If you have oily or combination skin, you may find yourself fighting a battle against shine on a daily basis. Constantly touching up with powder not only clogs pores, it can give your skin a cakey, mask-like appearance. Instead, tackle the problem by adjusting your skincare routine and investing in some clever shine minimising products.
Take a look at the following five ways to eliminate shine:
1. Use an oil-regulating cleanser
Your first line of defence when it comes to being shine-free is your cleanser, so start your day right with one that is oil-controlling. Look for ingredients like purifying clay and salicylic acid to help clear pores.
Try: Dermal Clay Cleanser – by Dermalogica (£27.70) Contains oil-absorbing Kaolin clay and refreshing menthol to revitalise tired skin.
2. Moisturise and mattify
Yes, oily skin needs moisture too – just be smart about the moisturiser you choose and look for one that helps to control shine.
Try: Posay Effaclar Mat – by La Roche (£13.50) Zinc PCA neutralises sebum production, while Posay Thermal Spring Water soothes and softens the skin.
3. Have a weekly facemask
Help clear skin and shrink pores with a weekly detoxifying mask. Look for one with oil-absorbing ingredients that don’t dry out the skin.
Try: Shine Away Iconic Clay Mask – by Botanics (£4.66) Rich in minerals, this mask helps to draw out impurities to absorb excess oil and detoxify the skin.
4. Use a shine-controlling primer
Use a primer under your foundation that helps to control shine. Try to find one that doesn’t over-dry your skin or you could end up with a flaky complexion.
Try: Stay Perfect Shine Free Primer – by No7 (£12.50) Oil absorbing Biopol helps to minimise blemishes, while light reflecting particles disguise fine lines and flaws.
5. Use blotting papers
Keep a stash of blotting papers to hand so that when shine strikes you are prepared. These are ideal as they won’t disrupt your make up and won’t overload your skin with product.
Try: Oil Absorbing Sheets – by Skin Clear (£1.99) Impregnated with salicylic acid, these blotting sheets help to prevent breakouts.
If you think your skin could do with some help from a professional, take a look at our dermatology page.