The Ultimate Guide to Summer Facials

You have probably noticed that the changing of the seasons can really affect the quality of your skin.

In the winter, it may be feeling drier, flakier and duller than usual, while the changing of the seasons into summer can also confuse your skin enough to have it looking less than its best. 

While facials are beneficial for you throughout the year, they are especially wonderful at the beginning of the season to assist your skin in rejuvenating and invigorating itself.

Ready for better-looking skin? Here is the ultimate guide to summer facials.

What are the benefits of a facial? 

Before you make an appointment, you are going to want to know what exactly are the benefits of having a facial.

As it is a multi-step skin treatment, having a facial means your skin will be cleansed, exfoliated and nourished.

This, in turn, ensures your skin has a smoother texture and is adequately hydrated. Facials lead to a more glowing complexion, fewer breakouts and firmer skin. What’s more, they also help your skin look younger.  

In other words, they can perform miracles.

That being said, a facial is most effective when it is a regular part of a thorough ongoing skin care routine.

What should I expect during a facial? 

If you have never had a facial before, you may be wondering what you are getting yourself into. Here are the steps of a facial to give you a clear idea: 

1. Meeting

First and foremost, you will meet with your esthetician for a meeting. During this time, you will discuss the concerns you have regarding your skin, and you will provide her information about your diet, how much water you drink, whether you are taking any drugs or supplements, and the skin-care products you are currently applying.

2. Getting ready

Before you start the process, your esthetician will provide you with a wrap that goes around your body and underneath your arms, and fastens.

Some women choose to get completely undressed, others leave their bottoms on, while others feel more comfortable keeping everything on. 

If you are unsure of the protocol, ask your esthetician. Ordinarily, your esthetician will also wrap your hair in a towel or with a headband to ensure that no product gets into it.

3. Consultation

Once you are settled and feeling comfortable, the esthetician will examine your skin with a magnifying lamp to assist her in ascertaining your primary skin type and skin requirements. With this knowledge, she will be able to choose the appropriate products and treatments for the facial.

4. Facial time 

Then the facial can begin! The first step is to completely cleanse your skin (most professional facials will incorporate a double-cleanse) with cotton pads or sponges.

Next, it will be steaming time. Utilizing a device that sends a small mist of heated steam to your face, the steam helps to soften up your skin for the later stages. And, this is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable parts of the process.

After the steam, it is time for your skin to be exfoliated. Generally, a facial will use either mechanical or chemical substances during this part.

The rough texture of a mechanical exfoliant scrubs away your dead skin cells (and may happen during the steam). On the other hand, chemical exfoliation employs enzymes and acids which release the connection between skin cells.

Additionally, you may opt for a more potent chemical peel, which can be a stand-alone treatment or part of the facial.

Now it is time for the extractions, which consist of removing any blackheads or whiteheads you have. Some people find this part to be painful, so speak with your esthetician before agreeing to it.

You also want to make sure that only a highly qualified esthetician is doing your extractions because, if done improperly, they can create broken capillaries and discoloration. 

Next, they will apply a facial mask that is especially suited for your skin type (dry, oily, combination, sensitive, mature) and the condition that it is in.

During this time, your esthetician (if they are professional) will stay and give you a head massage or some other extra treatment. 

After the mask, your esthetician will conclude by using toner, serums and moisturizer.

5. Home skin care routine

Your session will end with a conversation about your day-to-day skin care routine. One of the benefits of regularly seeing an esthetician is that she will also prescribe you an at-home skin care routine and recommend products that will work expertly for your particular skin.

You should undoubtedly follow her advice and commit yourself to maintaining the regime. Is it unpleasant? 

There is no denying that while facials can be relaxing, there are still some moments that will be slightly uncomfortable.

Most commonly, the extractions can be somewhat unpleasant as this is when your esthetician is deep cleaning your pores. However, you (and your skin) will be thankful that it has been done afterwards.

Additionally, for about a day after your facial, you may experience some redness. This is entirely normal, and it will go away within 24 hours.

If you are prone to breakouts, then you may have to wait several more days for a complete healing, but over time your skin should improve with regular facials.

What type of facial should I get?

