A good oily skin primer and moisturiser needs to perform multiple functions, from mattifying to normalising the skin while also hydrating the skin.
Keeping oily skin in check means ensuring it gets moisturised without it feeling greasy or looking shiny, while also keeping oil production under control.
The perfect primer and moisturiser for oily skin has to be lightweight and provide the correct levels of moisture that is adequate for your skin type. The good news about oily skin is that it tends to age better than dry skin, therefore it is less prone to wrinkles. However, we might think that oily skin is generally more resilient, whereas it can get irritated when using products with wrong ingredients, such as aggressive lotions containing alcohol. In fact, using strong oil-stripping creams and cleansers will have the adverse effect of causing the skin to produce excess oil to protect itself.

Tips for Oily Skin

tips for oily skin

First of all, to check whether you have oily skin (which can get shiny on forehead, chin and nose), wash and dry your face and don’t apply anything for an hour. Lay a paper tissue over your face and leave for a minute. If the tissue looks oily all over when removed then you have oily skin, but if only a few areas look oily then you have combination skin.

  • Carry some blotting papers with you to freshen up your make up and avoid excess shine.
  • Carry some pressed powder with you to blot the skin when it gets too shiny.
  • Cleanse your skin using gentle products for oily skin at least twice a day.
  • Avoid aggressive cleansing products, moisturisers and exfoliators.
  • Use a gentle exfoliator at least once a week.
  • After applying your moisturiser and primer, wait 5 minutes and then, after applying foundation, wait another 5 minutes before sealing the make up with powder.

Choosing the Right Primer and Moisturiser for Oily Skin

The right primer and moisturiser needs to absorb quickly while leaving the skin non-shiny, for an elegant and polished look. Ideally, a good product should also be multi-purpose and have anti-ageing properties too.
The best performing products contain high quality ingredients, which will work well with oily skin.
A primer acts as a barrier for the skin and a good base for make up to apply before foundation. Leaving the primer to activate for a couple of minutes before applying make up should help with preparing the skin.
Preparing the skin also means giving it the best attention and care to look healthy and youthful.

Marlenha Recommends

For oily skin we would recommend using our Harmony Light Moisturiser.
Our clients have told us that they use Harmony Light Moisturiser as a primer, as it absorbs very quickly and improves the staying power of make up. This serum contains saw palmetto extract, sesame seed oil and lilac extract which matify the skin and keep it balanced.

Experience Harmony Light Moisturiser from Marlenha.