Gimme Five Friday – Oily Skin Tips!

If you are new to my blog, hi! Leslie here 🙂

I have very oily skin. Like, my obsession with highlighters is completely pointless because by noon I already have that ‘from within’ dew that you can buy from Sephora. But oily skin, while I have learned to embrace it, is a challenge to accept and deal with. Keep reading for five oily skin tips that have really turned my skin around!

1 – Don’t over wash your face

In my teens, I longed for that squeaky clean face. The type of face wash that left my face dry, squeaky, and tight. That was clean to me. I thought for sure that would rid myself of all the oil. NOPE. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Using harsh cleansers, and ones that strip all your natural oils away so much that you actually have “squeaky clean” skin will cause your skin to freak out and try to correct itself. It is irritated, and produced extra oil- which can also lead to clogged pores and breakouts.

It may take some trial and error (and some places may offer samples), but find a cleanser that will leave your skin feeling SOFT- not squeaky. My all time favorite is the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser, but I realize that is a little pricey for a cleanser.

I also recently picked up (and by recently, I literally mean TODAY..haha) the cleanser Herbalism from Lush. I’ve tried a sample before so I knew that it was AMAZING. It leaves my skin feeling so clean and soft, and it is formulated for troubled skin. LURVE. And highly recommend.

Basically – choose things that are gentle or for sensitive skin. If you veer towards cleansers that are specifically for acne or oily skin, they are likely to be too harsh. You don’t need your cleanser to really do anything other than cleanse.

2 – And stay away from alcohol

Ok, relax. I mean in your skin care! It is mostly an issue in toners and mattifiers geared towards oily skin, because it DOES suck up all the oil. But it can actually enlarge your pores, increasing oil production and breakouts. Paula’s Choice has a great, more in depth article about alcohol in skincare, good vs bad!


Your oily skin is dehydrated and overcompensating. This is the hardest thing to grasp your head around with oily skin. You need to put moisture and oil back into your skin so that it doesn’t need to produce so much. Sure- you’ll never completely normalize it’s behavior. but mine has gotten SO much better!

There are so many different types of moisturizers and some work like a dream for oily skin. Be very conscious of ingredients and choose only oil-free, lightweight moisturizers for daytime to start if you are hesitant. After some time you amy start to learn what oils your skin actually works well with! And if you are not new to my blog you know I love oil as a PM moisturizer for oily skin!

4 – Opt for lighter foundations

If you choose a super heavy, full coverage foundation, it can look a hot damn mess once it combines with all your oils. The thinner the layers of product the better. I don’t prefer full coverage, but NARS All Day Luminous is super lightweight and provides a very full coverage finish. I don’t find that it gets nasty at all with my god given dew.

Another GREAT pick for coverage for the oilier gals is powder foundation. I raved about the bareMinerals barePro recently. Powder foundations will help to soak up any extra oil throughout the day, while providing coverage where you need it.


5 – Prepare for mid day dew

Inevitably, you will get shiny. So stay prepared! I keep blotting sheets with me (but you can always blot with a tissue in a pinch!), a colored powder for any loss of coverage, and a translucent powder.


literally pulled from my purse

The Maybelline Better Skin is a great purse powder for touch ups, because it doesn’t seem to cake when applying over what’s already there. AND HOW CUTE IS THAT CAT POWDER COMPACT? The Tony Moly Cats Wink Clear Pact is an adorable AF translucent powder that is great for mattifying throughout the day. I’d probably use it in the morning after doing my makeup too- but it is just too stinkin cute not to carry around with me at all times.

Do you guys have any ‘scecrets’ to keep your oily skin tamed??


2 thoughts on “Gimme Five Friday – Oily Skin Tips!

  1. Love the post! I seem to have oily skin as well and it’s such a drag. However, what I’ve discovered is rubbing the primer on my T-zone and patting into the rest of the face instead of just smearing it all over. Also, use a setting spray right after the primer and before and after applying makeup. A wonderful “primer” that I seems to work wonders for oily skin is the Nivea Post Shave Balm, pretty sure you heard all about the rave of the product. Another trick is to use blotting sheets right when you’re done putting on your foundation! 🙂 Your post helped me so I hope this comment helped you! xx

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