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How I keep my oily skin matte and under control

Thu, 8 December 2016 11:51AM


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I have incredibly oily skin. See, I’m blessed with that European olive skin tone that goes a bronze-gold colour after five minutes in the sun. The type some porcelain-faced beauties yearn for. But what you probably don’t realise is olive skin is generally notorious for it’s oily nature. The telltale shine that starts to develop at about midday? Not so awesome.

Having oily skin also means some of my pores are almost the size of olives – well, a slight exaggeration but it certainly feels that way at times! And while it’s fantastic that I can master a “dewy” look sans products, it’s not so great that I also tend to look like I’ve just gone for a run in the middle of the day.

What do I do to try and combat my skin type? I’m so glad you asked!

I’m very aware of skin congestion

Because oily skin can easily lead to blocked pores I like to keep my skincare routine simple. I use minimal product because overloading can clog my skin, and I absolutely make sure to keep my fingers away from my face throughout the day – hands carry so much bacteria! It’s a nightmare if you get easily congested skin.

I keep my skincare routine the same

As a teen, I suffered from acne. I was put onto the MD Formulations brand for cleansing, and I honestly haven’t looked back. I start my morning off with their cleanser for all skin types, making sure to use tepid or cold water so as not to irritate my skin. The bottle says to apply a pea-sized amount to a wet face and wash it off with about 15-20 splashes of water. Of course I’m a stickler for the rules (sometimes) so I don’t plan on arguing with the label!


MD Formulations Facial Cleanser for All Skin Types, $85

I follow up my cleansing routine with a trustworthy moisturiser. I’ve been around the block with moisturisers and I’ve now settled on an oil-free, tinted, SPF product that ticks all the boxes. Who better to trust with your SPF needs than the Cancer Council themselves? The cream soaks right up into your skin as soon as it’s applied, keeping you sun safe while adding a little colour too.


Cancer Council Day Wear Light Tint Face Sunscreen SPF 30+

Makeup is where I control the shine

On a weekend I might stop here, giving my skin a break from the five-day, makeup filled working week. But on a weekday I’m all about a fabulous foundation and a bright coloured pout. I’ll follow my moisturiser up with Nude by Nature’s Natural Mineral Cover in Medium, making sure to apply a light amount and work it onto the skin in a circular motion. The lightweight powder is also imbued with a dash of SPF and is great for subtly covering up redness and shine without looking like I’ve just caked myself in makeup.

CaptureNude By Nature Natural Mineral Cover, $39.95

Now, it’s hard to avoid shine during the day, but there’s one trusty product that I pull out when I’m headed for a lunch meet up and my skin is starting to reflect the blinding fluorescent lights above my desk. It’s Benefit’s Porefessional: Agent Zero Shine. This is so great for touching up any shiny spots without having to completely reapply your entire face.


Benefit @ Myer The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine, $52

At night, I bring out the oil

Adding oil to an oily complexion!? Don’t freak out, there’s a method to this madness. When it’s time for some (well-deserved might I say) shuteye, I use the much-celebrated rose hip oil. While it might sound absurd that I’m adding more oil after complaining about my face already looking like a used fry pan, rose hip oil is great for soothing the skin, hydrating, fading any evil acne scars and keeping those pesky wrinkles at bay – I know they’ll find me one day! I like to apply just a teeny, tiny amount so it can soak in without leaving much residue by morning.


Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, $25.99

And voila! That’s how I deal with the oily skin those Greek gods have graced me with. If you’re a suffer of a greasy t-zone too, just remember to take extra care of your skin by removing make up before hitting the gym or catching some Zs. Keeping your skin clean will reduce the chance of blocked pores and extra oil build up.

By Melissa Kehagias

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  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Tue, 13 December 2016 01:20pm

    Thank you! As a fellow oil skinned gal I can really relate to this post and love that you have recommended completely budget friendly options!!!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Fri, 3 February 2017 01:40pm

    I have combination skin, I find regularly cleansing of this area with toner works a treat.

  • Posted by: cottoncandy19 Master Fan // Mon, 13 February 2017 09:44pm

    All very great tips! I suffer from oily skin

  • Posted by: Bijoux Master Fan // Sat, 18 February 2017 11:45am

    I use blotting paper, that stuff is awesome!

  • Posted by: meedee Master Fan // Sun, 19 February 2017 04:35pm

    I use jojoba oil at night.
    A good primer, sunscreen thats dry touch, powder and blotting paper during the day

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