There are so many varieties of facials offered on the market that it can be overwhelming to know which one you should book. Before you decide, you should ascertain what exactly your skin requires.

Before the summer months, you may feel that your skin is dehydrated from the changing temperatures.

Or, perhaps, you want to target your adult breakouts, slow down the visible signs of aging, or simply give yourself a boost before your summer vacation. (We all have to treat ourselves sometimes!)

Once you know what your skin requires, you can then set about finding a treatment that targets those concerns.

Generally, during the summer months, it is more crucial for people with oily skin to get facials as wearing sunscreen and sweating in the heat can cause a lot of problems.

However, no matter what type of skin you have, facials can prevent problems for all. Some of the most popular summer facials include: 

1. Dermalogica Purifying Facial 

Particularly suited for those who suffer from frequent acne or breakouts, the Dermalogica Purifying Facial is a medicated and deep cleansing facial that works to clear blemishes and breakouts, control sebum production, and repair and smooth skin texture.

You are likely to see clearer skin after just one treatment; however, it is recommended that you have a course of six treatments (one every 1-2 weeks) and then monthly maintenance after.

2. Dermalogica Ultra Calming Facial Treatment 

If the changing of the seasons is making your skin go crazy, the Dermalogica Ultra Calming Facial Treatment may be the one for you.

This much-loved facial treatment brings genuine relief for sensitized skin, and it works to soothe, relieve and replenish the most provoked, troubled and inflamed skin.

As its purpose is to battle the actual causes behind your redness, itching and stinging, it will help improve your skin health in the long run.

Even if you have incredibly sensitive skin, this treatment can work for you, as it can be adapted to your needs.

- Guinot Hydradermie Treatment “Double Ionisation”

Praised for being a technologically advanced skin care treatment, the Guinot Hydradermie Treatment “Double Ionisation” is a high-level method that utilizes a galvanic current from the Guinot machine to boost the diffusion of both positive and negative ions.

This procedure endeavors to fix skin difficulties from the inside.

The specialized products that are used during this facial will thoroughly cleanse and re-hydrate your skin down to the most buried layers, while the high-frequency action will oxygenate and energize your cells.

Guinot has developed a distinct gel serum for each skin type, meaning everyone can experience the benefits of this incredible customized treatment.

3. Guinot Beauty Neuve 

Exactly what you need over the summer months, the Guinot Beauty Neuve treatment uses radiance-enhancing rich ingredients (such as fruit acids and vitamin C) to eradicate dead cells and lighten and brighten your skin.

If you are suffering from dull, oily, or marked skin, this facial can help, as it uses a deep exfoliator and anti-pigmentation ingredients to eliminate dead skin cells, unclog pores, decrease lines, and dim brown spots.

And, it ends with a pure vitamin C masque, to ensure you leave the salon with the brightest, most balanced complexion possible.

How do I make the benefits of a facial last? 

Getting a facial is akin to investing in your skin, and so you want to make sure you are making the benefits last as long as possible.  

Ideally, make appointments to see your esthetician once a month, and in between appointments, follow her recommendations for a thorough skin-care routine.

There is no point paying for facials if you then forget to use a cleanser, toner, serum and moisturizer each night. And, naturally, never sleep in your makeup. 

Have you ever gotten a facial? What benefits for your skin does it provide? Let us know in the comments below!

AUTHOR BIO

Hillary Kozma is the Owner/Managing Director/Creative Director of Kozma & Kozma Salon. Having built the foundation of her skills with an apprenticeship under a direct protege of Vidal Sassoon, Hillary and her husband opened Glow American Salon in Qatar in 2007 before expanding to Dubai as Kozma & Kozma in 2016. Hillary is hailed by the media as a “pioneer in her field” for introducing new talents, concepts, philosophies, and techniques to the Middle East.

10 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Blackheads

Blackheads are the small and dark spots which usually appear on the face and neck region.

They make the skin look dark and dull. We must get rid of them to make us look beautiful.

In this article, I am going to disclose top 10 natural ways to get rid of blackheads instantly.

All the methods are 100% natural and have no side effects. So, you can try them without any risk.

Let’s start the discussion step by step.

10 Ways to Get Rid of Blackheads Naturally

Although there are tons of ways, but I am going to explain 10 best ways to get rid of blackheads naturally.

