The 13 Best Oil-Control Products for a Shine-Free Face
There’s a fine line between glowing skin and an oily T-zone — we want to look dewy, not greasy. Of course, the former is what everyone’s after and the latter is what everyone wishes to avoid. If you do struggle with an oily complexion, consider revamping your skin-care regimen with the right products. To help you control shine, whether you’re at the beach or working your 9-to-5, we went ahead and rounded up 13 of our favorite oil-absorbing products. From moisturizer to SPF, there’s a mattifying formula out there waiting for you.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat
The Effaclar Mat moisturizer, enhanced with La Roche-Posay’s Thermal Spring Water, works to target excess oil, in addition to providing the skin with daily hydration. As a bonus, the formula is non-comedogenic, so you won’t have to worry about it clogging your pores.
NYX Professional Makeup Shine Killer
Primer is one of those must-have products for beauty girls with an oily skin type. Without it, you run the risk of your makeup sliding off your face mid-day. If you have oily skin, Shine Killer by NYX Professional Makeup has a formula that can be worn over, under or without makeup for a matte finish.
Maybelline New York Shine Free Oil-Control Loose Powder
Keep your greasy T-zone in check with this oil-control makeup powder. It glides on smoothly and evenly for a flawless, matte finish. Skin is kept fresh, clean and shine-free for hours. Best of all, it won’t cause blemishes or over-dry the skin. We like to wear it over makeup as a setting powder to hold everything in place, though it can be worn alone, as well.
Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray
It’s no secret that excess oil can begin to smudge your makeup over time. To help fight it, mist on this weightless spray makeup setting spray by Urban Decay. Its blend of high-tech ingredients control oil and deflect surface shine to help keep foundation, shadow and blush from smudging, sliding or fading. Bye-bye excess shine, hello vibrant, long-lasting makeup!
Garnier Clean+ Shine Control Cleansing Gel
To keep your oily skin feeling clean and fresh, a cleanser designed specifically for your skin type is best. That’s where this daily gel cleanser by Garnier comes in. The formula, which is infused with charcoal, draws out impurities like a magnet and dissolves dirt, excess oil and makeup, to leave the skin clean and shine-free. With continued use, skin’s clarity is visibly improved and pores may become less noticeable.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation provides you with an air-light texture and a demi-matte finish to leave skin looking shine-free. The formula offers up to 24 hours of wear, which — as you can imagine — is no easy feat to achieve on oily skin. For flawless coverage, smooth it onto your skin in circular motions.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner
Take your oil-control cleansing routine one step further with this non-drying, alcohol-free toner. It’s formulated to visibly reduce excess oil on the skin’s surface while leaving it instantly refreshed. The formula is made with Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract and Antarcticine to gently remove any remaining residue, dirt and oil without stripping skin of vital moisture.
Acne Free Witch Hazel Mattifing Toner
Toner is often overlooked in people’s skin-care routines, but it’s actually a key product in keeping the skin balanced. This mattifying toner by Acne Free is formulated with witch hazel, a natural astringent, and glycolic acid to remove excess oil and dirt. You apply it to the areas of your face where you typically have excess oil — like your T-zone — after you cleanse to balance the skin’s pH and keep the shine away.
SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50
Who said all sunscreens need to make your skin feel greasy? This broad-spectrum SPF 50 blend is formulated with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. It boasts an oil-absorbing protective base for a matte finish, plus a universal tint to help enhance and even skin’s tone. It’s one of our favorite products to wear underneath makeup because the weightless non-comedogenic mousse texture dries to a powder finish.
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque
Enhanced with Amazonian white clay, this pore cleansing mask by Kiehl’s helps eliminate debris and dead skin cells that can cause dullness, clogged pores and an increase in sebum. The unique formula of rich minerals also helps purify the skin, so pores appear minimized.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Micellar Water
If your T-zone produces excess oil, it’s time to put this purifying micellar water on your radar. It’s formulated with the brand’s beloved thermal spring water and excluding potential irritants like alcohol and parabens. Plus, it helps eliminate surface impurities and excess sebum to decrease your chances of breakouts.
Garnier SkinActive Clean + Purifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes
Fighting oily skin on the go or after a workout is crucial for keeping skin feeling and looking fresh. These oil-free cleansing towelettes help draw out pore-clogging dirt, oil and makeup while leaving the surface of your skin feeling hydrated. The best part? They’re gentle on the skin and won’t clog your pores.
Maybelline New York Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation
Excess oil can get in the way of a flawless finish to your makeup. For best results, reach for a mattifying foundation that will keep you looking both shine-free and luminous (in a non-greasy way). The Fit Me! Matte +Poreless Foundation is ideal for normal to oily skin types, as it features a pore-minimizing formula with mico-powders.