Weather the shine – aka how to get greasy skin under control

By Susannah Edwards


The season of cold, blustery weather is well on its way, but, if you’re prone to it, oily skin is a year-round concern no matter how drying the weather. ‘Cold weather and central heating will whisk moisture from skin, but not oil, so skin can get doubly hit in winter – dry and greasy,’ says Senior Skin Expert for Dermalogica Lesley Saville. Here’s how to battle the shine (and keep skin looking healthy), whatever the weather:



Don’t strip your skin of natural oils. ‘It’s normal to get shiny skin after several hours,’ says Lesley, ‘but if you get it soon after cleansing, you could be using a product that’s stripping the skin and causing your skin to overcompensate. Switch down to a lighter foaming cleanser or even a light cream cleanser, which you can remove with a warm compress.’

Do use clay-based products. ‘Clays, such as bentonite and kaolin are well known for their ability to absorb excess oil,’ says Lesley. ‘Use a clay-based deep cleansing or purifying mask once or twice a week.’

ELLE loves Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask, £25, by Kiehl’s.

Don’t be afraid to moisturise. ‘People with oily skin tend to steer clear of moisturisers, but dehydrated skin will produce more oil,’ says Lesley. ‘Use an oil-free moisturiser to hydrate without adding unnecessary shine.’

ELLE loves Oil Control Lotion SPF15, £30, by Bobbi Brown.


Do use a mattifying primer. ‘They’re normally silica-based and help disperse the oil your skin produces,’ says senior MAC make-up artist James Molloy.

ELLE loves Matte Texture primer, £13, by MAC.

Don’t use oil-based makeup. ‘Using an overly rich base on oilier skin will make things worse, so go for lighter gel formulations or bases that are designed especially to control shine,’ says James.

ELLE loves Stay Matte Foundation, £5.99, and Stay Matte Pressed Powder, £3.99, by Rimmel London.

Do use blotting sheets. ‘Blotting papers are a great way to remove excess shine without disturbing your makeup,’ says James. Keep some in your handbag, desk drawer, car…

ELLE loves: Pore Minimizer Oil-Blotting Sheets, £7.50 for 50, by Clinique.

Don’t mattify your whole face. ‘Some areas are meant to have shine,’ says James. ‘Leave the high planes of your face with a little sheen to achieve the right balance between matte and shine.’

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