May 17, 2017

Do you leave the house every morning with fresh skin but by the afternoon find that it's become shiny, slick and greasy? While many assume it's simply down to your genetics and skin type, these are not the only reasons. In fact, anyone can suffer from afternoon-greasy skin, and excess oil can be caused by several different factors. Keep reading to find your solution to shine-free skin.

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Your Greasy Skin Could be Down to Internal Factors

Oily Skin
The most obvious reason is of course that you may just have oily skin. You need to make sure that you wash your face well and keep up a good skincare routine with products specially designed for oily skin. Read our top skincare tips for dealing with oily skin here.
Dry Skin
If you typically have dry skin but find yourself some afternoons with shiny, greasy skin, this does not mean that your skin type has now suddenly changed to oily. In fact, it is an indication that you have not hydrated your skin well enough. Consequently, your skin has likely responded by producing an excess of natural oils in an attempt to self-hydrate. Check out our top tips for dry skin here.
This factor is, unfortunately, one you cannot directly solve. You just need to make sure you keep a balanced healthy lifestyle, including your social life, work life, diet, and exercise. We've got a selection of posts explaining how your lifestyle can impact your skin. Find out more here.

Other Causes for Greasy Skin May be Due to External Factors

New medications can disrupt the natural workings of your body and thus potentially cause unusual behaviour such as the overproduction of skin oils.
In a similar wavelength to medication, stress from your everyday life can affect the natural process of your body and trigger production of excess oils.
Over-Doing it With Products
We're all guilty of this. You get excited about your new purchases and want to use them all at once, but this is actually very bad for your skin. Piling on too many treatments can cause your skin to respond with the overproduction of oils as a layer of defence against all these new products. Our main piece of advice is to keep it simple.
Environmental Change
A change in weather patterns or travelling somewhere new with a different climate can make your skin react by attempting to protect itself with excess oils, resulting in greasy skin. What's more, pollution can be a real hindrance to your skin, damaging it more ways than one. Learn how to protect your skin from pollution. greasy skin

Your Skincare Routine Could be the Root of Your Greasy Skin Woes

Are you following an effective skincare routine? Using too many products is actually inefficient and detrimental to your skin's health. So make sure to follow these guidelines to strip down your skincare routine and ensure it is effective for your skin.

Determine your skin type
Knowing your skin type will help you to efficiently tailor your skin care routine to your skin's needs. Determine your skin type and start building your skincare regimen.
Gently cleanse twice a day
Cleansing is fundamental to regulating oil production. But stick to washing your face twice a day. Any more and you could irritate your skin and kick it into overdrive; causing it to overcompensate with excess oil to protect the skin.
Use a good toner
An alcohol-based toner is likely to be too harsh as it can completely strip your skin of its natural oils and thus be too drying. This will then encourage your skin to produce more oil and lead to greasy skin by the afternoon. A glo-therapeutics toner can help to smooth, purify and retexturize the skin. Find out more about why toners are so essential here.
No matter what type of skin you have, moisturising is important. If you have oily skin, you’ll want to choose a light, oil-free formula, while dry skin types will need a little extra hydration. However, even dry skin types at times may feel their skin is overly oily and will need to switch to a lighter moisturiser or serum for a while to help balance it out. Don’t be afraid to change-up and try new things.
Dead skin cells build up and block your pores causing any oiliness and dirt to turn into spots. Exfoliating up to 3 times a week will help rid your skin of these dead cells and promote cell turnover keeping your skin looking fresher, smoother and softer. However, it's important not to over-exfoliate as that too can irritate your skin and exacerbate any issues you may have.
Use a mask
Using a mask to absorb excess oil once a week can help your skin to adapt and adjust to changing conditions, and thus can help balance oil production, helping you to avoid that dreaded afternoon-shine. Want to tackle different skin issues at once? Find out how multi-masking allows you to do exactly that. Plus we provide suggestions of what mask combinations you should use!

The Right Makeup Products Could Make all the Difference

Your greasy skin may be as a result of your makeup being incompatible with your skin, or you could just be using your products in the wrong way. Consider the questions below and see if they apply to you.

Have you tried using a primer?
A primer is good for prepping and smoothing out the skin before any makeup application. Depending on the type of primer you choose it can help smooth out complexion, absorb oil, hydrate and/or fill in fine lines and wrinkles. For greasy skin, the brand new glo-minerals Mattifying Primer is your best bet. It both absorbs oil whilst allowing your skin to breathe. Although sometimes you'll find you need to use a few different primers for different areas of the face. Check out our block-priming technique, (similar to multi-masking) to find the perfect primer combination for you.
Are you using the right foundation formula?
You may be using the wrong type of foundation for your skin type. Choosing the perfect foundation can be tricky since there are so many factors that you need to consider from your skin tone to your skin type or possible skin condition.
Are you using an excessive amount of powder?
While a good oil-absorbing powder is great for diminishing afternoon-grease, it's better to try not to use too much. It's only natural to want to buff and mattify your face at the first sign of shine, yet too much powder on greasy skin can actually emphasise your pores, and potentially accentuate any fine lines or wrinkles you may have.

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