9 Hacks For Keeping Your Face From Getting Shiny, Because We All Need Grease Control

I think everyone on the planet has at some time suffered from a shiny face. Even celebrities like Ellie Goulding admit they deal with shine from time to time, and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Luckily, these nine hacks to keep your face from getting shiny will teach you how to prevent and control grease when you feel some shine coming on.

For me, shine can come on anytime, anywhere, and it often comes when I least expect it. According to Stylecaster, cocktails and spicy food can exacerbate shiny skin because they dilate your blood vessels and therefore cause you to sweat. As a hot sauce addict who enjoys the occasional glass (or two) of wine, I knew I couldn’t avoid those two aspects of my life. So, I had to learn how to keep my face from getting shiny in the first place, then how to fix it if it did get shiny in public.

Luckily, it’s the winter, and you likely deal with shine less than in the summer, when it feels like no matter what you do, your face will end up greasy. But going between the freezing outdoors to overheated buildings can cause you to sweat, and that definitely leads to shine. Here’s how to prevent and control it.

1. Find A Toner You Love

Pixi Glow Tonic, $30, Amazon

This little potion is the first step to combatting shine. It’ll soak up grease and even out skin’s pH, so you’ll get less shiny to begin with.

2. Don’t Choose The Wrong Cleanser

Cetaphil Skin Cleanser , $13, Amazon

Sometimes harsh cleansers can cause your skin to dry out, which leads it to overproduce oil to make up for it. That’s a recipe for a shiny face, so choose something simple and gentle like Cetaphil.

3. Avoid Heavy Overnight Creams

Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Serum , $58, Sephora

These are a little too heavy for people prone to shiny faces. Stick to a hydrating serum, which soaks into your skin more easily.

4. Stick To Oil-Free Lotion

Oil-Free Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 35, $7, Amazon

This is a natural solution to an oily face. Stick to a cleanser that’s marketed as oil-free.

5. Find A Matte Primer

Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer , $33, Sephora

I’m obsessed with my matte primer because it instantly sucks up grease from my face. Gross analogy, I know, but it totally works.

6. Use Oil-Free Or Matte Foundation

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation, $13, Amazon

Again, dewy skin is a good look, but you can achieve it with strategic highlighter. Instead, stick to oil-free face makeup.

7. Carry Powder To-Go

Sunforgettable Loose Mineral Sunscreen , $57, Amazon

I love this product for two reasons. One, it allows me to get a (very important) midday reapplication of SPF and two, it helps tone down shiny skin.

8. Use Blotting Papers

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Papers, $5, Amazon

You knew this would be on here, right? Blotting papers can be your best friend. In a pinch, people swear by Starbucks napkins or (unused) toilet seat covers as an alternative.

9. Don’t Underestimate A Good Face Mask

Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Mask , $33, Nordstrom

Shiny skin is often asking for something, so exfoliating then applying your favorite face mask can be a good way to give skin some TLC when it needs it.

Shiny skin probably isn’t in this past, but with these tips it’ll be a problem you can solve.

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This is an unfortunate but necessary piece of information: Ours is a visual culture and getting your face camera-ready isn’t as easy as it used to be. A frequent enemy? Greasy or oily skin. Here’s how to fix a very natural occurrence without having to obsess over it.

I should know. Whenever I’m readying for a photo, the first thing I do is swipe my forearm across my forehead. It’s second nature, because I’m usually about as shiny as a trophy. I dread flash. It draws attention to my greasy skin by blowing out the forehead in a blob of white or yellow. It’s far from flattering.

If you’re excessively oily or sweaty like me, you could also use a few pointers on how to reduce shine, mainly by minimizing oil production in the first place. Here are seven products I recommend for the matter, each with a different approach on controlling, preventing, or combating grease buildup.

