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Be Chic | Shine is Good

19 October 2009

Everybody has something about themselves that they find to be fatally wrong. (Obviously this is more self-perception than any measure of reality). For me, it’s an oily t-zone. (That’s the triangular area around the forehead and nose  that is most prone to shine.)

Although it’s been hardwired into my brain that shine is bad, I’m recently learning that I was wrong and misinformed.

It wasn’t until my 500th visit to Sephora did I learn from a kind, Asian skin care consultant that my skin’s production of oil is good. YES, SHINE IS GOOD.

Why is Shine Good?

1. Oil PROTECTS Your Skin

Your body secretes oil as a protective barrier against bacteria and UV rays. Also, oil helps your skin to retain moisture and maintain a youthful glow. (That’s the good kind of glow.)

Unfortunately, the collusion of modern cosmetology and sanitized, artificial ways of living has resulted in a massive push to strip oil from our skin. Wrong! Don’t do it. Using soap, astringent toner, and mattifiers STRIPS your skin of its natural oil. Consequently, your skin will overcompensate by producing MORE OIL. This is where the vicious cycle begins.

2. Oil Fights Off Wrinkles

In your 30’s and 40’s, when your skin dries out, that’s when wrinkles and fine lines will start appearing. Then you’ll wish you hadn’t been so trigger happy with the benzoyl peroxide.

The Dilemma: How to Keep the Glow Without the Shine?

After more trial and error than I’d like to recount, these are the products that have worked for me.

MAC Prime + Prep

MAC Prime + Prep

This sheer finishing powder is good on all skin tones. The loose powder mattifies your skin without clogging your pores, giving you a wonderful dewy glow. This can be worn with or without makeup.

WARNING:  Stay away from traditional mattifiers at all costs. They contain parabens and sulfites that will clog your pores and dry out your skin.

Fresh Cleansing Balm w/ Lemon Oil

Fresh Cleansing Balm w/ Lemon Oil

This Fresh cleanser will help you fight excess oil. Using harsh facewash will dry out your skin, throwing off its natural balance, and cause it to produce more oil in the end. Counterintuitive, I know.

I swear by this product. This face wash removes oil without over-drying your skin.  From “Broad Leaf Kelp Extract discourages excess oil production, while wheat balances and protects dry prone zones.”

Origins United State Balancing Tonic

Origins United State Balancing Tonic

This toning product is for combination and oil prone skin. Apply after washing you face to “unite” your oily and dry parts. It’s also pleasant to use, with a scent of bergamot, spearmint, and lavender.

Bliss Steep Clean Moisture Lotion

Bliss Steep Clean Moisture Lotion

This is a light moisturizer that mattifies your skin instantly. Upside: Great scent. Downside: No SPF.

You should use it in conjunction with an SPF product, even though that might defeat the mattifying purpose.

Steep Clean Facial Mask

Steep Clean Facial Mask

My once-a-week spa treatment for my skin. It’s super fun to use, too. One squeeze pumps out yellow and blue colored gel, which you mix in the palm of your hands until it turns green.

This product dissolves dead cells, exfoliates and smooths skin, clears blackheads and prominent pores.

Take care of your skin now, and it will thank you 10, 20, 30 years down the road.

Keep on shinin’,


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