We all want our hair and nails all shiny, but when it comes to our skin, we’re not so much of a fan.
I have come to terms with my fate of oiliness. I have combination skin which means my t-zone is usually oily but the rest of my face is normal to dry. But because I live an active lifestyle, I sweat a lot, and that makes my skin oilier than your usual combination skin, if that makes sense.
If you notice that your forehead is shiny by just a few hours after freshening up (just like me), then I’m assuming your hyperactive sebaceous glands are to blame. They produce the oil or sebum which makes the skin look greasy and shiny. And in this post, I am going to share some information on how to manage oily skin – more specifically, how to control shine.
It’s normal to see that that the shine is usually more noticeable across the T-zone area (again, this is the forehead, nose and chin part of the face). This is because there are more sebaceous glands here. You may also notice that the oiliness of your face is worse in the summer months, when we perspire more. When that happens, sweat and oil are more likely to pool on top of the skin.
Although everyone in the world struggles with excessive oiliness, I learned that the problem is more common among teenagers, people in their 20’s, and those of Hispanic, Asian or African-American descent.
Tips on How to Control Shine
The good news for us oily faces is there are several things we can do to control shine and keep our skin matte for longer. But do you want to hear better news? It is believed that people with oily, shiny skin tend to age more slowly. So honestly it doesn’t bother me that much that I have combination-to-almost-oily-skin, and you shouldn’t be bothered too. Cheers to aging gracefully.
But there are times that you just can’t take it anymore and the oiliness is just too much. Hopefully these tips below will work for you:
- Cleanse your face twice a day, in the morning and evening. Use a cleanser and a deep cleansing mask that contains kaolin. Kaolin is a type of mud that minimizes shine.
- Stop yourself from washing your face every time you feel oily. Over-washing can do more harm than good. It will only trigger pores to produce even more oil because it’s the skin’s way of compensating the ‘loss’ of oil.
- Use a toner with witch hazel for extra shine control. This step should help get rid of excess oil, dirt, and makeup, without sucking out essential moisture from your skin.
- You still need to moisturize even with oily skin. Don’t be afraid of it, and stop thinking that it will only make matters worse. Protect. Don’t be afraid of moisturizer. The reason you need to moisturize is that it helps replace that moisture you lost when you cleansed your face. It is important to note, however, that an oil-free, water-based moisturizer with a broad spectrum SPF should be used. My top tip is to make sure you apply moisturizer in morning to be protected from the sun while keeping your skin hydrated, and the evening to help your skin while it regenerates itself. Also, find something that has a non-comedogenic formula. Products with this formulation should help keep pores clear.
- Include a mattifying primer, a matte foundation, and transluscent finishing powder in your makeup routine.
Do you have more tips on how to manage oily skin? Please share them below!
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