If you have oily skin, you may feel like your skin shines more than it glows…and not in a good way. All of the previously discussed ways to brighten your skin will help, but we know you also want to reduce shine as much as possible too! There are a few suggestions that may work for you:
*Add Salicylic Acid to your routine. Many oily-skin and acne-prone skin products include salicylic acid already. Why? Salicylic acid is oil soluble. This means that it is better at penetrating the oiliness inside of your pores to effectively un-stick everything building up in there. Other exfoliants work as well, but the oil-soluble nature of salicylic acid sets it apart as a go-to for people with oily-skin.
*Target the oily areas. For a lot people, the T-zone is oily and shiny but the rest of the face may be normal or even dry! If this is a problem for you, you may want to consider changing your routine to treat these different areas of your skin a bit differently. Maybe try “double cleansing” the T-zone area or using a stronger formulation on that area. This can reduce the likelihood of irritating other parts of your face while targeting the oiliness.
*Don’t skip the moisturizer or sunscreen. Skipping the moisturizer is a common response to oily skin, but when the skin is left dry, the body will produce even more oil to compensate, which you don’t want. Look for an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer. For sunscreen, also look for oil-free, but there are also options that are “matte” that will cut down on sunscreen’s frequent shininess.
*Try a clay mask. Clay is often used in masks for oily skin because it is very effective at drawing out excess skin oil as well as dirt and other impurities from the skin. Also, the natural minerals and other beneficial ingredients in the clay get absorbed into the skin making it smooth & healthy. Applying a clay mask weekly, bi-weekly or monthly allows for a deeper cleanse of your pores.