"Combat oily skin and a shiny face with these smart solutions."
There’s a fine line between glowy, radiant, what’s her secret, skin and shiny, greasy, someone get that girl some powder, skin. And as anyone with a constantly oily complexion will tell you, it’s tough to not quickly veer over into the latter. Ahead, how to make skin look less oily and tamp down that excessive and unwanted shine. Because dewy is good, but greasy, not so much.
Why is my skin so oily in the first place?
Ready for this one? People with oily skin don’t necessarily have more oil, they often just think they do. Say what? “Ultimately, most people produce the same amount of sebum. Those with self-proclaimed oily skin, just have a different perception, because something has triggered a change in the look and feel of their skin,” notes Jeff Rosevear, founding scientist and Head of Product Development for Skinsei. One of those big triggers is sweat: “We’ve found that people who complain about oily skin are quicker to sweat. The sweat is watery, and it mixes with the sebum on the skin, emulsifying and creating a sensory change on the skin,” he explains. Another big trigger is simply touching your face; people that touch their face often think they have oilier skin, notes Rosevear. That being said, it may not ALL be in your head. Using the wrong products, specifically those that don’t have the right balance of moisture, can exacerbate a shiny situation.
Here’s your ultimate product plan
Whether or not your skin actually is oilier, or it just feels or looks like it is, the bottom line is that you’re going to want to do something to help tamp down that excess shine and greasy face. Sure, you could try to combat it once it starts, but you can also use the right products to help keep it from occurring in the first place. For this, toners reign supreme. Consider them an extra level of shine-stopping insurance, helping to remove any excess oil that your regular ol’ cleanser may have left behind. Take the Skinsei All Toned Up Toner: not only does it get rid of any leftover residue, it also visibly tightens pores and leaves your skin ready to absorb any products that come next. And while yes, toners in the past have been intense and drying, this formula is pH balanced and alcohol-free, so there’s no need to worry about your skin feeling stripped. All you have to do is apply some on a cotton pad and swipe it across your face post-cleansing.
Next up, moisturizer. Opt for formulas that use humectants as hydrating ingredients, ingredients that attract and lock water into the skin, such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid. Not only do these feel lighter on the skin, but, unlike the other category of hydrating ingredients, known as occlusives, they don’t sit on the surface of the skin and potentially trap oil underneath. You can check the ingredient label, but a surefire way to go is to opt for gel formulas, which by definition are lighter yet still give your skin the hydration in needs. (Because yes, oily skin needs moisture, too.) Skinsei’s Cool on Cue Hydro Gel is lightweight and absorbs super-fast, not to mention feels pleasantly cooling and refreshing as it goes on. (That’s why it’s one of our favorites for the hot summer months, or to use after working out when we’re flushed and sweaty.) What’s also nice is that it gently exfoliates o help leave your skin looking radiant, because while you definitely don’t want a shiny face, we’re willing to bet that you don’t want a totally dull complexion, either. Consider skincare/makeup hybrids as a good option, too. Primers are a great way to add an extra level of shine-stopping defense in between your moisturizer and foundation, not to mention they can also help extend the wear of your makeup. Case in point: The Skinsei Featherweight Finishing Gel which has a whole laundry list of benefits for shiny skin. One, it absorbs surface shine and reduces the appearance of pores. Two, it blurs away other imperfections and redness. Three, it can help your foundation last longer. Not to mention it leaves skin with a perfectly matte finish that strikes the ideal balance between not being overly shiny, yet not too matte or flat either.
Finally, you’re going to need some kind of touch-up throughout the day, because, we get it, shiny face happens. Keep in mind that the T-zone (across your forehead, down the center of your face, and your chin) has more oil glands than elsewhere on your face, meaning this is where unwanted shine is most likely to crop up. To that point, when touching up during the day, focus on removing grease from these areas—you don’t want to totally overdo it elsewhere, as that’s when your skin will start to look dull and matte. By concentrating on removing excess oil from these spots, your skin will look mattified, but still radiant. You can go the old school way and powder your nose, like your momma did; for this, opt for loose, finely-milled, translucent formulas to minimize the risk of any kind of creasing or caking. Essence Mists are a modern, more convenient option to help skin look less shinny throughout the day. Blotting papers are also a great idea. The secret is to gently press them across any shiny spots and then lift off. Don’t move them around too much or swipe them across your skin, as you’ll end up taking off your makeup with it, and no one wants to have to redo their makeup midday. Consider these simple products swaps and tips and trust us, you can manage oily skin once and for all.