Got a shiny face? Using a facial oil can stop your skin looking so greasy, say experts

Got a shiny face? Using a facial oil can stop your skin looking so greasy, say experts

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If you spend your life blotting away excess shine and are constantly looking for mattifying products – listen up! According to skincare experts, investing in a facial oil could be the answer to your shiny skin woes.

Yep, this additional step to your skincare regime, sandwiched in between your serum and moisturiser, could be exactly what you need to reduce the level of oil production in your skin. Yes, really!

“Oils don’t necessarily equate to ‘grease’, as is often the assumption,” says skin expert Natali Kelly. “If used correctly, facial oils can replenish your skin’s natural oils, keeping levels balanced and breakouts at bay – even if you have oily skin.”

You might also be surprised to learn that excess skin oil could actually be a sign of dehydration.

“When skin is dehydrated or really dry, it can result in your sebaceous glands overcompensating,” explains Holly Wagman, head of NPD at Zero by Skin Academy. “The increase in sebum production to keep skin hydrated creates the unwanted extreme glow.”

Holly recommends checking your complexion first thing in the morning to see if this could be the case. You can do this at home by simply pressing a clean tissue and against your face.

If there’s any residue left on the tissue the chances are your skin could actually be dehydrated.

Before you slather the nearest bottle all over your chops, stop! Not all facial oils are created equal. Different ingredients have different uses, so it’s important to identify the one your skin needs.

For combination and oily skin types, look for jojoba, marula or hazelnut oil as these are lighter and more easily absorbed.

MonuSkin Firming Fiji Facial Oil has a hazelnut oil base as well as nourishing patchouli oil and anti-inflammatory rose oil — perfect for calming irritated skin.

A full-size 30ml bottle usually costs £26.95, but it's included in this month’s OK! Beauty Box – which costs just £7.50 when you sign up!

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Want an oil to give dull, tired skin a much-needed boost? Look for super-hydrating ingredients like moringa, baobab and avocado.

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Scientia Dawn Elixir, £32 here, contains all of the above as well as rosehip oil to restore the skin's natural balance.

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