Reducing Oily Shine

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You're in the bathroom at work. It's midday. You glance in the mirror and...the shine from your nose is blinding! If you've ever experienced this, then chances are that you've been cursed with oily skin. Fortunately, a plethora of skincare products are now available to help those of us with oily skin types get shine under control.

Read on to find out how to take care of your oily skin and banish shine once and for all. Basic 3-step skincare plan. The first and most important part of controlling shine is to follow a good basic skincare routine. The key is to rid your skin of excess dirt and oil without overdrying, which would cause your pores to overcompensate by producing even more oil than usual.

You'll want to start out with a deep-cleaning cream or gel cleanser, such as one of the following:

  • Ole Henriksen Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser
  • Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser
  • Biore Warming Deep Pore Cleanser
  • Philosophy Purity Made Simple
  • Next, you should mop up excess oil with a cotton ball soaked in an oil-controlling toner - but avoid overly harsh formulas that will overdry and irritate skin. Some examples include:

  • Lancome Tonique Controle
  • Kiehl's Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion
  • Dickinson's All-Natural Witch Hazel
  • Finally, you need to moisturize. If you don't, your skin will just produce extra oil to overcompensate, and then you'll be shinier than ever. Look for an oil-free formula with an SPF of at least 15, such as one of the following:

  • Neutrogena Moisture SPF 15
  • Boscia Oil-Free Hydration SPF 15
  • Lancome Bienfait Total UV Mattifyers
  • The most effective thing you can do to prevent shine is to use an oil control or "mattifying" product. Mattyfiers generally go on over your moisturizer, but under any makeup. Some examples include:

  • Benefit Dr. Feelgood
  • Awake Day Matteness
  • Clinique Pore Minimizer T-Zone Shine Control Makeup
  • For women, another key to maintaining a shine-free face is to use an oil-free, long-wearing, matte- finish foundation. Some good examples include:

  • Clinique Superfit Makeup
  • Almay Skin Stays Clean Oil-Free Foundation
  • Lancome Teint Idole Touchups
  • To remain shine-free throughout the day, try to keep a packet of facial blotting papers on hand at all times to mop up extra oil. For example, try:

  • Bloom Face Blotting Tissues
  • Clinique Stay-Matte Oil Blotting Sheets
  • Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets
  • If you're female, a compact with pressed powder is another essential. To prevent caking, use a small amount after you've removed excess oil with the blotting sheets. Try these formulas:

  • Benefit Get Even
  • Diane Von Furstenberg Beauty Translucent Powder
  • Maybelline Finish Matte Pressed Powder
  • Finally, if you're either male or a woman who doesn't wear makeup - or if you work out in the middle of the day and need something a little stronger than blotting papers or powder - try stashing a packet of facial cleansing cloths somewhere handy, like in your gym bag or glove compartment. Try some of the following:

  • Mac Wipes
  • Comodynes Makeup Remover Towels for Face and Eyes
  • Pond's Cleansing and Makeup Remover Towelettes
  • You can't change your skin type. But with a little effort - and the right products - you can control oily shine in order to look your best.

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