Oily skin can be the absolute bane of one’s life: forever conscious of it, touching up, looking in reflective surfaces for hints of shine. In the long run, your oily skin will serve you brilliantly – it will resist signs of ageing in a much more resilient and effective way than a drier or normal skin type. Nevertheless, for now, put together a little survival kit that starts from cleansing, all the way to make-up, to help minimise your oily skin.
1. A Cleanser containing AHAs/BHAs
Soap and Glory’s Peaches and Clean is one of the best all-rounders for oily skins. Unlike many cleansers targeted specifically at oily skins, this is a lovely creamy cleanser without the chemical smell of the harshness of stripping skin. Juicy peachy smell, with a soft, fluid texture, this puts the luxury back into oily skincare. Others that work brilliantly include the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Cleanser.
2. A Moisturiser
Oily skin needs moisture. Absolute fact. A lot of oily skins have the underlying symptom of dehydration. For the a.m. a more gel-like texture is my chosen poison – REN’s Clearcalm3 Clarity Day Fluid is my current choice – a light, gel-like fluid, it provides deep hydration, whilst helping prevent surface shine.
3. A Sunscreen
Many find the world of sunscreen daunting, but the newer formulas mean that even oilier skins now have a vast choice. Vichy’s Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch SPF30 is my daily go-to: it feels mattifying on the skin, sinks in well and doesn’t leave any white cast.
4. A Primer
I find that most primers don’t really help my oily skin, and so gave up on them for a very long time. But, lo and behold, I rediscovered an old favourite: Philosophy’s the Present. You do need to wait at least 2 minutes for it to set before you add any make up on top of it, but it’s definitely worth the wait. I only need to blot once, and my face is very much intact at the end of the day!
5. A Foundation
Now, I am of the opinion that if skincare up to this point is working, then an overly matte foundation can be a step too far, leaving the skin looking caked and older than it should. Currently, one beautiful foundation is the Bourjois Happy Light – a brilliant Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation dupe, albeit in a slightly different texture. Another new discovery is the Max Factor Whipped Crème Foundation, which leaves a demi-matte finish, and stays put through the majority of the day.
6. …And Set
Ben NYE is one of the best, most affordable powders on the market. I love the yellow tone for brightening skin, and the fine-mill of the powder lends itself perfectly to a flawless finish. Really press the powder into the skin as opposed to-+ dusting it to seal your make-up for longer.
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