1. Lemon Juice

This is a very effective remedy to get rid of blackheads. Lemon Juice helps in the tightening of skin pores and facilitates a lot in removing the blackheads.

To gain the maximum benefits, extract the lemon juice and apply it on your skin, mainly on the effected areas.

Leave it for about 10 to 20 minutes and then wash it with lukewarm water. This can be applied once a day.

One thing you must keep in mind, that lemon juice is not suitable for each skin type. You must apply it first on a small area to see if your skin shows any reaction or not.

If everything goes well you can apply it directly, otherwise, you must dilute it by adding some water to it.

2. Steam the Skin

This step is also very crucial. Blackheads are due to the materials trapped or stuck in your skin pores.

When we steam the skin, it opens the pores and helps in removing the trapped materials. 

To properly remove your blackheads, you can steam your skin alternate days a week. A 5 to 10 minutes steam is enough.

3. Egg White Mask

Egg White masks are very beneficial in not only removing blackheads but also prevent future blackheads.

What egg white mask basically do is, it tightens the skin pores which reduces the chances to minimum of getting further blackheads.

What you need to prepare Egg White Mask?

  • A Bowel
  • Egg
  • A Towel

After preparing it, apply it gently on your face or where you want and leave for about 30 minutes. Then rinse it off with cold or lukewarm water.

You can use this technique 2 times a week. Within few weeks you will see the desired results.

4. Honey

We all know the wonderful benefits of using honey. In this article, we are going to see the blackhead removal benefit of honey.

Honey not only helps in removing the blackheads but also helps in getting fair skin naturally. Take a cotton swab and apply the honey on your blackheads.

Leave it for 30 minutes to 1 hour to let it dry. After that you can wash your face or skin with lukewarm water.

To see the best and quick results, apply this daily on your skin.

5. Sweat

Let your skin sweat out. Sweat helps a lot in removing or minimizing the blackheads.

Basically, when we sweat, it opens the skin pores which helps in the flowing out of trapped materials from the skin along with the sweat.

You can do heavy exercise or go to sauna to maximize your sweat.

Right after the exercise or sauna wash your face with cold water. This will close the skin pores and stops the trapping of further materials.

6. Baking Soda

First, I want to mention that do not overuse this technique as this will dry out your skin. Once or maximum twice a week is enough.

Baking soda has small granules which acts as a natural exfoliator for the skin and remove anything which is clogged up in your skin.

This is the most inexpensive way to exfoliate your skin at home.

How to apply it?

Make a thick paste by adding water to the baking soda. After making the paste, apply it gently on your skin in a circular motion.

Massage it for 3 to 5 minutes and then wash it with plain water. After 10 to 15 minutes moisturize your skin as this will dry out your skin.

7. Green Tea

Green Tea has antioxidant properties and helps in reducing the excessive oil and inflammation in the skin.

You must use Green Tea to remove blackheads as mentioned below.

First, boil 1 cup of water and then take it away from the heat, now add 1 to 2 teabags of Green Tea. Leave the teabags in water for about an hour.

Now remove the teabags and separate the water. Leave the water to cool. Now take the cotton swab and apply the water on your blackheads.

Leave it to dry for 10 minutes. After that you can wash your face or skin with lukewarm water.

Apply this technique once a day and you will see a clear result within a week. This is a very quick effecting remedy to get rid of blackheads naturally. Try it and you will see the results.

8. Turmeric

Along with its use in spices and food, it has some extraordinary properties in treating different diseases, if used properly.

Like Green Tea, turmeric also has antioxidant properties. Now I will discuss, how you can use it to remove your blackheads.

Make a paste of turmeric by adding water or coconut oil. When the paste is ready, apply it gently on your skin where the blackheads are.

Leave it to dry for 15 to 30 minutes as per your need and then wash it with lukewarm water.

Use this technique daily or minimum thrice a week to see the results. The great thing about turmeric is, it not only helps in removing blackheads but also prevents future blackheads.

9. Epsom Salt

Another natural way to prevent or get rid of blackheads. Before using it, wash your face or skin good with water.