Commit to a Mattifying Moisturizer

Ernest Supplies ProtectiveMatte Moisturizer

Amazon $25 Buy Now

Sometimes, the necessary process of moisturizing can cause you to sweat profusely. If the product is too dense, heavy, and oily, it’s going to aggravate your already greasy situation. Thus, a lightweight, fast-absorbing moisturizer will allow your pores to breathe more easily. Ernest Supplies’ matte moisturizer is exactly this. Its loaded with nutrients to protect and hydrate the skin, without pushing your sebum production into overdrive.

Or, Switch to a Face Oil (Seriously!)

Golden Door essential moisturize complexion

Amazon $60 Buy Now

Believe it or not, the solution to oily skin might be to apply more oil. Really—you can “train” the skin to produce less oil by applying a nutrient-dense oil as a moisturizer. The oil you apply absorbs lightly and quickly (just like a matte moisturizer), and your skin in turn produces less oil because it registers the oily levels of the skin as sufficient. Try Golden Door face oil to nourish and protect the skin with squalene, rose hip oil, and sea buckthorn oil.

Get Acquainted with Toner (and Tonics)

Ursa Major Essential Face Tonic

Amazon $26 Buy Now

If you’re constantly flashed-out in photographs, then you’re also a prime candidate for a skin toner. Many use ingredients like witch hazel to reduce oil production in the skin without drying it out (avoid alcohol-based astringents at all costs, please). Others, like Ursa Major’s 4-in-1 face tonic combine numerous natural ingredients to hydrate and nourish the skin while neutralizing oil and shine. (It’s a good product for an afternoon refresh, or applied before your morning moisturizer.)

Stow a Few Face Wipes

Oars + Alps-Cooling + Cleansing-Wipes

Amazon $18 Buy Now

Sometimes, oil builds up throughout the day but you’re in no position to wash your face, aside from a splash of water in the bathroom. That’s why it’s helpful to stock up on refreshing, skin-toning face wipes that absorb excess grime and oil, while invigorating the face at the same time. Oars + Alps’ Cooling + Cleansing Wipes are packed with ginseng root and caffeine to energize the skin, while blue ice crystals gently exfoliate and cool the skin. In all, you get an on-the-go cleanse and refresh.

Oil-controlling cleanser

Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser

Sephora $23.50 Buy Now

You can also control ongoing oil production with the right cleanser. If you have oily skin, a product like Origins’ Zero Oil deep-pore cleanser helps with heavy-hitting ingredients like salicylic acid and saw palmetto to remove excess face oil, clean and shrink pores, and minimize shine for the rest of the day. It can be a bit harsh on sensitive skin, but normal and oily skin types should be fine.

Do a Weekly Mud Mask

Blue Lagoon Iceland Silica Mask

Amazon $115 Buy Now

Even though they take 10 minutes, masks are the fastest way to extract excess oil—and lots of excess oil. The clay or mud in any mask will soak up all impurities and gunk from the pores, preventing breakouts and reducing shine. Blue Lagoon’s Silica Mud Mask takes ingredients from the famed geothermal waters of Iceland to shrink pores, absorb grease, and give you a reset. Don’t do it more than once a week, though, because your skin can in turn dry out. You need some oil in there to keep yourself hydrated. A weekly deep clean will do you go, so long as you follow with a cleanser and moisturizer.

Invest in a Powder-Based Shine Inhibitor

Lab Power Anti Shine Treatment Ounce

Birchbox $34 Buy Now

You know how, just before an actor or newscaster goes on camera, they powder his or her face? That’s because powder is its own shine reducer; it absorbs sweat and excess oil, and some powder-based creams work in the same manner to reduce shine (and minimize pores). The best one is Lab Series’ Power Pore Anti-Shine and Treatment. Just a sliver of product should suffice for the forehead and nose.

Why Do I Get A Shiny Face?

My skin isn’t oily but I still get a shiny face?

There is a fine balance between glowing skin and a shiny face. One makes you look radiant and healthy. The other makes you look like a glitter ball.

