Afternoon shininess is annoying and maybe even embarrassing. You need to put extra effort into your skincare and makeup routine.
Various things cause afternoon oily skin. The good news is, there are solutions.
Causes of afternoon oily skin
Oily afternoon skin isn't limited to those with an oily skin type. Anyone can experience this occurrence.
Those with oily skin are predisposed to shiny skin in the afternoon.
Skipping moisturizer in the morning causes your skin to hydrate itself by producing natural oils.
Moving to a place with a different climate, or experiencing sudden changes in weather patterns triggers your skin to hydrate itself by producing more oil.
Highly stressful situations during the day can heighten oil production in your pores.
During your monthly cycle, you're more likely to experience excess shininess by the afternoon. Pregnancy often also causes changes in your skin.
Taking new medication can mess with your body's normal functions.
Using too many products at once overwhelms the skin. Oiliness may be the skin's way of telling you to dial it back.
If your skin is the oily type, you need products that contain oil-balancing formulas. Dry skin types need deep hydration products.
Skincare for afternoon oily skin
Starting with a good skincare regimen will help you get rid of the shininess.
DETERMINE YOUR SKIN TYPE
Knowing your skin type will help you choose the right skincare routine that your skin needs. You can consult a dermatologist or makeup artist if not sure. Also, you can read more on our posts about combination skin, oily skin, dry skin, and sensitive skin.
Cleansing is vital in controlling oil production. However, you need a gentle product. Being too rough or using drying products will make your skin produce more oil in the afternoon in response to the dryness.
Also, avoid over washing—twice a day is enough. Only wash more than this if you work out.
We recommend our Rosewater Wellspring Cleanser for thorough cleansing minus the stripping of sebum.
Avoid alcohol-based toners, since they dry your skin, encouraging it to produce more oil. Instead, use a moisturizing toner that controls shininess without drying.
Moisturization is essential, no matter what type of skin you have. People with oily skin need a light formula, while dry skin needs hydrating products.
Ensure you buy products that don't contain petrolatum-based products such as mineral oil. They clog pores and stimulate oiliness. Try our Rosehip & Calendula Triple Cream for Normal and Combination Skin.
Regular exfoliation gives you a smoother, softer skin surface and removes impurities which may clog pores. Exfoliate depending on your skin's needs.
Use a mask to absorb excess oil a few times a week to help your skin to adapt to changing conditions.
Here are some of our top makeup tips to help you deal with shininess.
BEWARE YOUR MOISTURIZER
Afternoon shininess means you're either not hydrating enough, or you're hydrating too much. Use a light, skin-balancing moisturizer before applying makeup. Do this even if you have dry skin type.
Try using a primer under your foundation if not doing so already. Note: choose one that's breathable.
Go for mineral oil foundations if you have oily skin.
GO EASY ON THE POWDER
Excess powder on oily skin can highlight wrinkles or fine lines and highlight pores. Use lightly only where needed.
These are convenient to carry in your handbag, as they come in small size booklets. Use one to gently blot away (not rub) the excess oil without disturbing your makeup.
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team