To use it, mix one tablespoon of Epsom salt with half cup of water and add 3 to 5 drops of iodine. Mix it properly so that salt dissolves. After making the mixture, leave it to cool.

Now take this mixture and massage on your skin properly in a circular manner. Leave it to dry and then wash it with warm water.

There is no such usage limit, you can use it as much you want. Once a day is a perfect start to give it a try.

10. Oatmeal

This is not only used to remove the hunger but also helps in removing the blackheads.

The great thing about oatmeal is, it can be used on every skin type. It also helps in clearing the skin and giving it a nice shiny and fair look.

How to apply Oatmeal?

Take the oatmeal according to your requirements. Apply it on your effected areas and then leave for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Make sure you apply it properly on the blackheads. After that rinse it with lukewarm water.

You can use this technique alternate days a week for maximum results.

Wrapping it Up!

I hope you have found the above-mentioned recipes useful. All are 100% natural and used by many people. They have helped many in removing the blackheads.

It is not correct to say, that all the methods will work for you, but some will work for sure.

Now it is up to you, to try them and find the best methods which work for you.

There are also many blackheads peel off masks available, you can also try them. Hope it helps!

The Best Korean CC Cream – 2018 Reviews & Top Picks

We have to confess that we are addicted to beauty. We are always willing to try new ways of improving our appearance.

Among the products that seem to be the most underestimated are the so-called CC Creams.

We are already eager to dig deep into explaining you the possible benefits of that particular kind of cosmetics.

 But first, we want to share with you our list of the best Korean CC creams.

Quick Overview: Our Top Picks for the Best Korean CC Creams

The product that deserved our title for the best product in this category is the Your Skin But Better CC Cream. We enjoyed its formulation that combines Hyaluronic acid and Hydrolyzed collagen to help us maintain our youthful looks. It is also loaded with vitamins and contains physical sunscreens to contribute for a protected and nourished skin.

The second choice for our selection is the Etude House Correct & Care CC Cream. We appreciated that it could help to brighten the skin in the long run, rather than just short-term. It boasts of Glycerin and Dimethicone to lock in the moisture and keep the levels of hydration high throughout the day.

As for the third spot on our roster, it is covered by the Lioele Dollish CC Cera-V CC Cream. The fusion of Algae Extract, Jojoba Oil, Macadamia Oil and Aloe Vera can benefit the skin in more than one ways. It can aid to even out the skin tone while protecting from the harmful UVA/UVB rays.

The fourth position on our roundup goes to The Face Shop Face It Aura CC Cream. This product can be suitable for people who are looking for a mattifying effect. It contains Mica to provide us with the desired satin finish, while it is free of Talc.

And finally, we have the Banila Co It Radiant CC Cream. Even though it is the last product on our list, we were impressed with the abundance of nutritious elements included in its formulation. The fusion of Flower Extracts, Herbal Water, and Milk Protein can contribute to a healthy and smooth skin.

The Truth About CC Creams

There has been a real fuss in the recent years surrounding BB creams and CC Creams.

 However, we seem to notice that people still have their misunderstandings about those two products.

The difference between a BB Cream and a CC Cream is quite significant. BB Creams are made to provide coverage with some skin benefits.

On the other hand, CC Creams serve more like a makeup base. You can also choose to use them as a primer.

Nevertheless, they are not designed to provide full color. These are created to provide subtle skin tone corrections.

And that is what their name stands for: Color Control or Color Correction. Many people struggle with comprehending the purpose of using them.

Advantages of CC Creams

As we mentioned above, CC creams are not meant to imply a lasting coverage. They serve to supply the skin with essential nutrients.

What’s more, their effect is much more natural and often dewy. By applying this type of cream, you can achieve a skin luminosity.

 That means a radiant glow with some slight corrections, mostly regarding redness or hyperpigmentation.

There is something incredibly cute and charming about those dollish looks that CC creams can provide.

And while you might feel more comfortable after applying a good layer of your favorite foundation, there is much you might be missing.

First off, the natural looks will always stay on top of attractiveness. That’s because a face that is deprived of a mask effect all over it can grab the attention of others.

We don’t know whether this is because of the increasing absence of people who feel free to express their complexion.