Clients of all genders can complain of a greasy complexion, and this can make the flawless application of foundation challenging, requiring oil blotting paper and anti-shine powders to remove excess oil. These products are all designed to reduce sebum levels and make the skin appear more matte. The likelihood of having a shiny face is higher in all climates if a client has oily skin and an oily T-zone.

However, what if you don’t have oily skin but you still get a shiny face? Is this even possible, or will you always find oil where there is shine?

The answer is that it’s possible to have shiny skin without having an oily complexion. In this article we will explore the possible causes of shiny skin and solutions to help reduce unwanted shininess.

How do I know if I have oily skin?

The first step is to assess the client’s primary skin type. Do they have oily skin? The most accurate way of assessing this is to work with a certified skincare practitioner who can asses the level of oiliness using diagnostic equipment that measures sebaceous activity. A black light tool called a Woods Lamp easily detects sebum levels within the pore, even after cleansing. The results are often surprising, running contrary to first impressions made when examining the skin under a magnifying lamp.

The second method is using oil blotting papers. Press oil blotting papers onto the skin after 30 minutes of cleansing. If you see oil on the sheets then the client has an oilier skin, otherwise they may have more of a dry skin.

This method is obviously not as accurate as a professional skin analysis but it may help determine whether excess sebum is contributing to your client’s shiny face.

What causes shiny skin?

Once you have determined sebum production and ruled it out as a contributing factor to a shiny face. The next stage is to look at the other possible causes.

Secretions – Sebum is not the only substance our skin secretes on to the surface. Sweat is also secreted and along with sebum forms the skins ‘Acid Mantle’. Some people naturally have a warmer complexion. It may be hormonal, medical, emotional (anxiety) or environmental i.e. living in a warmer climate. If the skin “feels” oily, but after accurate skin analysis is found not to “be” oily. Then chances are excess sweat may be part of the problem causing your face to be shiny.

Over-Exfoliation – If, on the other hand, the skin feels dry and / or tight, then exfoliation may be the leading cause. We all know that a little exfoliation can leave us with radiant glowing skin. This is because younger skin cells called keratinocytes naturally reflect light better than older corneocytes. However if you over-exfoliate you compromise the skins natural barrier function. This leads to an increase in trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) and a tight feeling within the epidermis. The combination of light reflective cells, stretched over a smooth surface, makes the skin appear shinier.

How to reduce a shiny face?

Once you’ve established if over-exfoliation is part of the problem. The obvious solution is to reduce how often and what methods you use to exfoliate your skin.

If you’re currently using physical exfoliators including scrubs, wash cloths or ultrasonic cleansing brushes then consider cutting back on these. Switch to an enzyme exfoliating mask once a week. Enzymes are gentler on the skin than abrasive scrubs and brushes.

The latest technological developments in dermatology have led to the creation of a new skin sonic cleansing device. Made by a Swedish company called FOREO, the LUNA has silicone touch points instead of a circular brush. These are proven to be a lot gentler on the skin’s surface and don’t cause any irritation. The deep clean, removes more oil, grime and dirt than washing with hands alone.

Deep exfoliation using a sonic skin cleaning device called LUNA made by industry leaders FOREO

Vitamin A is a key nutrient that helps to regulate skin cell turnover and repair skin barrier function. Using a Retinol serum can help encourage natural desquamation, giving an exfoliating effect without need for skin scrubs. Vitamin A also helps to regulate sebum production, offering benefits whether excess sebum is part of the problem or not.

Educator Aysha Awwad explains, “It’s essential to reduce excess oil in a thick skin with the daily application of a high strength Vitamin A. We recommend using an encapsulated Retinol serum that is a minimum of 4% or higher.”

Avoid over-exfoliation

Aside from giving you a shiny face there is another reason it’s important to avoid over-exfoliation. Aggressively exfoliating the skin on a regular basis causes the natural barrier function to break down. This leads to all sorts of secondary skin concerns. Typically irritated skin will be sensitive, lines and wrinkles may also become more pronounced. More frequently client experience an acne breakout!

