If there’s a hallmark of oily skin, it’s that shine that starts to show through your foundation as the day goes by. While blotting sheets and pressed powders offer an immediate solution, the key is to find a skincare routine that’s gentle on the skin while helping balance oil production so that mid-day (or all day) shine is effectively tackled. Look for gentle cleansers, hydrating but lightweight moisturisers and even oils. Here are some top tips and skincare products to help tackle shine for oily skin.
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Text: Joyce Cheo
#1: Cleanse Gently
For those struggling with oily skin, the first instinct might be to use a deep (and sometimes harsh) cleanser twice daily that leaves skin feeling squeaky clean. Many of these cleansers contain chemical surfactants like SLS which strips your skin of its natural moisture barrier, hence that squeaky clean feeling. When your skin’s moisture barrier is compromised, your skin starts producing even more sebum to naturally lubricate itself, sending it into a vicious cycle. To avoid this, resist the urge to buy harsh cleansers and opt for a gentle cleanser like Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro pH Foam Facial Cleanser, $29 for 120ml. Formulated with naturally derived surfactants that do not strip the skin, it thoroughly cleanses your pores and balances skin’s pH without irritating the skin making it safe even for sensitive skin types.
#2: Realise The Importance of Toners
When you have oily skin that’s prone to shine, it is only understandable that you want to avoid piling on multiple layers of products. However, it’s important not to skip toner. Look for alcohol-free toners that respect your skin’s integrity. Try the Mario Badescu Witch Hazel & Rosewater Toner, $30 for 236ml, which balances skin with rose and witch hazel extracts thanks to their natural astringent properties that are also gentle on the skin. Aloe vera soothes any inflammation and rose water and rose oil douse skin with hydration and antioxidants for a healthier, clearer complexion.
#3: Use A Face Oil Already
While many people with oily skin still have reservations about using face oils, trust us when we say it might be the best thing to happen to your skin. First of all, our skin’s lipid barrier is hydrophilic, which means that it keeps water-based ingredients out. This also explains why our skin is a waterproof barrier to prevent water from seeping into our body when we swim or take a bath. Due to its structure, this lipid barrier is more receptive to oils so applying a nutrient-rich face oil can help effectively transport essential skincare ingredients into its deeper layers. For those looking at keeping breakouts at bay, purifying skin and regulating sebum glands, try Sunday Riley’s U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil, $113 for 35ml. Carefully blended with botanical extracts that clear out pores, renew skin, kill bacteria and brighten existing blemish scars, it is easily absorbed into the skin to soothe, hydrate and purify blemish-prone skin.
#4: Never Ever Skip Moisturiser
Ensuring that your skin is well hydrated will help reduce excessive sebum production. Hence, it is crucial to moisturise your skin with an lightweight moisturiser that effectively hydrates without being too rich. Caudalie Vinopure Skin Perfecting Mattifying Moisturizer, $48 for 40ml, does just that. Thanks to a blend of essential oils, this lightweight moisturiser not only provides long-lasting hydration, it also has antiseptic benefits to keep acne-causing bacteria at bay. And it is also formulated with natural silica powders which soak up excess sebum for a mattified complexion throughout the day.
#5: Deep-Cleanse Your Skin Regularly
We could all use some extra help in form of a clarifying mask that absorbs gunk, dirt and excess sebum when it comes to purging clogged pores. Moreover, when you have shine-prone skin, the sebum on your skin’s surface becomes prone to oxidation, which in turn causes your complexion to look dull and lifeless. Formulated to combat all your oily skin woes, Skin Inc Mask-Have Matte & Glow Duo Mask Set, $98 for 2 x 25ml, is the perfect weekly deep-cleansing mask to purify and brighten your complexion at one go. Take multi-masking to a whole other level as the Pores Be-Gone Mattifying Mask reduces shine and refines pores with volcanic ash while the Get Glowin’ Brightening Mask brightens your complexion with vitamin C and Licorice extract.
#6: Keep An SOS Product On Standby
On days when you’re too lazy to go down your regular mask routine, keep a fast-acting mask like FOREO’s Matte Maniac Extra Purifying Charcoal-Infused UFO Activated Mask, $30 for 6 sheets, on hand. Designed to be used with FOREO’s UFO device, each sheet of this mask is soaked in an oil-free serum which works under two minutes. Charcoal draws out pore-clogging impurities, lotus infuses skin with antioxidants while a host of vitamins and minerals recharges and replenishes skin for a well-balanced mien.