Guest Post by Ashley Bergin
In the world of makeup, there’s a list of hyped up words currently circulating that’ll cause cringe for any oily-skinned girl. Think hashtags such as: Luminous, Glowy, Reflective, Prism, Creamy, Radiant, and the atrocious “Dewy Dumpling”. For those of us who fight tooth and nail to prevent shine, we can’t imagine purposely applying makeup that appears to amp up oil levels!
Many popular products sprawled all over social media actually contain ingredients that can spell disaster for acne prone skin. Let’s take a look at some…
Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrushed Finish Powder
The main ingredients are Talc, Mica and Dimethicone! These are 3 very unfriendly ingredients for oily, acne prone skin.
Talc and Dimethicone create a thick paste that clogs pores, the effects of which are intensified if the user has oily skin. Mica only adds shine to the skin, and should be reserved for eyeshadow and appropriately placed highlighters. In addition, this powder contains Rosa Multiflora Flower Wax. While we give them props for using a plant-derived ingredient, it’s still a rubbery wax that’s likely to clog pores.
When freshly applied, this powder looked nice and had even coverage, but it didn’t control shine for more than an hour. At a price point of $34, it seems like a whole lot to pay for burying your skin in less than stellar ingredients.
La Mer’s “The Powder”
Nestled among some unpronounceable synthetics, along with a few high-quality natural ingredients, we find the same offenders: Dimethicone and Mica. Plus, I can’t really figure out why such a pricey brand would add synthetic colors like Red 7, Red 30 and Yellow 5.
I actually sampled some of this at Nordstrom’s, wanting to find if it would truly provide the flawless finish it promises. Admittedly, it felt silky and gave me a poreless finish, but this was oh-so-temporary. I was wearing my usual water-based Dinair foundation, but skipped powder so I could see the genuine effect of La Mer’s brand. After I used the sample, I wandered around the store, browsing and trying on some shoes. Around 2 hours later, I checked my complexion in a dressing room mirror and was disappointed to see oily breakthrough and ACCENTUATED pores! I’ve used drugstore Cover Girl Powder that has a longer lasting finish than this bizarrely expensive product.
Thanks to Instagram, the “dewy dumpling” look (using La Mer’s Powder) is trending, which is horrifying to those with oily skin. There’s a fine line between spot-highlighting for a slight glow, and covering your entire complexion in a powder that coats you in shine, yet does nothing to control oil. All for $110 no less! Let’s leave this one for the dry skinned ladies.
We’re not just here to target overpriced powders...there are also drugstore brands and lower cost items that underperform.
E.L.F. Mineral Pearls and Halo Glow Setting Powders
While I'm a fan of quite a few E.L.F. products, these two powders were some of the worst for I ever tried on my oily skin. Not only do they have zero oil-control, they add an unwanted sheen to the complexion. These are especially bad to use when you might be photographed, as they contain mica, which reflects light and adds shine.
Mica can also clog pores, or at the very least it settles into pores and fine lines, massively accentuating them. While the Halo Glow Powder may appear unsuspecting, it contains a LOT of mica that becomes visible after application. In addition, these products both contain bismuth oxychloride, which can cause intense itching on oily skin.
While it’s obvious why schools want to de-emphasize the importance of physical appearance, what about the thousands of teens who struggle with skin problems such as oily skin and acne breakouts?
In so many scenarios, bullying begins because girls blessed with good looks feel the need to belittle girls who are faced with the completely normal cycle of hormonal skin changes. It's a sad but true fact that looks impact how we are viewed by our peers.
For added dimension, you can also smudge some brown liner or shadow on the outer 1/3 your lower lash line. This works especially well for girls who wear glasses, and prevents eyes from “disappearing” behind lenses. You can also add a tiny dot of white or nude shimmer to inner corners, to help small eyes look larger and brighter.
After the brown shadow is in place, curl lashes and use just 1 coat of waterproof mascara, which will hold curl all day. Be sure to use a lash comb to remove any telltale clumps. This is a simple and virtually makeup-free way to help your eyes stand out!