The combination of a lack of water in the epidermis affects the skin’s ability to naturally desquamate. This is because the protease enzymes need water to function. So, while you’re exfoliating the skin’s surface, you may be causing a build up of keratinised cells within the follicle. Combined with the lack of sebum secretions on the skins surface, sebum is the primary food source for the P. acnes bacteria. Therefore, if the food supply on the surface of the skin is scarce, the bacteria will migrate towards the pilo-sebaceous duct in search of food. If sebum is broken down in to fatty acids within the follicle, it causes inflammation leading to papules and pustules.

Skin dehydration is linked to poor exfoliation and blocked pores.

It’s now easy to see that exfoliation is a balancing act. Aggravating the skin’s surface with harsh chemicals initiates the cause of greasy skin and even acne. Check out our recent blog post to learn more about how Microdermabrasion compares to using active ingredients in Metabolic Peels that are also “Chirally Correct.”

In most cases, it’s necessary to re-educate clients on the importance of gentle exfoliation. The secret is learning how to do so whilst preserving the integrity of the stratum corneum and its ecosystem. For more information on this, see this CPD accredited article for a simple explanation on how to maintain the integrity of stratum corneum.

Ingredients found in skincare can be damaging and result in causing excess oiliness

Acne and Skin Shine

Clients with acne can easily get into a vicious cycle. They rely on foundation to cover breakouts, and that foundation results in poor skin health. For these clients, it is vital to avoid using liquid foundations that are made with irritating ingredients. Because these aggravate and lead to oiliness and shine. Two key irritating and cosmogenic ingredients to look out for are Butyl Stearate and Oleyl Alcohol. Fortunately, many company have developed makeup that’s safe for all skin types and anti-cosmogenic.

A far better alternative to regular liquid foundations is a 100% mineral and organic makeup. The formulation is free from any irritant including talc. Typically the sunscreen rating is around SPF 28. Australian made mineral makeup Inika is a superior quality product and is sold worldwide.

Inspire Your Clients

Advanced Practitioners can help their clients with achieving significant improvements. Learn from the MB Institute how to successfully treat shiny skin using a combination of unique homecare and treatments made with active ingredients.

We provide training that enhances the confidence and treatment abilities of skin care professionals. Gain expert knowledge and become certified in a skin analysis method using the Medico Beauty 7 Point System, and learn how to successfully diagnose the root causes of skin problems and create an effective treatment plan.

If you wish to learn more or enquire about advanced skin training in the safe use of Metabolic Peels, contact us to speak with a representative about how training can help you T: 0844 855 2499 or email .

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The Surprising Way to Make Your Face Less Shiny

Even on those days when we can’t be bothered to do our hair and makeup, we would never, ever leave the house without deodorant. But for a product we thought we understood, it’s surprised us not once, but twice. First, we found out that we were applying it all wrong. Now we hear that we can put it on our face. Innnteresting. Here’s what’s up.

What you need: A stick of deodorant. (Please say you’ve got at least one.)

What you do: Dab a bit onto your index and middle fingers and apply the deodorant on your cheekbones and T-zone (you know, your forehead and nose area) to prevent shine.

Why it works: Deodorant–which works wonders to keep your armpits nice and dry–has a similarly mattifying effect on the parts of your face that are most prone to looking oily. On top of that, if you’re using a natural blend, it could contain mineral salts that can help dry out zits and minimize breakouts.

And hey, now you can save money on those pesky blotting papers that always end up at the bottom of your purse.

This article is originally from PureWow.

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When you have a shine on your face, it is caused by excess oil on the surface of the skin. Individuals with a shiny face usually either have oily skin or combination skin, where the T-zone has excess oil. Instead of using expensive products to combat a shiny face, you can use home remedies to control the amount of oil on the skin.

Blotting Papers

According to the website Beyond Jane, you can use blotting papers to soak up excess oil on the face that may appear during the day. You can find them at most drugstores. Keep the blotting papers on hand to use when you notice a shine. The papers are especially helpful at controlling shine on hot and humid weather days.


