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When you have oily skin, you know that the struggle to keep your face from looking excessively shiny is real. And while it’s probably safe to say that you want your complexion to look radiant, there’s a fine line between glowing skin and greasy skin. Your gut instinct might be to grab a facial cleanser and scrub, scrub, scrub the shininess away—but the thing is, excessive cleansing can actually cause your skin to produce more oil, leaving your face looking even shinier. Instead, reach for skin care products and makeup that have matte (i.e. non-shiny) finishes. We’ve rounded up our best mattifying beauty products for oily skin below.
Micellar water is a gentle, no-rinse cleansing option that’s great for oily gals—especially ones who are always on the go. This French-favorite cleanser is powered by tiny micelles that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. The L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies. Because there’s no rinsing off necessary, micellar water is one of the most convenient skin care products to bring with you when you’re traveling or have a workout planned. Just saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and wipe it across your face.
Just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean you have to cleanse more often than anyone else. It’s best to stick to washing your face twice a day (once in the morning and once at night). The L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser is formulated to seamlessly transform from clay to mousse and remove everyday impurities without over-drying skin. Squeeze a small amount of facial cleanser into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse, then gently massage it onto your face using circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry. Immediately after use, skin is purified of dirt, oil, and pollution and left with a matte look.
Go ahead and pamper your oily skin with a face mask! Day after day, impurities, dirt, makeup, and excess oils can build up on the surface of your skin, leaving your complexion looking overly oily. The L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask is formulated with three types of clay and enhanced with eucalyptus leaf extract to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and reduce the look of excess shine. Apply an even layer to clean skin, leave the face mask on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off. Use three times a week for best results—so carve out the time in your schedule to show your oily skin some love on the regular.
Think you can skip on the moisturizer if you have oily skin? Think again! For normal and oily skin types, external factors like pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture and an increase in oil production—resulting in an overly shiny complexion. So, what kind of moisturizer should you use if you have oily skin then? Consider reaching for a water-based moisturizer, like the L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water for long-lasting hydration and has a matte finish. You should moisturize your oily skin morning and night after cleansing, but just one quick note: Before you go outside in the morning, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher over your moisturizer to help protect your skin from the sun. Look for one with a matte finish if you’re worried about midday greasiness. Other sun protection measures you should take daily include limiting your amount of time in the sun, seeking shade, and covering up exposed areas in long-sleeve shirts, pants, UV-blocking sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat.
If you find your makeup tends to start sliding off halfway through the day, you could benefit from using a primer. The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Lock Makeup Primer has a mattifying effect. It stops shine and blurs imperfections for a matte finish, while creating a smooth base for your makeup application. After cleansing and moisturizing, apply the primer dot by dot and blend in a gentle circular motion over your entire face or to targeted areas (think: your T-Zone). You can wear the primer alone or under foundation for a smoother, more even application and wear.
When you’ve got oily skin, you know that wearing foundation isn’t always foolproof—if you choose the wrong one, you can definitely end up looking way shinier than you’d like. That’s why you should reach for a matte finish foundation, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation. Apply it with the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender using quick dabbing and rolling motions and you’ll be all set.
For more advice on taking care of oily skin, here are 10 Skin Care Hacks for Oily Skin.