WHY IS MY SKIN SO SHINY?
Your skin naturally secretes sebum through its sebaceous glands. Its role is to maintain the balance of lipids (fats) creating a barrier on the surface of the skin. This barrier protects us from external aggressions and maintains hydration. There are many sebaceous glands around the T-zone of the face. When there is an imbalance in the glands, and too much sebum is produced, you get shiny skin. There are many causes for this imbalance. Skin often secretes extra sebum to counteract daily environmental aggressors: pollution, sun, tobacco, etc. It can also be caused by dehydration: to retain water at all costs, the skin makes itself more impermeable by adding fats to its surface. The shine can also be caused by using the wrong cosmetics (too rich or too harsh) or by make-up, which suffocates the skin.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO STOP IT?
Firstly, you must cleanse your skin thoroughly, morning and evening, to get rid of excess sebum. Choose a light make-up remover – a micellar water, for example – then clean your face with a cleanser especially for oily skins. These products deep cleanse the skin while controlling the amount of sebum produced.
Then, apply a hydrating cream – even if this does seem counter-intuitive – as shiny skin often lacks water. Choose products designed for combination skin types, which cleanse and hydrate while still controlling the amount of sebum produced. They sometimes offer a matte effect, which is great for shiny skins! In the summer, opt for a hydrating serum in the morning and a purifying care product in the evening.
Once a week, use a green clay face mask to absorb the excess sebum more thoroughly. During the day, avoid the sun, which increases sebum production. As soon as the skin starts to shine, use an oil-absorbing sheet to blot the skin, or apply loose powder with a large brush. Our tip: avoid putting on too much make-up, to let the skin breathe.
HOW TO BANISH SHINY SKIN Time to deal with our epidermis and get back our velvety, matt complexion.
FIRSTLY, SHINY COMPLEXIONS AREN'T LIMITED TO THOSE OF US WITH OILY SKIN.
Indeed, one in three women complain about having shiny skin. Under certain conditions (stress, heat, humidity, sports, starting/stopping the pill) all skin types can suffer from too much shine. But it's generally combination skin - with its infamous T-zone - that gets the worse deal.
Shiny skin can also make an unwelcome comeback during menopause, when hormonal changes cause our sebaceous glands to go haywire.
Finally, shiny skin can be aggravated by smoking, booze and a poor diet.
FOCUS ON LONG-TERM, DAILY CARE
The golden rule is to not boost sebum production, as this will cause shiny skin. So go easy on the face scrubs. Your skin needs gentle loving care!
In the morning, cleanse your skin with a lotion and in the evening wash off any grime with a soap-free foaming gel.
As for your day cream, it should moisturise without leaving your skin oily. To avoid the shiny look during the day, opt for a cream that will balance out sebum levels on your T-zone, close your pores and moisturise your skin. Active ingredients favoured by dermatologists include salicylic acid to unclog pores (where impurities tend to build up), zinc to regulate sebum production, glycolic acid to even out skin tone and perlite to absorb sebum and mattify the complexion.
BLURS AND WIPES, SHINE-BUSTING FIRST AIDERS
If your T-zone tends to shine during the day, don't reach for the nearest face powder, as this will just clog up your epidermis. In the morning, apply a mattifying blur cream to zap shine and Photoshop away any imperfections.
And do as Japanese women do - keep a mattifying wipe on you at all times!
KISS GOODBYE TO SHINY SKIN! Summer, we love you… Warm weather, floaty dresses, holidays, lazing in the sun. We unwind, we feel good and, to top it all, our skin gets a lovely sun-kissed glow. The only fly in the sunscreen is when our skin starts to shine like a Belisha beacon. So, here’s how to combat oily skin in the summer months.
SUMMER, A TIME TO SHINE
Sunshine and heat can cause skin to lose its velvety, matte look, as pores produce more sebum, making our faces look shiny and oily. And there’s another culprit – sweating. Caused by heat, stress or exertion, sweat mixes with sebum and increases any shine. But don’t worry, we’ve got a plan to help you beat the grease this summer.
YOUR SUMMER ANTI-SHINE ACTION PLAN
Step 1 : Purify once or twice a week. Applying a purifying, cleansing clay face mask will detoxify your skin and rid it of impurities. Your skin will breathe better, your pores will tighten, blackheads will disappear and sebum secretion will be kept in check. Shiny, oily skin will be a thing of the past.
Step 2 : Cleanse morning and night. Our sebaceous glands go into overdrive at night, so don’t be surprised if you wake up to oily skin. To keep your complexion as matte as possible, cleanse your skin at night to get rid of any sweat and grime accumulated during the day. Repeat in the morning to remove excess sebum produced during the night.
Step 3 : Moisturise every day. Even if your skin is oily, it still needs hydrating. Opt for a light formula, suited to oily skin, that penetrates quickly – its active ingredients will fight any shine by absorbing sebum and sweat.
Step 4 : Apply corrective cosmetics. Two items to slip in your make-up bag: a mattifying blotter that contains absorbing agents (like talc, kaolin, zinc) and a mattifying, loose powder that will give you velvety skin at any time of day. Now, back to the beach !
Article supplied & written by Marie Claire, part of Hearst Communications, Inc.