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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Oily Skin | Skincare & Make-up Tips

I recently had the idea of putting together a post of tips for looking after oily skin, and asking other bloggers to contribute - after all, with all the testing and reviewing that we do, who better to recommend products and techniques than a group of beauty bloggers!? Oily skin can be difficult to care for; there's the temptation to use "oil-control" products which in reality just strip your skin, there's the issues with keeping your make-up on your face, and there are the problems with pores clogging and skin looking dull. Hopefully some of these tips will help any oily-skinned girls (and guys!) learn the best ways of looking after their skin; obviously you need to remember that everyone is different, so what works for us won't necessarily work for you. That said, you should get a few ideas of things to try and maybe you can work from there - good luck, and we'd love to hear how you get on, or if you have any other tips!!
Skincare & Makeup Tips for Oily Skin
Mary from MaryGlow has some product recommendations to share; "Over time I have found some products that have helped me, including the Deep Clean Long-Last Shine Control By Neutrogena, and the Aveda Botanical Kinetics Purifying Gel Cleanser which removes oil and impurities. My favourite moisturiser is by Olay and is the Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer, this cream won't leave your skin greasy or anything, plus it helps rejuvenate my skin. I use these three products daily, morning and evening!"
Mary also uses a homemade face mask once a week; 1tbsp of Oatmeal, 1tbsp of Honey, and 1tbsp of Milk or water, mixed well to form a paste and applied to the face for 20-30 minutes before rinsing. Oatmeal helps to absorb dirt and impurities from the pores, and hydrate the skin, leaving it soft and smooth, whilst honey has antibacterial properties and helps to fight any spots.
Nickki from Keeping Up With Coco offers the following tips:
"1. Using my Clarisonic Mia every day really helps my skin with oil control. I use it with my favourite cleanser every night while I'm in the shower. I have found that it not only helps with oil control, it helps with breakouts too!
2. Whenever I wear makeup I feel like it either sinks into my large pores or just slides right off my face, and to help with that I swear by my Benefit Porefessional Primer. I use it only where I do have large pores because I find when I rub it in other places, my skin tends to just not look right or get flaky. So my advice on using this is using your fingers to press the primer into the areas of your face with large pores.
3. And for my final tip is you absolutely must find a good foundation that works well with your skin. My current favourite is the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation. I don't think it helps with oil control but it does last on your face all day and with a good powder you're set to go. Not to mention it also has medium to full coverage for all of your problem areas (aka annoying pimples)!"
Martisa from Truly Gorgeous Skin finds that using an organic Argan Oil daily, helps to balance sebum levels and thereby reduce breakouts - she recommends InstaNatural's 100% Pure & EcoCert Certified Organic Argan Oil.
Personally, I like to use a good primer under my foundation (my all-time favourite is Pop Beauty's Face Magnet Primer, which I've yet to repurchase, but it really did keep my skin matte amazingly well!), set it with powder, and keep blotting papers on hand throughout the day to absorb excess oil before topping my powder up. I'd also like to remind oily-skin sufferers that oil is not to be feared - I was so scared at first to put more oil on my face, but actually using a decent cleansing oil, and a facial oil mixed with my night cream, really suits my skin and certainly hasn't made it any oilier! If anything, it's actually less oily, and definitely less prone to breakouts. My final suggestion is to exfoliate regularly with a gentle exfoliator; I really like The Body Shop's Vitamin C Microdermabrasion, and I'm currently trying out JOIK Estonia's beautiful facial scrub. Acid exfoliators such as Nip + Fab's Glycolic Fix are another great option - I use the scrub from this range around every other evening. Oily skin can cause dirt and dead skin cells to cling, so a good exfoliating session a couple of times a week helps to keep the skin clear and bright.
Oily Skin Tips
And last but not least, Laura from What Laura Loves reminds us that, "Many people forget that oily skin can also be dehydrated. Using a product that adds a light amount of moisture to the face on a morning and doesn't completely strip the skin is important so that your skin doesn't go into overdrive, producing more oil to compensate for the dehydration. I actually use the Witch Overnight Clearing Serum (click through for my review) both at night under my moisturiser and alone each morning and find that it visibly hydrates my skin, keeps blackheads and blemishes at bay and makes a great base for makeup!"
I've found it really interesting putting this post together, as some of the things these girls swear by, just don't work for me - Benefit's Porefessional, for example - I want to love it but it just makes my foundation slide off my face! I'm also in two minds about the Clarisonic and similar devices - it's great that they work so well for some people, but this post by Caroline Hirons really made me doubt whether it would benefit my skin, and I would recommend reading her thoughts if you're considering investing in one. Do you have oily skin? What are your best tips for taking care of it and helping it to look its best? I'd love to hear in the comments if you have any more ideas to share!! I'm also thinking about putting together a similar post for dry skin, so do let me know if that's something you'd be interested in reading and/or contributing to!



  1. like the sound of the serum will have to give that a go, I have a mini of the porefessional it is ok but I don't use it all that much.

  2. This is a really good idea! I have dry skin though so would definitely be interested in reading tips for dry skin :) xxx Thou Shalt Not Covet

  3. oh the serum sound great I dont have oily skin but this is a good tip for anyone who does suffer who I know thanks hun http://ninasbargainbeauty.blogspot.com

  4. Clarisonic is amazing! My skin is much smoother after I started using it. Great tips! xx

    Pink Frenzy

  5. Great tips! I don't really have oily skin mine is more on the dry side.


  6. Great post! :) I love my Magnitone and Porefessional! x

  7. This is a great read for girls with Oily skin, will be sharing this with my friends x

  8. Thanks for including my tip! So lovely to read all of the tips from everyone else xxx

  9. Great post! I have dehydrated so I can struggle sometimes helping my sister who has combination / oily skin. Thank you for these tips xxx


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