Or is it deeply hidden in our subconsciousness as human beings that a natural looking skin seems somehow appealing and trustable.

Whatever the reason, it is liberating and refreshing to release your inner beauty.

A CC Cream can act as a barrier that blocks environmental pollutants and the harmful rays from penetrating the dermis.

It combines active ingredients that target on enhancing the skin in the long run. You can still choose to mix your favorite foundation with a CC Cream to achieve a glowing finish.

Asian Secrets for Immortal Beauty

You might be surprised to express yourself in a different manner and receive people’s compliments on your fresh looks.

Asians know how to take care of themselves and cherish the beauty that comes from within.

Regular exercise, proper diet and balancing the emotions are all interrelated.

When there is harmony in the organism, it inevitably shows on the face.

They apply these lifestyle rules whether it comes to taking care of the body, the mind, or the spirit.

So it is no wonder that they succeed to look 20 while they are actually 50 years old. Well, we have to confess that we are a little jealous.

But we can learn from them and take care of ourselves by not only thinking how to look great in a single day.

It requires patience, diligence, and efforts, yet it is not impossible to turn back the clock of time, and Asians prove this with their flawless appearance.

Of course, the consumption of seafood has a lot to do with acquiring a bright skin that is free of blemishes.

But thankfully, the technologies and open trade between the countries can let us try the elixirs of youthfulness.

We have prepared a list of the Best Korean CC Creams that can accentuate your inner radiance and reveal a new level of skin care.

Product Reviews: Our Top Five Picks for the Best Korean CC Creams

#1 - Your Skin But Better CC Cream

Our number one choice for the best Korean CC cream is the Your Skin But Better CC Cream.

First, we detected the presence of two physical sunscreens. Both Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide come from natural minerals.

They serve to reflect the harmful UVA/UVB rays, instead of absorbing them like regular chemical sunscreens.

Meanwhile, Hydrolyzed Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid, help for the diminishing of fine lines and wrinkles.

The inclusion of Niacinamide to the formulation can help to brighten the skin.

It is also known as Vitamin B3 and has the ability to speed up cell turnover, thus revealing a new young and revitalized skin.

Upon testing it out, we concluded that it might not be suitable for enlarged pores. The product is targeted on delivering only a subtle coverage with more of a natural finish.

However, we like that our bronzer glides effortlessly and we did not experience the annoying cakey looks. We also encourage you to use a sponge when applying the cream for best results.

It can be suitable for acne prone skin due to the gentle formulation that lessens the chance of breakouts or irritation. But if you have oily skin, this might not be the perfect match.

Pros

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    Isn’t greasy

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    May accentuate enlarged pores

For the second position on our list, we have the Etude House Correct & Care Cream. We like that it can be used as a primer, concealer, as well as for treating or protecting the skin.

We appreciated the formulation of this product. Cyclopentasiloxane has the capacity to remove wrinkles and skin blemishes.

It acts as a lubricant and a waterproof agent. Together with Dimethicone, they can serve to create a protective layer over the skin.

That particular layer can fend off free radicals by blocking their penetration to the epidermis.

What’s more, they can keep the moisture locked in to promote a smooth skin without any excessive shine.

On the other hand, Glycerine can provide lasting hydration and treat flaky areas. That’s why this product can be suitable both for the dry and the oily skin types.

However, since Dimethicone and Cyclopentasiloxane are both synthetic, they can cause clogging of the pores.

That’s only in case you overuse silicone-based products, as the possible adverse effects are conducted with accumulation.

Also, it is always up to you to clear any traces of makeup that can lead to clogged pores.

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    Low-maintenance

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    May irritate
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    Might look cakey on elder skin

The third product for our selection is the Lioele Dollish CC Cera-V CC Cream. We like that it didn’t look shimmery on the face.

Rather than that, it provided a light-medium coverage. Anyway, you may need to layer it up to conceal dark spots.

We also think it is better for the cooler months since it might not stay on well when exposed to humidity.

The Jojoba Seed Oil and Macadamia Oil can help to nourish the skin, while Aloe Vera can soothe inflammation and act as an antiseptic.

This cream can also aid to even out the skin tone since it also contains the powerful Niacinamide.

