Do you struggle daily trying to keep your face matte and your makeup in place? Do you identify as someone who has oily or combination skin? If you said yes to either of these questions, you're not alone. Many of us work hard to keep our makeup from sliding off and our faces from gleaming (sometimes only hours into our day).
If you'd like to make your oily T-zone a thing of the past, listen up. Oil control starts with your skin care routine — from cleansers to makeup, it can make a world of difference. Here, we show you some of the best oily skin control products to zap oil from the get-go, as well as how to erase shine the moment it starts to reappear. Try them out and enjoy a seriously matte complexion from day to night.
This gentle toner works wonders for oily and acne-prone skin on the face and body. It contains a blend of AHAs (including mandelic acid) which aids cell turnover to brighten skin, unclog pores, slough off dead cells and fight fine lines. Use it daily to notice a significant decrease in T-zone shine.
Do most moisturizers break you out and leave you shiny? This one won't. Alba Botanica's vegetarian and cruelty-free formula is so lightweight and absorbs to an all-day matte finish. There's no tight or sticky feeling, either. It contains salicylic acid and willowbark extract to fight pimples so your complexion improves the more you use it.
This cream cleanser instantly wakes up your senses and your face with a refreshing eucalyptus and peppermint kick. It contains AHAs to unclog your pores and encourage cell turnover, which ultimately leads to fewer breakouts. It also contains a special blend of botanicals that have an antiseptic effect on the skin, making it less oily. If you are looking to nix shine and get perfectly clean (never stripped) skin, this is a great first step to your skin care routine.
This is a great alternative for those who don't like the heavy look or feel that powder can leave behind. Murad's MattEffect cushion is great for tossing in your purse and getting rid of shine on the go. The sheer, pinkish liquid immediately melds into skin and mattifies on contact thanks to marshmallow powder and French green clay extract. It feels like nothing and doesn't spoil your foundation.