Thursday, October 26, 2017

Tips For Less Oily Skin

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As you might or might not know, I have oily skin. If I don't set my makeup with powder, I end up looking like Renee Zellweger in the picture above. There's so much oil/grease on my face, that it looks like I put butter on my forehead and nose. My T-zone is the worst, then comes my cheekbones and the rest is pretty much normal skin. The most annoying part is that after only one hour of wearing foundation, my nose starts to shine.. The last couple of years I have gathered some tricks to not prevent that, but at least postpone it for a little while, without powdering my nose/forehead/chin, I don't like touching up makeup in public places. So today I am sharing with you some tips for those who suffer from oily skin!
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1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

I can't say it enough. Most people who suffer from oily skin have dry skin at the same time. It's a mechanism of the body to moisturize your own skin with oils, so when you moisturize your skin with a good moisturizer, there's no or less need to grease up, because your skin isn't that dry anymore. I currently am using a very budget moisturizer infused with tea tree. On moisturizing terms, it's not the richest moisturizer that I've ever used.


2. Face masks
Give yourself some me-time and do face masks one or two times a week. I tend to forget to do face masks, so I aim for once a week for now. Clay masks are great for oily skin. It sucks out all the dirt and oils and it nourishes your skin at the same time. Win-win! The days after I use a face mask, I notice that my skin gets less oily during the day and that it is more radiant. It is good to do face masks in general, not only for oily skin. Clay masks are great for oily skin, but other masks will do too. The masks that I'm currently using are the Borghese masks (I have several) and a green clay mask. Love them.

3. BHA exfoliant
I use an AHA and BHA exfoliant. BHA is very suitable for oily skin, because the active ingredient dissolves in oil and it breaks down the stuff that is in clogged pores (read here on my blog how and why it works). It clears your pores and minimizes them, probably something you are looking for if you have oily skin. Currently I am using exfoliants by Paula's Choice.

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4. Primer
To prevent foundation melting off immediately, use primer. I am using one from Sephora now, a silicone-based one. It works well for my cheeks and a bit for my forehead, but it's not enough for my nose. My nose is the worst. At the end of the day the oil will break through on my forehead and I still end up looking greasy. So I think the best primers to use are ones that are thick and not so smooth as silicone ones. I am talking about primers like Urban Decay De-Slick Primer, Paula's Choice Shine Stopper (<-- great one!) or Kiko Matte Base Corrector.

5. Eyeshadow primer
I sometimes use eyeshadow primer on my nose and my forehead to keep them as long as possible from greasing up. I do this trick mostly during summer days. It keeps my foundation better in place that the silicone one I am using now. What am I saying, it keeps my foundation in place very well. I like this trick but I don't have time to put on two different primers in the morning, so I am using eyeshadow primer on my nose and forehead when I have a lot of time to get ready.
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6. Powder off
This one you are probably familiar with: powder your face off after applying foundation! And not just with a little bit, no, you can be generous, especially on your extra oily zones. When you're greasing up, the powder will be there to suck it up first, before it shows. For me, it does not stop the process, but it does make a difference if I do or do not powder my foundation. Honestly: I just can't do without powder, not only because it helps to set my foundation and helps it to melt off less, it also makes my face less sticky. I really dislike the way that foundation feels on my skin after applying, it feels very sticky and if I don't powder it, it feels like it will just melt right off. I currently am using the W7 Banana Dreams Loose Powder.


7. Setting spray
Setting spray not only gives you a nice, non-cakey finish, but it also sets your makeup. I do feel like it makes a difference. On days I forget to set my makeup with a spray, I notice my skin (especially my nose) is getting greasy faster. Past few weeks I have been using the MUA Pro-Base Mattify Fixing Mist.

Those were my tips for today! I hope they work for you and have a nice day 😘😘

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