The inclusion of Algae Extract can serve to block free radicals and provide moisturization. Furthermore, it is rich in vitamins and minerals that can nourish the skin and improve its texture.

However, if you have a dark complexion, we do not recommend you this particular cream. It is most suitable people whose tan is light to medium.

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    Natural, fresh finish
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    Blends nicely

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    May leave a white residue

The Face Shop Face It Aura CC Cream is our fourth choice for this category. We enjoyed the long-wearing formulation.

It is also easy to carry around and lightweight, which can be useful when you want to do some minor changes.

We like that it can help to brighten the skin because of the Niacinamide in its compound. Together with the potent Stearic Acid, it can aid in removing the dirt, excess sebum and sweat.

However, if you have combination skin, we recommend that you apply a moisturizer before putting this cream.

On the other hand, Butylene Glycol is implied to help condition the skin. It works as a humectant, taking the moisture from the air and retaining it.

Butylene Glycol is also resistant to humidity.

And even though it is a chemical compound, when placed on the skin or ingested, it is then absorbed and broken down to gamma-hydroxybutyric acid.

This particular acid is a naturally occurring compound found in humans. For best results, we advise you to exfoliate and moisturize well before applying the cream.

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    Matte finish

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    Difficult to apply
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    Finishes quickly

The last top pick for the best Korean CC Cream is the Banila Co It Radiant CC Cream.

We only decided to put it on the fifth position because it seemed to provide the least coverage compared to the others.

Despite that, it became one of our favorite creams because its formulation boasts of essential flower extracts.

It combines Rosemary Water, Chamomile Water, and Madonna Lily Water. This herbal infusion can serve to revitalize and replenish the skin.

We also found Milk Protein amongst its compounds. This is among the most nutrient-rich proteins, which have a complete amino acid content.

It can help to heal, soothe and calm the skin while providing hydration and locking in the moisture.

The powerful Horse Chestnut Extract can contribute to enhance blood circulation and retain water to keep the cells function properly.

After testing this product, we noticed a lightening of the skin. It appeared more luminous and radiant.

However, you might want to follow it up with a powder.

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The Bottom Line

We have tested and evaluated among a bunch of products, and overall the Your Skin But Better CC Cream has become our top choice for the best Korean CC Creams.

We compiled our selection according to the suitability of the ingredients for various skin types, and the effects we experienced.

We love that the Your Skin But Better CC Cream can block the damage caused by UVA/UVB rays and the environmental stressors that attack as every day.

It can address the diminishing of wrinkles, brightening the skin and loading it with essential nutrients.

Whichever of the rest CC Creams you might want to try, we believe you will enjoy the benefits of this particular type of cosmetics.

They aim in providing the skin with healthy elements to support its natural glow. What we like the most is how they target on delivering their benefits in the long run.

The Best Drugstore Primer For Oily Skin – 2018 Reviews & Top Picks

Having to deal with oily skin can be challenging. The excess sebum production leads to greasiness which is often disturbing.

While other people can just put their makeup and head outdoors, you have to be always on the watch.

We understand you, and we are here to help. We have created a list of the best drugstore primers for oily skin.

We invite you to take a glance at our roundup, as well as to check our tips and expert advice on how to handle this condition in the long run.

Quick Overview: Our Top Picks of the Best Drugstore Primer for Oily Skin

The product that we chose to head our list is the e.l.f. Studio mineral infused face primer. We love that it makes use of Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, and Silica. They can serve to keep the shine at bay while creating a smooth base for the makeup.

The second product that grabbed our attention is the Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. With only a tiny amount, we experienced a reduction of the excessive greasiness. We also like that it can help us diminish the signs of aging since it contains the potent Bitter Cherry Extract.

Coming in at number three is the L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base. This product differs from the rest of our list, as it is a professional makeup base. When we used it as a primer, we love that it lasted throughout the whole day.

The fourth choice for our selection is the Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer. Its formulation boasts of Dimethicone, Isododecane, and Isoparaffin to help us achieve a flawless appearance. The added Glycerine can nourish the skin without causing it to look oily.

And lastly, we have the Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Prime Makeup. Among its ingredients, we detected Talc which is one of the most efficient compounds to target oiliness. It can absorb moisture and minimise sweat production.