Makeup setting sprays are clear and light-weight, so nobody will know your secret. Try Urban Decay’s All Nighter or NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray. Close your eyes and mist your face after all of your makeup has been applied, following the chart below.
These are an absolute must if you have oily skin, because sebum breaks down the chemical composition of makeup. Setting spray slows the process, allowing you 3x longer wear, without smudging or color transfer.
Ashley Bergin is a blogger for HUB pages and a guest writer for many other sites. Her highlights include: DIY home and garden projects, health & beauty, venue reviews, and recipe ideas. She swears by the Mattify Cosmetics product line, which she credits for transforming her oily acne prone skin into a fresh new complexion.
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Q: Why does oily skin become dehydrated & dry during seasonal changes?
Change of seasons can wreak havoc on the skin. How many times have you had an influx in breakouts during the shift from summer to fall, or from winter to spring? It’s a fairly common occurrence, but can be prevented by switching up a few steps in your skincare routine.
If oily skin has you dead-set against using any type moisturizer during the day, at least moisturize overnight. Alternately, a moisturizing mask can be used 1-2 times weekly. Try the RE:P Bio Fresh Herbal Mask by Soko Glam. It contains all natural ingredients and provides a soothing dose of moisture for irritated, acne prone skin.
In 2018, Mattify! Cosmetics will be introducing their NEW Mask Bar, with natural ingredients designed to pamper acne prone, oily skin!
Following these simple steps can make all the difference between irritated breakout-prone winter skin, and fresh glowing skin!
To amp up your glow another notch, apply Mattify’s Powder Highlighter onto cupid’s bow, tip of nose, upper cheekbones, and under brows!
People tend to think of a direct, immediate impact between bad eating habits and bad skin – for example, many believe that eating greasy food will literally cause oily skin.
The reality is a bit more complicated. Here’s what actually happens: Unhealthy food choices such as greasy fast food, sugar, soda, white bread etc., cause the blood to become highly acidic over time, which peaks the inflammation response.
The waxy component of sebum that’s responsible for pore clogs is called Squalene Peroxide. Increasing Vitamin C intake prevents Squalene from oxidizing, thereby helping to prevent blackheads and acne breakouts. Apple, Pear, and Lemon provide skin-brightening Vitamin C, while Celery detoxifies the blood to release any toxins that may be lurking. Fresh Ginger amps up circulation – for a heightened natural glow.
A great way to start your day, every day! The green foods and apple cider vinegar in this recipe balance pH levels to fight inflammation. Cucumber decreases water retention, while banana adds potassium in case you’ve been having a little too much fun at the bar! When potassium levels dip (infamously caused by alcohol consumption), your skin can become dry – and begins producing excess oil to compensate.
This is a fantastic smoothie to drink if you’ve over-done it with junk food and carbs. After making a slew of bad dietary choices, your body probably feels inflamed, puffy, and sluggish. Drink this to flush away retained water and neutralize pH level, bringing everything back into balance.
This combination of fruits & veggies is packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, antioxidants and probiotics helps quell skin inflammation to reduce redness and puffiness surrounding breakouts. Drink several times weekly to discourage breakouts altogether!
# 2) Matte foundation is the only way to go when you have oily skin. If you're looking for light coverage oil-absorbent foundation, try Mattify's Tinted Powder Foundation for Oily Skin. Those who prefer extra coverage should look for an oil-free waterproof foundation, which will be long lasting - even in hot, humid weather. Regardless which type you select, don't forget to set it into place with oil-absorbent ULTRA Powder!
# 3) Blush is a must to complete your look. Mattify's Long Lasting Matte Blush absorbs oil and provides a silky pop of color that lasts all day. Those with oily skin should always opt for matte blush, as shiny mica-based blush can make pores look larger, causing skin texture to appear uneven. If highlighter is used, stick to using it only on cupid's bow, tip of nose, under brows, and on inner corners of eyes - never on cheeks or over blush.
You've probably been told repeatedly that you need to moisturize oily skin - but why? Check out this article by Punkmarkgirl on Hub Pages Bellatory to discover why moisturizer is important, and find the best / worst ingredients in moisturizer for oily skin and acne prone skin! The Best Types of Moisturizer for Oily, Acne Prone Skin