When it comes to skin, there is a thin line between glowing and shining! While flaunting a rosy glow can make you look fresh as a daisy, shiny skin can make you look like a sweaty grease ball. If you’ve noticed, your skin often tends to get shinier as the day passes. That’s because a high amount of sebum is secreted by your sebaceous glands, turning your skin from glistening to greasy.

So, what exactly makes your skin look oh-so-shiny, you ask? Your pores naturally release oils that prevent your skin from drying out. But when the oils mix with your foundation, you end up looking overly shiny. And do you know what makes it worse? Oily skin! Imagine, sebum and sweat together pulling your makeup game down? *aaarrrgghh* The struggle is REAL!

To help combat excess shine, here are 5 fool-proof tips you need to keep in mind.

 

Switch your cleanser

Switch your cleanser

Avoid detergent or oil-based formulas when it comes to cleansers. You don’t want to use anything harsh that’ll only increase your oily skin woes. Opt for gentle foaming formulas such as the Pond’s Flawless White Deep Whitening Facial Foam. This cleanser helps get rid of oil and dirt, unclogs pores, washes off dead cells and leaves your skin looking more youthful.

Oily and over-shiny skin can cause more trouble when you have acne-prone skin. In that case, to prevent breakouts, we suggest you use the Pond’s Pimple Clear Face Wash, which not only targets pimples at its root, but also fights oil.

 

Choose a non-oily moisturiser

Choose a non-oily moisturiser

Just because your skin is a little too shiny, does not mean you skip moisturiser altogether. Hydrating regularly is the key to healthy skin. However, use a super light, non-oily moisturiser such as the Pond’s Super Light Gel Oil Free Moisturiser. It is infused with hyaluronic acid that makes your skin soft and locks in moisture, and its non-oily formula keeps oiliness and stickiness at bay. Win-win!

 

Face masks to the rescue

Face masks to the rescue

Did you know homemade clay masks could be your best bet when it comes to drawing out impurities and keeping excess oil under control? Therefore, commit to masking at least twice a week. You can also make your own basic mask at home by using easily-available ingredients from your kitchen such as a mix of rose water, glycerin and lemon or a milk and lemon mixture. If you have acne-prone skin, then a sulfur mask is ideal for you as it’ll help clear pimples and unclog pores.

 

Never skip primer

Never skip primer

If you don’t want excess shine to break your look, then never ever skip primer. Mattifying primers such as the Lakmé Absolute Under Cover Gel Primer will not only reduce the appearance of fine lines and make your makeup last all day, but also control oil. Therefore, after moisturising your skin, reach for your primer before you layer on multiple products.

 

Blot away

Blot away

If you have shine-prone skin, then it’s best to keep blotting papers handy. As soon as you notice shine, instantly dab (not rub) away oil with blotting sheets. The best part about using blotting papers is that it does not move your makeup at all. It can be your best on-the-go hack for banishing shine!