What Causes Oily Skin?

Oily skin is known medically as seborrhea. It is caused by excess oil produced within the pores. There is one particular type of hormones, called Androgens.

These are male hormones which are present both in males and females.

They are related to the maturation of the skin’s sebaceous glands. As these glands mature, the oil production increases.

However, age is not the main reason for oily skin. Certain life events, continuous stress and even not getting enough sleep can lead to an increased level of androgens in your body.

While many people blame their genetics for their skin condition, we refuse to agree with them.

When we get born, we don’t get to choose the color of our eyes or hair. However, as we become thinking human beings, we can still do much about the condition of our skin.

How to Cope with Oily Skin in the Long Run?

Do not skip on washing your face both in the morning and in the evening. The first thing to do when you get up is to target the excessive sebum that has been accumulated while sleeping.

Then when you go to bed, you have to make sure that you have removed all the debris, dead cells and makeup from your face.

That’s so essential since your skin needs to breathe and not to store anything that can lead to clogging of the pores.

Using a proper toner is also one of the things that can help you cope with the problems. Only cleansing is far from enough for your particular skin type.

We recommend you to look for products that contain Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Rosehip Extract, Clay, Hyaluronic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Dead Sea Minerals. This list can become much longer.

Fortunately, the market is abundant with products which possess the correct labeling. Thus, you can easily source out the cosmetics that is targeted on your condition.

Also, don’t forget about masks and exfoliators. Treating your skin thrice a week can aid in keeping it healthy and clean to prevent the unwanted shine.

Oily Skin and Proper Diet

Years ago, nutrition was only some vague term that many of us neglected. Research shows an indisputable correlation between the food we consume and our overall health and appearance.

Dairy products contain high levels of hormones. You don’t need further disruptions, so you might be surprised to see the improvements if you swipe these for a month.

To be honest, the moment when you start consuming them again will inevitably lead you back where you started.

But it is important to try and see for yourself. As we mentioned above, things work differently with people.

You have to take some time to see which causes the problems with your skin. Refined sugar is yet another enemy, as it spikes your blood sugar levels.

That leads to increased production of insulin, which encourages the cells to produce more oil. Every time you feel a craving, just substitute refined sugar goods for a more natural alternative.

Eating lots of mangos, berries and citrus fruit can help you deal with this issue. On the other hand, salt causes water retention.

Thus your cells are urged to increase the oil levels to combat dehydration. Avoiding alcohol and deeply fried food can also help to normalize the function of oil glands significantly.

Changing your diet requires much time, diligence and strong will. However, if you take the time to let things happen gradually, this isn’t some impossible mission.

We believe you can be surprised on how your skin reacts to even the tiniest healthy changes in your regimen.

Nevertheless, you don’t have to be alone in the battle with oily skin. The beauty industry is always there to help us.

That’s why we have compiled for you our list of the best drugstore primers for oily skin.

Product Reviews: Our Top Five Picks for the Best Drugstore Primer for Oily Skin

#1 - e.l.f. Studio mineral infused primer

The first product for our selection is the e.l.f. Studio mineral infused face primer. Cyclopentasiloxane is considered an emollient that functions to soft and smooth the skin.

It helps to keep the moisture locked in, while it doesn’t cool during evaporation. Cyclopentasiloxane also carries active antiperspirant compounds to the skin and hair.

By creating a thin protective layer, it can make the skin appear more velvety and less prone to interaction with the surrounding environment.

We also like that chances of irritation are kept to the minimum with this particular compound. However, research shows that it can be accumulated in the body over time.

If your skin is a combination between oily and sensitive, we do not recommend you this particular product. It may lead to breakouts.

After testing it, we think it might not hold on well in humidity. We encourage you to use it in cooler weather.

Pros

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    Silky soft texture
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    Goes on smooth

Cons

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    May not cover redness
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    Poor packaging; only a tiny amount of product

The next product for our compilation is the Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. Stearyl Heptanoate is a skin conditioning agent that carries a minimal risk of irritation.

As to Caprylyl Glycol, its function highly resembles that of Stearyl Heptanoate. It is derived from a natural fatty acid that is found in the milk of some mammals.

