But fret not my oily friends, for I have compiled together for you the "Ten Oily Commandments"which demonstrate the best ways to fight off and prevent oily skin and keep you looking fresh and ready to face the world.
THE TEN OILY COMMANDMENTS:
1.) THOU SHALT CLEANSE THY FACE WITH A GENTLE CLEANSER- the harsh chemicals found in a lot of face cleansers strip the skin of the natural oil it needs. Your skin then notices this imbalance and pumps out even more oil than usual. You should stay away from products that contain a lot of alcohol and wash your face no more than 2 times a day. Over-washing does the opposite of what you are trying to accomplish and again, makes your skin pump out the oil. Clay based cleansers usually work the best for oily skin. I like to switch the brand of cleanser I use after I finish a bottle so that my skin doesn't become immune to the cleanser (and I haven't found my holy grail cleanser yet...but right now I'm using Clinique liquid facial soap)
THOU SHALT MOISTURIZE- I know what you're thinking. "But, my face is already an oily, wet mess...won't adding more moisture make it worse?" Nope. Moisturizer balances the moisture levels in your skin so that your skin doesn't feel like it needs to produce any more oil than it needs. So moisturize your skin daily before you put on your makeup. I like to use the Yes to Tomatoes Moisturizer because it combats oil and acne prone skin at the same time.
6.) THOU SHALT USE A PRIMER- this will prevent your makeup from sliding off during the day, absorb excess oil, and fill in pores and fine lines. Primer creates a canvas and base for your makeup. Again, make sure the primer is oil-free. I like Smashbox Photo-finish Light for this reason.
E.L.F Shine Eraser blotting papers.
8.) THOU SHALT REDUCE FATTY OILS IN YOUR DIET- ok girls, put down the french fries. Read the backs of labels and try to reduce the amount of oily food you consume. After all, the cliche saying is true that "you are what you eat". If you eat lots of foods high in oils, your skin will produce those same oils in an attempt to rid your body of toxins. Often, people with oily skin are also lacking in the vitamin B2 and so try to eat foods like spinach and chickpeas which have high levels of this vitamin.
What do you do to keep oily skin at bay?