If you thought your oily skin was going to go away as soon as you graduated high school, you might have been unpleasantly surprised to find that you're still stressing over your shiny face all these years later. Oily skin is a function of hormones - some women experience more oil on their skin during their menstrual cycles or during pregnancy, while others simply produce more of it on the daily.
No matter why it's there, it can be tricky to control. Fortunately, when you take the right steps, you can achieve a magnificently matte complexion.
The magic of masks
There are masks designed for nearly every skin type out there, whether you're acne-prone or super dry. The best masks for oily skin contain clay. This ingredient has the power to suck away oil and keep it curbed for days. The elemis herbal lavender repair mask has a kaolin clay base that's great for cleansing oily skin without drying it out. Rosemary, thyme and lavender also work with the clay to invigorate and re-balance the skin. Use this mask once or twice a week and you'll start to see less shine!
Get a gel
The best face wash for oily skin is a gel formula, like the laboratoire remède matte therapy cleansing gelée. Gels are better at scrubbing away oil, grease and the day's dirt without over-drying skin, which of course just kick starts the production of even more oil as your skin attempts to re-balance its moisture. This particular formula is designed to target sebum while hydrating with Carrageenan moss to keep the skin soft and smooth.
Mind your makeup
Oily-skinned ladies are best off with powder formulas for their foundation, blush and bronzer. These minerals soak up access oil on the skin while visually smoothing the skin. For more oil control, start with a primer before you apply your foundation.