It can also be derived from palm and coconut oils. It can preserve the product from the attacks of harmful bacteria with its antimicrobial properties.

Dimethicone is a type of silicone that can block the moisture from forming on the surface of the skin.

It creates a thin protective layer that contributes to a smooth texture. Mind that if you apply too much product, it might prevent your makeup from setting well.

We recommend you to use it sparingly and add a touch of powder to assist in staying on throughout the day. Also, we think it is best suited for younger skin.

Pros

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    A little goes a long way
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    Prevents acne breakouts

Cons

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    Might set up in fine lines and wrinkles
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    May cause the makeup to melt in hot weather

The product that made it to our third position is the L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional.

The main thing that caused it not to spot our second position is that it requires much time and diligence to disperse it properly.

Despite that, we were impressed with the professional results after using this primer. It combines the potent Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, and Silica.

Both Cyclohexasiloxane and Dimethicone are types of Silicones. They are considered hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.

They can help to protect the skin from environmental pollutants by creating a breathable barrier. Furthermore, they contribute to an ultra-silky texture of the skin without making it greasy.

After testing the product, we concluded that you must rub it in gently and carefully to make sure it sets well and even.

It is also essential to let it dry for about three to five minutes. The circular movement of applying it is also necessary to provide a proper distribution and seeping in of the product.

However, if you suffer from acne breakouts, we do not recommend you using this primer on a regular basis.

Pros

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    Long-wearing
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    Blurs the appearance of fine lines

Cons

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    Thick consistency
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    Doesn’t shrink the pores

Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer is the fourth best drugstore primer for oily skin. We appreciated the Dimethicone which we found in its content.

Isododecane is another active ingredient. We like that it helps to spread the primer easily for an even coverage across the skin.

It is also highly effective in preventing the water evaporation. Another compound that we appreciate is the Silica.

It is a mineral, which is a combination of Silicon and Oxygen. It is found in many vegetables, such as leafy greens, whole grains, and onions.

Silica is used by every gland and every cell in our body. It can even help to battle acne since it increases the collagen production.

That leads to a healthy outer cell layer and visibly supple appearance. Despite the numerous benefits, we noticed that this primer might work better for the winter months.

We also encourage you to allow it to dry well. Otherwise, it tends to become cakey. If you are exposed to high temperatures, it might feel too heavy.

Pros

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    Blends well
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    Smooth application

Cons

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    Poor packaging; inconvenient pump mechanism
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    Isn’t sweat-resistant

And the final product that succeeded to make it to our list is the Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Prime Makeup.

Octinoxate is an organic compound which is a clear liquid, insoluble in water. It is often used in sunscreens since it has the ability to block the harmful UVB rays.

Furthermore, it is considered to bare a less risk of irritation compared to most of the rest sunscreen ingredients.

It is permitted by the FDA in formulations, as long as it doesn’t exceed 7.5 percent.

On another note, Octyldodecanol and Cyclohexasiloxane can help to make the skin satin smooth.The inclusion of Talc makes it possible for this product to absorb the moisture well while helping to prevent rashes.

We have to admit that we were pleased with the results after applying this primer. Anyways, we didn’t like that it contains both fragrance and parabens.

We would still recommend you to try it out but refrain from daily use, as it might not be beneficial for handling oily skin conditions in the long run.

Pros

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    Conceals redness
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    Illuminates the skin
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    Reduces the visibility of pores

Cons

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    Doesn’t hold on well
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    Doesn’t fill in deeper wrinkles

The Bottom Line

We have presented to you our roundup of the best drugstore primer for oily skin. The winner for our compilation is the e.l.f. Studio mineral infused face primer.

We love this primer because we appreciate its formulation which combines the potent Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, and Silica.

We appreciated the way we felt upon applying it, and we believe it can help you maintain the quality looks of your makeup.

As always, we have tested and evaluated all the products that made through our selection process.

We chose them based on their effectiveness in keeping the greasy shine at bay, their active ingredients, and our overall impressions after using them.

Even though the oily skin type requires diligent care and proper treatment, we believe you can feel confident with your appearance.

Just remember that this condition isn’t irreversible and you can handle it by attaining a complete beauty regimen and balanced diet.

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