Didn’t you think that oily skin was something teenagers eventually outgrew? Like rebellion. And boy bands.
Yet here I am with a too-shiny face, still waiting…
The summer heat (not to mention this sticky Easy Coast humidity) only makes the issue worse — which can be a nightmare for not only our complexions, but also our makeup longevity.
Luckily we’re adults now, able to properly handle the shine situation. Here are my favorite tips and products that will de-slick your skin:
Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser 1 of 12It all starts with how you clean your skin, and using an oil-regulating cleanser is step one. I especially love the Origins deep-pore cleanser because it uses natural ingredients like palmetto, cooling mint, and salicylic acid to get rid of excess oil without over-drying.
That's the big thing to keep in mind — if you dry out your skin, your skin will produce more oil. So you want to find something that removes the extra oil without stripping your skin from oils altogether.
Buy from Sephora, $19.50
The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner 2 of 12A good toner can keep your skin from looking shiny by lunch time, but again, drying out your skin is never the answer. Avoid alcohol-based toners and opt for something like The Body Shop's Skin Clearing Toner that uses natural ingredients like tea tree oil and corn starch to mattify your skin.
Buy from The Body Shop, $11
Korres Pomegranate Purifying Natural Clay Mask 3 of 12A good clay mask (once a week or so) will help draw out whatever's clogging your pores. I heart Korres — a company that uses natural ingredients with the most effective formulas.
Buy from Sephora, $27
Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 4 of 12I really like this product — and I think you will, too — especially for the summer months. It moisturizes and controls oil without causing a breakout. And the added SPF is always a plus.
Buy from Sephora, $39.50
Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer Matte Finish 5 of 12Another option is, of course, to use a face primer. This keeps everything in check — your skin looks smooth, makeup stays in place — but it's important which type of primer to use. Skip anything with shimmer (it usually promises a "glow") and find a matte primer.
I really love this primer from Murad because it goes one step further, evening and mattifying skin while also controlling oil production. This is actually my favorite primer that I've ever used.
Buy from Sephora, $35
Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder 6 of 12If you're not into primer, try a mattifying powder. It won't stop you from getting oily, but it will help blot oil throughout the day — without looking caked on.
Buy from Sephora, $32
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder 7 of 12This is another really popular oil-absorbing powder. I happen to prefer the Urban Decay powder, but I know several friends who swear by this HD Microfinish Powder.
Buy from Sephora, $32
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube 8 of 12If you have oily eyelids and/or you find that eyeshadow basically melts off your face, try an eyeshadow primer like this one from Buy from Urban Decay ($20), or try other varieties from Nars ($24) or Too Faced ($18).
I especially love the Too Faced Shadow Insurance, which is great to mix in with powder eyeshadow for a vibrant, long-lasting color.
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder with Real Cocoa 9 of 12If you prefer wearing bronzer in the summer, look for a matte formula (like this one from Too Faced) rather than a shimmery, sparkly one (which is most).
Buy from Sephora, $29
Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray 10 of 12If you're nervous about using face powder, or if you still think it looks a little cakey on your skin, a makeup setting spray can do wonders — especially this one designed to keep your skin looking matte. Urban Decay claims to absorb sebum and control shine for a whopping 16 hours.
Buy from Sephora, $29
Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets 11 of 12If you have oily skin, oil-absorbing sheets aren't just a recommendation — they're a must-have.
I've tried plenty of oil-absorbing sheets, and there's no need to spend more than these Clean & Clear sheets.
Buy from Drugstore.com, $4.79
Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System 12 of 12It all comes back to clean skin, and nothing cleans skin — deep, deep down — like the Clarisonic. Everyone I've asked says that it's one of the best purchases they've ever made.
Buy from Sephora, $119
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