Blame it on the humidity or your overactive glands, but realizing that your face has turned into a shiny mess halfway through the day is a pretty embarrassing feeling. It’s even worse if you have a face full of makeup on. So what’s a girl gotta do when her pores keep producing oil and she feels like she has control over it? Well, follow these tricks to keep your face from looking oily all day of course! Remember, we’ve always got your back when it comes to looking your fabulous best!
1. Is Your Cleanser All Wrong?
Let’s get to the basics first. Of course you cleanse your face twice a day, but what if your cleanser is actually worsening your greasy situation? Using cleansers that are too harsh for your skin can actually cause it to produce more oil thanks to all the natural oil that is lost because of your cleanser. If you have oily skin, switch to a gentle cleanser that contains salicylic acid, which will help control oil-production without drying out your face. We love Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash (Rs 499).
2. Get Your Skincare Routine Right
You should be washing your face in the morning and before going to bed, followed up by an alcohol-free toner and an oil-free moisturizer. Apply toner only on your T-zone or on areas that are prone to oiliness (especially if you have combination skin) as it can dry out the normal areas and cause flakiness and redness. You should be exfoliating your skin twice a week as well. Make sure not to scrub your face too hard with a towel, washcloth or sponge, which can irritate your skin and trigger excess oil production.
3. Powder To The Rescue
If you’re prone to oily skin then you should take the phrase “powdering your nose” quite literally. It’s smart to carry a compact in your purse to help mattify your face at the slightest hint of greasiness and keep your makeup in place. Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder (Rs 230) is great for controlling shine. On those no makeup days, just apply your moisturizer and some sheer powder on top - it’s a simple trick that will keep your face shine-free throughout the day, trust us.
4. Skip Foods That Trigger Oil Production
If you feel like you’ve tried everything but can’t seem to help turning into a puddle of grease, then it’s probably because of what you’re eating. Oily food and processed junk food can encourage oil production; also alcohol and spicy food can make you sweat, which leads to greasiness, so try and cut down on those cocktails and chaats. Load up on carrots, broccoli and spinach and loads of Vitamin A to help keep oil production in check.
5. When You Apply Makeup…
Always remember to apply primer before putting on your foundation. Primer is a super underrated, miracle product that will help control shine and keep your makeup in place all day or all night long. Plus, it will leave your skin with a smooth, velvety finish. When it comes to your foundation, make sure to use one that is oil-free and non-comedogenic so it doesn’t lead to breakouts or trigger oiliness. A mineral powder foundation is a great idea as it will absorb any excess oil and keep you looking fresh.
6. Blotting Paper Will Always Be There For You
If oily skin is the bane of your existence than you may want to invest in a lifetime supply of face wipes to help blot your skin. Yes, we’re actually serious. Clean And Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets (Rs 1,300) are a cult favourite for carrying around in your purse. They work like a dream when it comes to blotting your face to mop up any signs of grease. Whether you have makeup on or not, they’ll be your best friend for helping you look fresh and shine-free at all times.
7. Go Easy On The Creams
Overdoing it with skincare products and anti-ageing creams can cause your sebaceous glands to go into overdrive. Skip the heavy creams at night and stick to light moisturizers that are mild on your skin. You probably already know that we swear by Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion (Rs 675). You can also try a good hydrating serum for your skin like Pond’s Gold Radiance Serum if you’d like to give your face a radiant, healthy glow instead of that oily sheen you hate.