Five Ways to Shine-Proof Your Skin

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We have a long list of how we’d like to describe our skin—clear, luminous and youthful to name a few. But there is one word that we never want to be on our list: shiny. Our skin looks shiny when excess oil on the skin’s surface reflects light, says San Antonio dermatologist Vivian Bucay, MD. To shine-proof your skin, all you have to do is follow these rules: 

1. Just say no to spicy foods and alcohol.
“Both alcohol and spicy foods cause the blood vessels near the skin’s surface to dilate, or enlarge,” says Beverly Hills, CA, Stuart H. Kaplan. These raise your skin’s temperature and the body reacts by perspiring leaving you with shine. But you don’t have to completely cut these foods out of your diet; you just have to practice moderation. “Limit yourself to one drink a night and eat spicy foods no more than once per week.”

2. Blot your skin instead of powdering it.
“Blotting excess oil is better than putting on powder, which can look flaky and caked on,” says Dr. Bucay.

3. Use a moisturizer.
“A popular misconception is that you don’t need to use moisturizer when it is humid outside,” says Dr. Kaplan. “You should always use moisturizer, regardless of the weather. A good moisturizer will actually balance the natural oils on the skin’s surface, which minimizes shine.”

4. Switch to mineral makeup.
Both doctors agree that mineral-based makeup is the most effective at controlling shine. The minerals essentially act like a sponge and soak up any excess oils you may have. Just be sure to apply it over your sunscreen. If mineral makeup isn’t your thing, oil-free foundations and tinted moisturizers are also recommended.

5. Befriend salicylic acid.
Use products that contain 0.5 to two percent salicylic acid. “Salicylic acid is lipid soluble, allowing it to get into the pores and keep them free of oily buildup,” says Dr. Bucay. In-office salicylic acid peels can also help control shine, but they’re really only effective for a few days. That’s why at-home maintenance is crucial.

4 Comments
  • vipin
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  • Genelia
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    Really nice article .................

  • pamb
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    I always blot, if I reapplied powder every few hours my skin would be a greasy, overpowdered mess! I use mineral makeup on occasion, but it hasn't done anything to stop the shine. I'm trying face oils at night (so counterinuitative!) to try and control the oil production, and it seems to help with breakouts, but my skin is still shiny an hour after washing in the morning. Well, at least oily skin looks younger longer!

  • Posted on

    This is a great article and especially for the summer months. I also would like to add that over exfoliating / scrubbing will cause will skin to also look shiny. It will cause your body to overproduce oil to compensate for over exfoliation - Yes, theres such a thing as over exfoliation or over doing chemical peel treatments. Also switch to a lotion, lighten moisturizer since you are more exposed to the humidity and wont need as much moisture. I like gloProfessional complexion pads, they were really developed for acne but are great to freshen up the skin during the day or when you dont have the means to rinse your face. Mineral makeup is great because it will remove the excess shine and also provide with additional SPF coverage. Its a win win!

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