Unwarranted shine and large pores can be a headache to deal with! In a hot and humid place like Malaysia, our skin tends to produce more oil because the weather can actually expand the pores. To keep your sebum levels in control, check out these five skincare products praised by many oily-skinned women.
Cleanser: COSRX Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser
This gentle facial cleanser doesn’t strip your face of its natural oils, because in doing so, your face will produce more oils that will result in more shine. The COSRX low-pH Good Morning cleanser contains tea tree oil, green tea, citric acid, and botanicals that will leave your skin feeling extra fresh. The ingredients balance out the moisture level of your skin while removing impurities and excess sebum.
Toner: Thayers Witch Hazel Toner
The key ingredient in this toner is witch hazel, an astringent that helps fight inflammation and infection, reduce the appearance of pores, and protect the skin against damages. It removes excess oil and cleanses the skin from dirt trapped inside the pores. Thayers Witch Hazel toner is available in several versions: Original, Unscented, Lavender, Cucumber, Coconut Water, and their best-selling version, Rose Petal.
Serum: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
As one of the best-sellers from this Canadian skincare brand, this serum contains active ingredients that will help reduce blemishes, redness, and oiliness. Niacinamide, or vitamin B3, is effective in soothing the skin while the zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid balances out the natural oils of the skin and removes excess sebum. It’s recommended to pair this The Ordinary serum with salicylic acid if you have more acne-prone skin.
Moisturizer: Clinique Moisture Surge
A common misconception about skincare for oily skin is to avoid products meant to introduce moisture to the skin. While these products are highly beneficial for those with dry skin, they can also do wonders for skin with extra shine. The Clinique Moisture Surge provides hydration for up to 72 hours. It will keep the oil levels balanced which is an important factor for those with combination skin (oily T-zone, dry everywhere else).
Primer: 3CE Back to Baby Pore Velvet Primer
A good primer is key to putting on makeup that won’t slide off your oily skin. The 3CE Back to Baby Pore Velvet Primer instantly smooths and mattifies the skin without blocking your pores. It’s a more affordable alternative to the cult favorite, Benefit POREfessional. This primer will keep the shine in check and helps your makeup stay on for longer. Aside from that, this primer also keeps the skin balanced and hydrated.
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