As an oily skin suffer, I have tried all kinds of things to mop up the shine on my face. I hate looking like a glossy new penny, and in my years of trying everything under the sun to matte my skin, I’ve nailed down some great products that you should have in your bathroom if you, too, hate looking like a newly minted coin.
- First and foremost, BABY POWDER. Seriously. Baby powder contains cornstarch, which is an awesome oil sopper. To refresh makeup and mattify skin, simply sprinkle some powder into your palm, twirl a large fluffy brush in it, tap off the excess, and using a light touch dust the powder over your oily areas. Avoid eyes and eyelids, unless you want to lighten your eye makeup. This is my absolute favorite way to refresh my makeup mid-day. Travel sizes of baby powder are available at Target and slip easily inside of a makeup bag or purse!
- One of the things I keep in my kit is Mary Kay’s Oil Mattifier. It’s a great tool to use under makeup and helps keep oil production at bay, which means your face is way less shiny by day’s end. I love this stuff. My pal Nicole is an awesome Mary Kay consultant, and if you’re interested in this product, you can purchase it from her by clicking here.
- Don’t waste your money on oil-blotting sheets. If you’re like me and hoard napkins in your glove compartment in your car, those work just as well. Using a firm but steady hand, blot oil from your face with a napkin. Don’t rub! It’ll take off your makeup. Just press. The napkin will do the rest.
- If all that excess oil has you breaking out, my favorite zit remedy is tea tree oil. The best way to employ this natural antiseptic is to take two Q-Tips. Soak one in hot water and press it gently to the blemish. This trick draws all the nasty gunk to the surface and opens the pore so the antiseptic properties of the tea tree can get in there and work. Douse the second Q-Tip in the tea tree oil and press it to the blemish after opening it up with the warm Q-Tip. Do this twice daily, and the zit will shrink up and heal with no scarring. Be sure you use 100% pure tea tree oil; the best kind comes from Australia. And while it’s a bad habit of mine, don’t pop zits! If you can’t stand it, see a trusted esthetician to extract clogged pores for you.
- If you have a fringe or bangs and they tend to mop up oil from your forehead, there’s another use for that baby powder. Rubbing a little in your hair can help to soak up oil; just don’t use too much or you’ll look like you’re going gray! Another great way to remedy fringe from being an oil catcher is to use a dry shampoo. I love TIGI’s Rockaholic Dirty Secret dry shampoo. Just hold it 8-10 inches from your hair (seriously — it’ll turn your hair white if it’s too close), and spritz. It contains clay, which is a natural oil absorber. It’s also great to revamp your second-day hair!
Let me know how these tips help you! Until next time, keep rocking a fabulous face!