If you have oily skin, blotting sheets or face powders are staples in your kikay kit. They work wonders in quickly cutting back shine, but as you know, this mattifying effect doesn't last long. If you want to lessen the need to reach for your trusty face powder (especially if you want to wear less makeup), start by tweaking your skincare habits. Here, dermatologist Dr. Anna Liza Yalung shares the beauty habits you can start practicing to control your slick-prone skin:
1. Avoid overwashing your face.
Sure, washing your face leaves it looking fresh and matte, but overdoing it only causes the skin to produce more oil. Dr. Yalung recommends "washing your face twice a day, and no more." Additionally, she notes that "washing is also allowed after an activity that made you sweat."
FN Tip: It's best to also avoid using harsh toners and cleansers that leave your skin feeling tight and dry—this can trigger an increase in oil production.
TRY: Human Nature Balancing Toner, P99.75, available online
2. Swap your heavy creams with gel moisturizers.
"Use lightweight, oil-free moisturizers," advises Dr. Yalung. A good option would be a gel moisturizer. This type of moisturizer is normally oil-free and water-based so it feels lighter on the skin—and this also means it absorbs quickly!
TRY: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream, P1,750/50mL, available online
3. Avoid using pore-clogging beauty products.
When your skin is over-producing oil, your pores are prone to get clogged, which can cause another skincare issue: Breakouts. That said, be more cautious of the beauty products you're using. You can start by looking for "makeup and hair care products [that are] labeled non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic to prevent breakouts," notes the dermatologist.
4. Drink up!
You've probably heard this simple advice many times but it bears repeating: "Keep yourself hydrated," reminds Dr. Yalung. Drinking water does not only grant you clearer skin, but it can also help regulate your skin's oil production so it becomes less oily.
Bonus: Regularly change your bedsheets and pillowcases.
According to Dr. Yalung, these bedroom items are prone to "[accumulating] oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. These can clog the pores and lead to breakouts."