If you have oily skin, you want to hold on to that feeling of freshly cleansed, shine–free skin all day long. Even combination skin has areas that will become shiny and oily by the end of the day. The sebaceous glands in your skin continue producing oil all day and all night — that is their job. So what can you do to maintain a fresh look and feel that lasts until the time when you wash your face at night?
First of all, do not make the mistake of washing your skin with a harsh cleanser at the beginning of the day in hopes that this will keep the oil away for the day. It will only prompt your sebaceous glands to produce even more oil. Stick to an oil–free, soap–free gentle cleanser like the JUARA Rice Facial Cleanser or the Eau Therame Avene Cleanance Soapless Gel Cleanser.
Similarly, do not follow the cleanser with a harsh toner. Rather, use an oil–free moisturizer that contains humectants like hyaluronic acid to keep skin properly hydrated without adding any oil, e.g. JUARA’s Sweet Black Tea & Ginger Mattefying Moisturizer. The trick is to spot-treat your skin for its specific needs. If you have any dry areas, e.g. around the eyes or mouth, dab a slightly richer moisturizer—that does contain oil—on those areas. For particularly oily areas, e.g. your T–zone, use a shine–absorbing lotion like the OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel.
To protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays, apply an oil–free broad–spectrum sunscreen all over your face and neck. Unfortunately, many sunscreens, even oil–free ones, will make skin look and feel oily. Try a sunscreen that is not only oil–free but has a “dry” finish, e.g. Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 55 or Peter Thomas Roth’s Uber Dry Sunscreen SPF 30.
For a flawless, matte finish, apply a mineral face powder foundation with a natural sun protection factor like Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Base Pressed Mineral Powder SPF 20.
Often, despite a meticulous skincare program, skin can start looking oily towards the end of the day. Rather than dusting more powder on top to mattefy your complexion, use an oil-blotting paper first, e.g. Boscia’s Fresh Blotting Linens, and then apply powder afterwards. This will help prevent clogged pores, and the mattefying effect will also last longer.
Yoshiko Roth–Hidalgo, Co–founder, Juara