6 Ways To Reduce Shine For Oily Skin

by Joyce Cheo
LIFESTYLE  |  February 02, 2019
  • The essential skincare steps you musn't skip and products you must try to keep your skin shine free.
    1 / 7 The essential skincare steps you musn't skip and products you must try to keep your skin shine free.

    Those with oily skin have probably experienced the annoying occurrence where your face gets super shiny and oily in the middle of the day. While powdering or blotting your skin will help keep shine at bay, there are skincare tips that can give you a better base for makeup application. Follow these six steps to nip excess shine in the bud.

    (Also read: 9 Reasons Why Your Skin is Always Oily (And What You Can Do About It))

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  • Cleanse gently
    2 / 7 Cleanse gently

    For many people 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. However, what many of these cleansers contain chemical surfactants like SLS which strip your skin of its natural moisture barrier. And what happens 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 solve this problem, resist the urge to buy cleansers that are harsh. Instead, try a gentle one like the 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 sensitive skin.

    (Also read: Got Oily, Acne-Prone Skin? Get Rid of Pimples With Activated Charcoal!)

    Photo: Dr Jart

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  • Realise the importance of toners
    3 / 7 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, the toner step is not one to miss out on. As previously mentioned, the first rule of thumb is to avoid products that might strip the skin of its moisture barrier. Instead, look for an alcohol-free formula that respects your skin’s integrity. Try Mario Badescu Witch Hazel & Rosewater Toner ($30 for 236ml) which infuses skin with rose and witch hazel extracts – they are natural, gentle astringents. Aloe vera soothes redness-prone skin and rose water and rose oil douse skin with hydration and antioxidants.

    (Also read: 16 Best Toners For Oily And Acne-Prone Skin)

    Photo: Mario Badescu

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  • Use a face oil
    4 / 7 Use a face oil

    While many people still have reservations about using face oils when they have oily skin, trust us when we say it might be the best thing to feed your skin with. 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 baths. 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 Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil ($113 for 35ml). Carefully blended with botanical extracts that clears out pores, renew skin, kills bacteria and brighten existing blemish scars, it is easily absorbed into the skin to soothe, hydrate and purify blemish-prone skin without leaving behind any greasy residue.

    (Also read: 9 Fast-Absorbing Serums Suitable For Oily Skin)

    Photo: Sunday Riley

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  • Never skip moisturiser
    5 / 7 Never skip moisturiser

    Caudalie Vinopure Skin Perfecting Mattifying Moisturizer ($48 for 40ml) hydrates without being too “rich” for oily skin. Thanks to its blend of essential oils, this lightweight moisturiser not only provides long-lasting hydration, but it also has antiseptic benefits to keep acne-causing bacteria at bay. And it is formulated with natural silica powders which soak up excess sebum for a mattified complexion throughout the day.

    (Also read: 9 Ways To Help Makeup Last Longer On Oily Skin)

    Photo: Caudalie

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  • Deep-cleanse your skin regularly
    6 / 7 Deep-cleanse your skin regularly

    We could all use some extra help in purging congestion-prone skin in the form of a clarifying mask, which absorbs gunk, dirt and excess sebum that have been left to accumulate within pores. 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 deeply 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 lights up your complexion with vitamin C and Licorice extract.

    (Also read: Facial Oils Are Good For Oily Skin Too! Here’s Why)

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  • Keep a SOS product on standby
    7 / 7 Keep a SOS product on standby

    On days when you’re too lazy for a multi-step routine, keep a fast-acting mask like Foreo’s Matte Maniac Extra Purifying Charcoal-Infused Ufo Activated Mask ($30 for six 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 in 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 skin.

    (Also read: 5 Best Facials For Those With Oily Skin)

    Photo: Foreo

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