Apply a light coating of a mineral-based powder to the face when needed. The powder can soak up the oil causing the shine without clogging the pores and leading to breakouts. Apply only a thin layer of powder to avoid a caked-on look. “The Doctors Book of Home Remedies” advises that you can also you baby powder.

Lemon Juice

The Mama Herb website recommends a remedy with lemon juice to combat oily skin on the face. According to Mama Herb, the vitamin C in the lemon juice will clear up the excess oil. To make the solution, combine eight drops of lemon juice with 2 tsp. of tumeric powder. It will create a paste that you apply directly to the shiny areas of the face. Leave the solution in place for approximately 20 minutes before rinsing completely off and applying makeup as you normally would. Do this once a day for a week, which should take care of your oily skin.

Hot Water

The “Doctors Book of Home Remedies” states that hot water is a good solvent for oily skin. When you wash the face, use plenty of very warm water. You may wash your face frequently, since this increased exposure to water dries out the skin. When cleansing the face, do not use emollients. Instead use soaps since they have a tendency to dry out the skin.

Use an Astringent

After washing your face, follow up with applying an astringent. You can buy astringents at the store, or you can simply use rubbing alcohol, according to “The Doctors Book of Home Remedies.” Witch hazel is also an option, and it is milder than regular rubbing alcohol.

Tips For Shine Elimination When Applying Makeup

When you’re trying to apply makeup to your face properly, few things can be more frustrating than looking like a shiny, oily mess after a few hours. Fortunately, using a few different products in your routine can do wonders to make that unpleasant shine on your face go away. If you want to achieve a beautiful and matte look for your complexion, these helpful tips can come in extremely handy for you.

The first rule of thumb is to use a finishing powder. You can apply a product like Ben Nye Banana Powder to your face. This luxury finishing powder is finely milled and soft. If you want to even out the look of your skin and get rid of pesky shine without the risk of pore clogging, a light coating of this powder can do the trick. Finishing powder can also be terrific for giving your skin tone a nice and subtle boost.
Cream formulas can also often be effective at doing away with excess shine on the face. If you want to kiss shine away with makeup, use Nurturing Force Blot Out Offensive, which is an HD (high definition) foundation primer that’s immediately mattifying. If you want to reduce and eliminate oil on your skin, apply this cream below your powder foundation, liquid foundation or mineral makeup. You can also choose to wear it on its own. This product is terrific for mattifying the complexion and also for making it appear nice and even. If you worry about shine and about roughness of skin texture, this primer is a superb makeup product. It can also reduce the appearance of pore size and make acne scarring, blemishes and fine lines appear markedly less noticeable.
If you want to get rid of unsightly oil on your face, you don’t necessarily have to rely on actual makeup products. Beauty products such as facial blotters can also go a very long way in the quest of attaining a nice and matte skin look. Use a product such as Andrea Face Q’s Fresh-Ups Linen Facial Blotters. These facial blotters can soak up surplus oil and leave your skin looking and feeling devoid of shine and fabulous all day long. Although these blotters are great for removing shine from the skin, they never extract vital moisture from the skin — a serious plus. The last thing you need is a parched and dehydrated complexion, after all. Using this product is extremely easy. Get rid of shine on your face by softly dabbing oil-prone parts with a single blotter at a time. Voila! The convenient blotter has eliminated oil that can cause acne and pore clogging of your skin in a jiffy.
A nice finishing spray can also be terrific at keeping shine on your face at bay. If you want shine far, far away from your face at all times, apply a nice oil control product such as Skindinavia Finishing Spray. This lightweight mist not only is wonderful for keeping makeup on, but it’s also wonderful for managing shine and maintaining a lovely and clean matte look for hours at a time. When you wear this finishing spray, you don’t have to blot your complexion as often. You also don’t have to touch up your makeup as frequently.
Staying shine-free and wonderful can be a relatively simple and basic task when you have good quality makeup products readily available to you. Farewell, shine! You’re definitely not wanted anywhere.

