calm it down, we can control the excess oil on the skin. My favorite product for oily skins is Clarify from Osmosis. It offers essential ingredients to make oily skins balanced. After a while, you will probably notice you wont even have to use a moisturizer as much."
"A great BB cream for oilier gals is Benefit's Bigger than BB Big Easy, it's a fabulous liquid to powder formula. For a little more coverage, try Estée Lauders Double Wear Light Foundation, it has amazing coverage without a cakey feel, that dries to a smooth matte finish. Set with a mattifying pore perfecting translucent powder, like IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores and you will be shine free for hours!" - Katie Dahlstrom
"Shiny, oily skin really needs prep. Even if your plans don't include makeup a face primer and oil clearing moisturizer is ideal," says Regina Ventimiglia. There are primers out there for every skin type, and many will help to absorb oil.
"For controlling oily skin and shine I always use a matte primer. Some of my favorites include Kryolan's Perfect Matt and NYX's Shine Killer," says James DeMarco.
If you need color correction, Gabriel DeSantino, the founder of Gabriel Cosmetics recommends "ZUZU LUXE Color Correcting Primers, the Anti Blotchiness formula is a great way to conceal uneven red tones."
There are some great products out there for both prepping the skin for makeup and for use over makeup to help remove shine later. My favorite is MAC's Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone, which dries clear and won't disturb makeup.
Margina Dennis loves a gel for this same reason. "My absolute favorite product for oily shiny skin is Skinn Cosmetics Orchid Gel. It can be used under or over makeup. It controls oil and shiny without creating product build up. It works on all skin tones."
It is tempting to add layer after layer of powder, but you'll want to be sure that what you're applying is fine enough to disappear and won't alter the rest of your makeup.
"The nest blotting powder, is Invisible blotting powder," says Elise Brill. "This blotting powder will not alter the shade of your foundation. It is great to use for reducing shine and creating a flawless finish on top of your favorite powder."
"It goes against all rules of what we've been told forever, but actually laying down a layer of powder on top of your moisturizer and over your foundation will help to keep your oil at bay all day. Then follow it up by just powdering in your oily areas (t-zone, nose, chin) and you should be set all day!" - Meghana Prasad
"I also like Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray to keep oil and greasiness at bay, especially in the heat of the summer. It does a great job of keeping skin matte and makeup rarely needs to be touched up." - Liz Fuller
"I always have blotting papers on hand and give them to clients if they don't already have them. They are great to absorb oil without ruining your makeup," says Liz Fuller. "Don't use papers with powder on them. The powder can streak on the face when sweating, even if it's labeled translucent."
There are a lot of great blotting papers out there. Julia Papworth loves MAC Blot Film, while Liz Fuller is obsessed with my favorite, Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets.
"In a quick pinch - you can actually use disposable toilet seat covers to soak up the oil on your face! I know that sounds crazy but they're made from the same materials as oil absorbing papers specifically made for your face," says Meg Raiano.