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Feel like your skin is always shiny, no matter what you do? Here’s how to get excess sebum and oily skin under control once and for all while curbing breakouts at the same time.
Oily skin can be a total nuisance to deal with, especially in the summertime, when things like sweat and shine are nearly impossible to avoid thanks to a rise in temperatures and humidity levels. But if you feel like your skin’s oil production is getting out of control, and you find that you can’t leave the house without first stocking your purse with oil-blotting papers, makeup setting spray and finishing powder, then you’re probably ready for a better solution.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with a little dew and shine, but if your skin is overly oily, there are products you can use in every step of your skincare routine that will curb excess sebum (oil) production and stop any unwanted shine in its tracks. Below is an outline of the best skincare routine for oily skin.
The best face wash for oily skin
Getting oily skin under control starts with how you cleanse your face. Excess sebum can lead to breakouts; oil sits in pores and clogs them, which can lead to unwanted things like pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. An exfoliating scrub, like L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Kiwi Scrub for Oily Skin, is a great pick; it removes dirt, sebum, impurities and dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, revealing soft, bright and clean skin underneath. Unclogging your pores will make a huge difference in terms of your skin’s appearance.
The best moisturizer for oily skin
Oily skin is often caused by dehydration. While it may sound counterintuitive, it’s true. When your skin isn’t getting the bursts of hydration it needs, it can overcompensate by creating more sebum, which leads to oily, shiny skin—especially in the parts of your face that tend to be drier and tighter: your forehead, nose and chin. Reach for an ultra-hydrating moisturizer, like L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Day & Night Moisturizer for Oily Skin. The lightweight formula allows for immediate absorption, and it keeps your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. It also mattifies skin, so it won’t look or feel greasy or oily. The Korean beauty-inspired formula is made with aloe water and hyaluronic acid, so you can be sure you’re feeding your skin ingredients that it loves.
The best mask for oily skin
A couple of times a week, it’s important to treat oily skin to a cleansing mask, such as L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask for Oily Skin, which can rapidly and effectively absorb excess sebum. Formulated with three mineral clays and eucalyptus extract, this refreshing and clarifying mask draws out impurities and built-up dirt and oil from deep within your skin, leaving you with a cleaner looking, less oily complexion.
The best primer for oily skin
When you have shiny, oily skin, you might worry about your makeup sliding off your face, especially in the heat. Thanks to products like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Matte-Lock Primer, you can leave those worries behind. This primer not only preps skin for makeup application but also smooths it, creating a softer, more even base on which to apply foundation. It also blurs imperfections and keeps oil production at bay, so it’s especially great to use on your T-zone. Apply the primer to skin, after moisturizer and before foundation, for a matte finish that lasts all day.
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