We all land on different ends of the spectrum when it comes to skin—few striking that perfect combination. Some suffer from dryness, struggling to keep their whole face or specific patches hydrated and free from flakes. Others err on the side of greasy. If your forehead is prone to extra oil, then you’re conscious of the matter. Your skin can look slick and shiny at the end of the day

It’s not detrimental to your skin health. On the contrary, the added sebum can actually help protect against pollutants and minimize the appearance of wrinkles (essentially natural anti-aging). But the accumulation of grease can be annoying as hell. You have to wipe it constantly throughout the day, and your forehead can reflect light in photographs.

How do you remedy this? There’s no need to cover your brow or go crazy with a harsh grooming protocol (washing your face too often can actually trigger your skin to produce more oil). Tend to your skin with the right products and regimen.

Here are six things to help minimize oil buildup and shine.

1. Use a Toner

Toner should be your first attempt at managing oil production. It works to balance the pH levels of your skin, while removing excess dirt or grime from the pores that your cleanser may have missed. Toner should be applied after cleansing, but before any serum and moisturizer. Avoid any alcohol-based toners and astringents, in favor of something with cooling herbal ingredients. These will neutralize oil without over-drying and irritating the skin. Witch hazel is a much-touted toner, too, and helps balance pH levels effectively, though you should discontinue if you notice any dryness or redness. (It’s not likely, but pay attention.)

2. Try a Mattifying Primer After Moisturizing

Once you’ve applied your moisturizer, you can add a lightweight coat of mattifying primer atop the skin. It comes as a liquid that dissolves into a powder-like substance. (Or, you can simply pat some anti-shine powder* on your forehead, too, like they do on movie sets to help prevent the actors from radiating like traffic lights.) This invisible layer will absorb excess oil throughout the day, preventing the buildup of grime and shine. Most of them also mask the appearance of enlarged pores, giving you a matte, smooth complexion.

3. Wear Lightweight, Oil-Free Moisturizers

Another aggravator of shine is when you coat the skin with excessively dense creams and lotions. This suffocates the pores, and you end up sweating or glistening more than you otherwise would. That’s why you should stick with lighter creams that absorb quickly and don’t add any excess oil to your forehead. Oil-free products will proudly announce themselves to you on their packaging. And it’s not that some oils are bad as a skincare ingredient. They make excellent moisturizers for dry and “normal” types of skin, but are a bit excessive when you’re already prone to excessive oil.
Try this: Boscia Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer

4. Consider Mattifying, Tinted Moisturizers

Another option for your moisturizer is a tinted, mattified option. Not only will this work to even out any inconsistencies in your complexion (by neutralizing redness, lightness, or dark spots), they also often come with SPF. The same drill applies as above, however, look for lightweight, oil-free options that won’t aggravate your sebum production or block your pores. While you’re browsing for tinted moisturizers, note that you might see them listed as “BB Creams”—a.k.a. “blemish balms”—so be sure to browse those options, too.
Try this: La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Cream for Oily Skin, SPF 20

5. Keep Blotting Papers in Your Bag or Backpack

Remember how some people used to pat their greasy pizza with a napkin? While their gesture was pointless, it did make the pizza appear less greasy. And that’s what blotting papers do for your forehead. Only they aren’t napkins: These tote-able papers soak up the oil and instantly remedy the situation, leaving no product or residue behind.

Try this: Sephora Mattifying Blotting Films

6. Cleanse More Frequently, and More Gently

There are two ways to combat oily skin via cleansing: Logic would tell you to use a cleanser for oily skin, something with salicylic acid to help keep your pores clear. And that’s the truth. However, while that’s a good solution for people with oily skin, it doesn’t mean that they should cleanse with that heavier-duty product multiple times a day. (Just once will suffice.)

If you want to wash your face an extra time or two midday—like after a workout, or just because you’re just getting glossy—then swap in something a little gentler, sans oil, to compensate for the fact you’re washing more than most people.

Try this: CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

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