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Ladies with oily skin will know what a nightmare it can be.

You shy away from the camera on nights out just in case your powder has failed you and your make-up just never seems to last like you know it should.

So how can you deal with oily skin? Here are some tips you may find helpful when it comes to dealing with the shine monster.

  • Cleansing is essential

In order to stay blemish-free and to stop a build up of oil from wreaking havoc with your skin, it’s important to cleanse at LEAST twice a day.

Always look for an oil-free foam/gel based cleanser that will keep your skin clear but still be gentle enough to use more than once a day.

  • Don’t skip the toner

It can be easy to think of toner as an optional step in your skincare routine – but once you do use it, you won’t go back. For best results, use a toner that is specialised for oily skin such as La Roche-Posay’s SEROZINC.

This mattifying facial mist has been specially formulated to give your skin a non-shiny appearance as well as tightening pores. SEROZINC has been something of a must-have with Irish beauty gurus but has not been available on our shores – until now. 

From April 1st, the misting toner, specialised for oily and blemish-prone skin will be available in pharmacies nationwide for only €10.

  • Should you moisturise oily skin?

Many people believe that putting moisturiser on oily skin will only make things worse – but not so. Your skin needs hydration and moisture, especially with all of the elements we are subjected to every day; from the cold weather to the office air con it’s important to treat our skin right.

While heavy moisturisers may leave oily skin feeling clogged and heavy, finding a light-weight, water-based and most importantly non-oily moisturiser, your skin can get what it needs without risking outbreaks.

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We’re all guilty of going the lazy route sometimes and swiping a cleansing wipe over our face – but if you want glowing and healthy skin you need to give things a little time and TLC!

A good evening skincare routine is easy to put together and simple to follow. Here are a few tips…

1. Take off your make-up BEFORE you cleanse
A foam or gel cleanser is not designed to remove make-up, but to remove smaller particles like dust and dirt. Start by removing your make-up with cleansing oil or cleansing water, to get off foundation, blusher, bronzer and lipstick.

2. Before careful when removing eye-make up
The skin around our eyes is far thinner and more delicate than on the rest of the face. As well as this, eyelash hairs can break easily and must be handled gently. When removing eye shadow with cleansing water or eye make-up remover, close your eye and swipe down the lid toward the lash line, rather than wiping from side to side.

When removing mascara, again close your eye and swipe down the lashes. Then open your eye and gently wipe under the bottom lash line to remove the excess mascara. If some still remains, a tiny dab of moisturiser under the eye allows you to wipe away even waterproof mascara easily.

3. Choose your cleanser wisely
That squeaky clean feeling might give the impression that our cleanser has done a great job, but it’s actually a sign that all the moisture has been stripped from our face. Unless you have very oily skin, go with cleansers that leave your face feeling soft and supple. A cream cleanser or a mild gel cleanser are great options. For oilier skin, look for a product with salicylic acid to help remove excess oil and sebum.

4. Do you really need toner?
Even alcohol-free toners can be very drying so should be avoided unless you have extremely oily skin. For dry and normal skin types, a splash of cold water on your face will do the job just fine.

5. Make the most of your moisturiser
It’s not just for hydration, you know! Applying moisturiser in the morning and evening is a great opportunity to massage your face to reduce puffiness and encourage a brighter complexion. Gently rub the skin in outward circles starting from the nose and moving toward the edges of your face.

6. Don’t neglect your neck!
Your neck has delicate skin too that needs looking after just like the rest of your face. Cleansing and moisturising the neck area will reduce sagginess and wrinkles later in life.

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