Monday, October 09, 2006

We all shine on...

Most of us assume that once we're no longer teenagers, we won't have to deal with oily skin. Sadly, this is not the case for many people in their 20's and early 30's. Stress, hormonal changes and bad sleeping and eating habits (hello college) only exacerbate the problem. And when you're getting ready for a big event, whether it's a first date, job interview or presentation, you don't want your shiny skin to distract from how great you look. Here are a few products that get the job done and will keep you shine-free all day:

Clean & Clear Instant Oil-Absorbing Sheets

These work extremely well and are gender neutral, so guys don't have to feel weird having a pack of these in their pocket. Any time you want your skin to be completely matte, press one of these all over your face. If you're a woman, it's best to use them before putting powder on, and it'll make your makeup last all day. There are lots of blotting papers on the market but these are the cheapest and most effective (they're also available at every drugstore).

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Face Cream SPF 50 50ml/1.7oz

Wearing sunscreen every day is essential for anyone who wants to prevent aging and avoid skin cancer. Shiseido's line of sunscreens are the most effective available in the States AND they are amazing mattifyers. Putting this on in the morning will protect you from UVA and UVB rays and keep your skin from producing oil for most of the day. It is on the expensive side, but if you're going to splurge on any beauty product, sunscreen should be it.

Clinique Day Care - Pore minimizer T-Zone Shine Control 15ml/0.5oz

Good to use in the morning after moisturizing your face, not as effective as the Shiseido sunscreen, but will keep you shine-free for at least a few hours. A little bit goes a long way and the price is reasonable for what you get.

Mac Blot Powder (pressed)


Hands down, the best powder on the market for oily skin. Using it after blotting sheets will set your makeup and give your skin a beautiful finish. It comes with a small puff, so you don't have to worry about the compact taking up too much space in your purse.

These are a few of my favorite products for combating shiny skin, but if you're in a crunch, you can always go to the bathroom, fold a kleenex into a square and press it all over your face. This will absorb oil for at least a short time.

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