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How To: Prevent Shiny Skin

There’s a fine line between dewy skin and gross, shiny skin. We’ve all fallen victim to the latter at one time or another (often with photographic evidence to prove it…darn flash!). Whether your complexion is comparable to an oil slick or you just have the occasional sheen, here are the measures you can take to do away with shine once and for all.

Prep: One Love Organics Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser

If you’re suffering from overly oily skin, the problem could be your cleanser. Harsh, sulfate-based cleansers can strip the skin of its protective barrier, causing oil production to kick into overdrive. Switch to a milder formula like One Love Organics Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser, which uses a trio of gentle botanicals that won’t dry your skin out.

Hydrate: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion

It’s a myth that if you have naturally oily or combination skin, you don’t need to moisturize. But if you do fall into either of those categories, it’s important to select a moisturizer that won’t pile on the shine. Our pick: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion, which is exceptionally lightweight and sinks right in. Plus, it has an innovative skin conditioner that helps keep oil levels in check and reduce shine.

Layer: Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel

When it comes to prevention, we’ve never seen anything stop shine in its tracks quite like Peter Thomas Roth’s Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel. The formula includes polysilicone-II, which absorbs excess oil and perspiration and leaves a lasting, satiny finish. Apply it post-moisturizer, foundation, or sunblock to keep your other products from doing the slip ’n’ slide.

Finishing Touch: colorescience pro® sunforgettable® Mineral Sun Protection Powder Brush SPF 30

If you’ve gone through your whole skincare and makeup routine, and you’re still too shiny for your liking, turn to a powder. Colorescience pro®’s sunforgettable® Mineral Sun Protection Powder Brush SPF 30 conveniently comes with a brush applicator and leaves skin perfectly matte.

Troubleshoot: Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens

Sometimes, try as you might, you still end up with that dreaded sheen. Don’t layer on extra powder because you run the risk of looking cakey. We keep a set of boscia’s Green Tea Blotting Linens on hand for quick touch-ups; they’re all-natural, super-absorbent, and won’t smear makeup.

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