So Slick — How to Rid Oily Skin Goodbye

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Oily skin is the worst.

Whether it’s the shiny glare projected in pictures taken with flash, or the need to have oil-absorbant sheets with you 24/7, keeping up with your skin’s needs can be hard.

Here are some tips on how to manage your oily skin.  

Use an Oil-Free Primer Before Applying Makeup 

Primer plays a crucial role in keeping your skin shine-free when applying makeup. For skin types prone to getting oily, dermatologists recommend using an oil-free primer. Even after hours have passed since initial makeup application, oil-free primer will prevent your face from looking greasy.

A cult-favorite oil-free primer is Smashbox’s Photo Finish Oil & Shine Control Primer.  

Set Your Makeup 

When you apply heavy foundations and concealers to your face, your skin may appear to be shiny after a while. Applying a loose setting powder following your usual facial cosmetic routine will prevent this greasy look from occurring, all while setting your makeup in place.

This lightweight colorless setting powder from Anastasia Beverly Hill will minimize oil and leave you with a perfect matte finish.  

Avoid Wearing Heavy Makeup Daily

Makeup can leave your skin feeling defeated, especially high coverage foundations and concealers. Using these products daily can clog your pores and cause them to produce excess oil. Swap out your usual heavy-duty products for a lightweight BB cream or skin tint.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint will moisturize your skin and even out its tone without the expense of damaging your pores.


It may sound counter-intuitive, but moisturizing daily will keep your skin’s oil production under control. Many people with shiny skin believe they don’t need to hydrate their skin but by skipping this crucial step, their pores are forced to produce more oil.

Farmacy Beauty’s Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer might just be the answer to your problems.

Face Masks Are Your New BFF

A good face mask can solve all your (skincare) problems.

The Cold Plunge Pore Mask by OLEHENRIKSEN is a great treatment to reduce the appearance of pores and conceal oil all day.

PRO TIP: Sephora allows customers to test out face mask samples at home before they decide to splurge on a specific one. Find your face mask soulmate!

Blotting Sheets 

If you have oily skin, blotting sheets should be one of your purse essentials. If you’re feeling extra shiny, try dabbing one of these sheets gently across your T-zone. The sheet will instantly absorb and eliminate the excess oil on your face leaving you with a flawless, matte look. The best part about blotting sheets is that they all work the same, so there is no need to splurge on the expensive brands.

Clean & Clear’s Oil Absorbing Facial Blotting Sheets does the trick every time. 

Have you tried out any of these hacks for oily skin? Tag us on Instagram or Tweet us @VALLEYmag


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