Guest Post: An Oily Skin Survival Guide

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Aniqa from andlaughatguildedbutterflies



  1. 29 September, 2013 / 9:36 am

    Khila – I’d love to guest post over on this here blog, how can I contact you to do it?

    Aniqah – how did you get to publish your post here?

  2. Fi
    29 September, 2013 / 12:59 pm

    Fantastic and informative post – thank you so much. Really found the sunscreen suggestion great as I find it very hard to get a non greasy sunscreen. You have no idea how much this is appreciated (by someone whose skin has a life of its own – dry one day and oily the next!).

    Fi x

  3. 29 September, 2013 / 8:30 pm

    As a fellow shiny face thanks for the heads up on some products I didn’t now about. One step closer to winning the battle! 🙂

  4. 29 September, 2013 / 11:49 pm

    I have been thinking about getting the Whipped Creme Foundation for some time and this really helped me make up my mind (my main problem is that 80% of my skin is dry with the exception of my nose which can go either way…)


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