I wish my friends or random strangers will stop me and tell me, “Wow! Your skin is glowing and you look amazing!” But in reality, my face looks like I’ve been working in the kitchen of KFC. My greasy T-zone has summer to thank for and I constantly have a mini mirror and trusty Fenty Invisimatte ( but my foundation can look a little cakey after use…) in my bag so that I can save my face in case of embarrassment.
I interviewed beauty editors and skin experts to lay my hands on 5 oily skin rescuers to help me improve the shine and maintain a matte soft look all day long.
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Erno Laszlo Oil-Controlling Face Powder
“Formulated to tackle and control dreaded t-zone shine with its triple-milled formula, Erno Laszlo Oil-Controlling Face Powder gives a long-lasting matte and soft appearance,” says Kimberly, a makeup artist with 15 years experience. “I love to wear it during summer as it helps to hide my pores very well too!” Kimberly also shared that this powder is often sold out so she usually purchases half a dozen when she is left with 2.
Chái Oxygen Facial
“Oxygen is proven to stimulate the body’s natural healing function, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and stimulates collagen product,” says Dr Low Chai Ling, founder of SW1 clinic. “When you do clinical oxygen treatments like O2Blush to treat fatigued, dull oily skin, your skin will look like it’s glowing healthily from the inside.”
Even if you don’t have the extra time to visit a spa, you can get a similar result with at-home products like the Chái Oxygen Facial specially formulated by Dr Low. This product infuses lacklustre skin with oxygen along with vital peptides, vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids. Watch those oxygen bubbles dissipates into your skin within minutes, your skin will thank you for the new breath of life.
Fresh Umbrian clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant
Proven to mattify skin, Fresh Umbrian clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant contains Fresh’s signature Umbrian Clay which contains a high-mineral content that works to neutralise acidity, absorb oil, and refine the appearance of pores, purifying the complexion. Combined with bamboo and olive for a gentle polish to remove skin-dulling dead skin cells, the addition of meadowsweet extract helps to calm overzealous oil glands. Your skin will be more balanced and look smoother, brighter, clarified, and more supple skin.
Umbrian clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant £30, Fresh.com
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Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30
“I suffered from acne and oily skin for as long as I remembered till 2 years ago when I was recommended to use Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer,” says Victoria Thomas, 27 year old Accountant. “I was not having high hopes due to the super affordable price but I am glad I took a leap of faith.”
With a long 70 years of dermatologist developed and tested skin care products, Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer was formulated specifically for acne-prone skin to maintain sebum secretion with a matte finish. Non-comedogenic, oil-free and fragrance-free, this gentle moisturiser works well with acne medications as well as a SPF 30 protection.
Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 USD$19.99, Fresh.com
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Deep Deep Clean
Deep Deep Clean transforms your skin with a much-needed spring cleaning with ultrasonic deep cleansing and crystal microdermabrasion to purge exisiting dead skin, dirt, oil. Depending on your skin concern, you can choose a oil control wrap (whitening or hyaluronic acid wrap are also available) to soothe troubled skin and put back the balance for shiny complexions.