Banishing Shine

After taking the time to do your makeup in the morning, there are few things more frustrating than catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror at midday and finding your face full of unflattering shine.

If you have oily skin, the overproduction of oil can break through your makeup as the day goes on, causing it to fade, streak, and even change color. You dab some powder on your shiny spots, but that can actually make things worse – you may wind up with cakey, greasy patches, especially in your t-zone.

When you want to keep your face shine-free, it starts with the right skincare. Using products that help regulate your oil production and balance the skin is the key.  The first step is finding an effective cleanser to remove surface oils.  If you use a cleanser that’s too creamy or rich, it only adds unnecessary moisture and leaves you with a greasy complexion.  Instead, opt for a product like Dermalogica’s Dermal Clay Cleanser. It is a clay formula that deep cleanses and purifies oily skin. The kaolin and green clays absorb excess oil and refine skin texture for smooth, shine-free skin. The Dermal Clay Cleanser can even double as an oil-absorbing face mask when your skin is particularly greasy.

Even with a good cleanser, though, there may still be some oil left on the surface of your skin if you’re producing excess sebum.  Using a product like Dermalogica’s Skin Purifying Wipes after cleansing can remove any lingering oil or residue that might lead to shiny complexion. The wipes contain salicylic acid to exfoliate the skin, as well as balm mint, coneflower, and camphor to soothe and purify.  They also come in a convenient resealable package that you can toss in your purse, backpack, or gym bag so you can refresh your skin whenever it gets a little shiny throughout the day.

You can also use a toner like Purifying Tonic after cleansing to get rid of any excess oil. The formula is chock full of botanicals that help balance the skin so your oil production is held in check.

If you have chronically shiny skin, though, the most important step in your skincare routine is applying a mattifying product. These products contain oil-absorbing ingredients so they don’t just leave your skin shine-free upon application but keep oil from breaking through all day long.  With enantia chlorantha bark extract to help reduce oily shine, the Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion is an ideal option.  If you battle shine and large pores, the Bioelements Oil Control Mattifier may be a better choice because it’s a cream formula that keeps skin matte all day and fills in pores for smooth, shine-free skin.  If you have acne-prone skin, look for a mattifying product with acne-fighting ingredients. The Dermalogica Clearing Mattifier uses niacinamide, zinc gluconate, yeast extract, caffeine, and biotin to purify the skin and control oil production, but also contains salicylic acid to help exfoliate and clear congested pores.

The final step in any effective skincare routine is sunscreen, but many sun protection products are heavy and greasy so they only make oily skin look shinier. The key is finding a lightweight, oil-free formula that actually works to fight shine.  The Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF30 is an ideal option when you want to keep your face shine-free. The sheer, lightweight formula keeps the skin matte all day by using a blend of niacinamide, zinc gluconate, yeast extract, caffeine, and biotin, while delivering effective protection against UV light.

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