For as long as I can remember, I have had an oily t-zone. This means that excess oil is produced in the center of my forehead, around my nose and on my chin. This is problematic for several reasons. First, this shiny-shiny look is not attractive. Second, it creates problems when I'm trying to get my makeup to cooperate and stay put all day. Finally, it can break out my skin.
I have tried all kinds of remedies for my oily skin, oil absorbing sheets, toners, powders, gels, oil cleansers, clay masks, etc. and the list goes on and on. We hear from clients all the time that they also struggle with oily skin. About half of the people we work with have oily skin. That's a lot of people!
So I wanted to share with you some of our tips and tricks for helping eliminate the excess oil.
Tip #1 Diet!
Our diet is our #1 most important factor in the excess production of oil. By eliminating certain foods from my diet I was able to identify one particular protein bar that was making my skin extremely oily. For me personally, Quest Bars were making my oily skin worse! Write down the foods you eat most often or daily and play with taking them out of your diet for a week to see if the oil production decreases.
Tip #2 Tissue
My second helpful oily skin tip is to use regular old tissue paper to blot your skin. No need to purchase fancy oil-absorbing paper, regular tissue works just fine. I have gotten in the habit of blotting when I visit the ladies room to lessen the build up of oil on my skin. Works like a charm. Remember to blot instead of wipe.
Tip #3 OC Eight Mattifying Gel
OC Eight Mattifying Gel is a gel you put on your skin before you apply your makeup. You put a thin layer on the areas that become oily for you. I notice a big difference when I use this gel. But just a warning, if you are still eating foods that make you produce more oil, this gel will not work! So revisit tip #1.
Tip #4 Translucent or Light Setting Powder
For what it's worth, every esthetician I have ever worked with tells me I will be thankful for the extra oil in the mature years of life because the oil is like a built in moisturizer, helping your skin age more gracefully. So that's it ladies and gents, it's a love/hate relationship with your oily skin, but you can learn to love it!
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