When I was a shiny-faced teenager, my tricks for combating an oily T-zone included a daily regimen of Noxzema, Sea Breeze, CoverGirl pressed powder, and, in moments of desperation, a brown paper bag. (I don’t recommend any of these, btw.) Although my oily skin has subsided with age, it still makes an appearance in late summer when the dew point reaches an all-time high. Thankfully, shine-fighting formulas have come a long way in the past decade. Here are the ones I keep in my arsenal:
Arcona Magic White Ice: Although the tendency is to strip skin of oil (ala Seabreeze), by withholding moisture you’ll actually cause skin to overcompensate and produce even MORE oil. Instead, opt for a lightweight, oil-free hydrator that helps balance your complexion. This 100 percent natural, antioxidant-rich one is my favorite.
Miracle Skin Transformer SPF 20: They aren’t kidding about the miracle. A primer, hydrator, skin-perfector, and mattifier all in one tube. You can layer for more coverage, but I like to top with a dusting of bronzer.
Shu Uemura Under Base Mousse SPF 30: Sensitive and prone to breakouts? This majorly mattifying tinted primer and sunblock will keep oil at bay for hours without irritating skin or clogging pores. Love the extra sun protection.
Tatcha Aburatorigami: Even the best-laid plans might require a touch up here and there. These traditional Japanese blotting papers mop up oil without casting a white complexion or disturbing makeup. They also look pretty when you pull them out of your handbag.
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