There’s nothing worse than developing a shiny t-zone over the course of the day. Oily skin is hard to control because it’s usually genetic and there’s no permanent cure-all for it. But thankfully there are many products on the market to help keep oil in check.
Here are seven ways to get rid of oily skin.
Activated charcoal is good for so many things, including skin. It’s great for deep cleaning pores and it’s also one of the best ways to control oil. A charcoal based mask and scrub like Dark Angels by Lush ($12.95) sucks excess oils out of the skin, leaving behind a matte finish.
Oil Controlling Primer
Wearing a good primer underneath makeup, or on its own, can act as a barrier for the secretion of oil. Most primers won’t stop oil completely but will simply reduce the look of shine. Not all primers are created equally though; the key is to look for an oil-free and oil controlling primer, like MAC’s Oil Control Lotion ($12, Macys.com), or NYX’s Shine Killer ($13.99, Ulta.com)
Blotting papers are thin squares of tissue paper that usually have light translucent powder dusted across them. Press these papers against shiny areas and they soak up the skin’s excess oils. Brown paper napkins can actually be used to a similar effect, but for those who don’t want a DIY solution, City Color’s Blotting Papers ($6, Amazon.com) and Clean & Clear’s Oil Absorbing Sheets ($4.99, Target.com) do the trick.
Many people assume moisturizer makes the skin more oily, and that those with oil-prone skin can’t wear it, but this is untrue. Depriving the skin of moisture can actually make the skin over-produce oil. It’s best to use a lightweight, water-based, non-comedogenic moisturizer in small amounts. Neutrogena’s Oil Free Moisturizer ($12.99, Ulta.com) and The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA ($5.80, TheOrdinary.com), are two popular options that fit the bill.
A good blotting powder or setting powder not only keeps makeup in place, but it also keeps the surface of the skin dry. Ben Nye Classic Translucent Face Powder in Neutral ($8, Amazon.com) is a highly recommended product for lighter skin tones, while Cover FX Perfect Pressed Setting Powder ($30, Sephora.com) and Saacha Buttercup Powder ($20, Amazon.com) are great tinted options for medium and dark skin tones. For on the go, throw a pressed powder like Fenty Beauty’s Invisimatte Blotting Powder ($32, Sephora.com) in your bag.
Matte Setting Spray
Setting the makeup with powder and a spray is a great way to seal everything in, including oil. Beauty bloggers rave about Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray ($15, Sephora.com), but many feel drug store options like J.Cat Beauty Matte Spray, Set, Go Setting Spray and NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray (both $8 at Ulta.com) work just as well.
It might sound redundant, but cleansing the skin with oil can actually help break down oil. The process is simple – use a warm cloth to dampen the face, massage the oil into the skin, and then remove with the same cloth. This method can be done using just about any oil, although some favorites include sunflower, primrose, argan, neem, mineral and jojoba, most of which can be found on Amazon.com.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is probably most popular for its acne healing abilities, but this all natural agent can also be used against oily skin. A spritz of the oil can be worn underneath makeup or on its own. Pure tea tree oil can be found at any health food store or on Amazon; some of the most popular options are NOW Tea Tree Oil ($6.97), Majestic Pure Therapeutic Melaleuca Alternifolia Tea Tree Oil ($14.95), and ArtNaturals Tea Tree Essential Oil ($14.95).
Shine is no longer something to fret over. There are plenty of quality products on the market to get rid of oily skin, and better yet, oily skin actually ages slower on average. Try these products on for size and see which one works best for you.