10 life-changing hacks for oily skin



I know I go on about my train wreck of a skin (my crater like pores and the sheer amount of oil I suffer with) but girl, the struggle is real! It’s infuriating spending (wasting?) time on your makeup in the morning only to have it melt away before elevensies, or trying to touch it up and ending up looking caked like a gateau.


And believe me, I’ve tried pretty much every trick in the book to keep the oil off my face. I’m talking about some serious trial and error. And I think I’ve finally cracked it. It looks like a lot of work but it’s not really. It’s just tweeking your normal skincare routine slightly and it probably won’t add more than a few minutes to your morning makeup sessions.



1. Cleansing is super important

Cleansing your skin properly from any impurities and left-over makeup is even more important if you have oily skin – you’ll only end up oilier if you don’t do it properly! I personally use Garnier’s Cleansing Lotion “Start a Fresh” to gently take the bulk off and then finish the cleanse with Garnier Mattifying Micellar Water. I find this takes care of any pesky residue that may linger on my skin.


2. Masks are for life, not just Halloween

Your skin needs a deep cleanse and some proper full-body-contact love every now and again and mattifying clay masks are great for this! They’re simple to use and they work miracles on your oily skin. I like to use L’oreal Pure Clay Facial Masks which feel amazing and makes my skin look a million bucks without costing as much.


3. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!

 OK, there is the school of thought that you shouldn’t really moisturise too much because your skin is oily already and any extra moisturiser will just create more oil. Nah! Fact is that if your skin is dry it starts developing more oil in order to keep itself moisturised. Sneaky little bugger. Anyway, if you stick to oil free moisturisers like Nivea Daily Essentials Oil Free Moisturising Day Cream you’ll not only be fine, you’ll stop shining in no time.



4.Natural oils, baby!

I found out about this hack not long ago but boy was it a game changer! It sounds totally counterproductive to add oil to your already oily skin but here’s the trick: when you introduce natural oils to your skin care routine your skin thinks it doesn’t need to develop any more oil and hey presto, the amount of oil on your skin will start to reduce. Just slather some on your face right before bedtime and boom! You’re sorted. You don’t need to invest into some super expensive pots from the chemist though, just your bog standard coconut oil from the local supermarket is perfect. Coconut oil has loads of health benefits and trust me, apart from tasting delicious it’ll be your new best friend on the skin care department too.


5. Baseless accusations

No matter how much you cleanse and oil though, if you don’t give a good base for your makeup it’s going to slip and slide and eventually melt off. So a decent primer is essential. Choose a pore minimising and an oil reducing one for best results. I love Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer which does both with ease and leaves my skin looking like someone just photoshopped all my flaws away.


8. Fix that primer right on

Now this is a sneaky little trick but I promise you, it works. Once you’ve applied your primer, spray some setting spray on it. This will set your primer and will create an extra layer for the oil to try and get through and trust me, it won’t. I know, it sounds crazy to use your setting spray at this point but don’t worry, you’ll use it to set the rest of your makeup once you’re all done but it genuinely helps your complexion stay proper matte. I like the Maybelline 24h Setting Spray for my setting needs but feel free to use which ever you like.



7. RIP Glow Foundations

If like me you suffer from oily skin, you should kiss goodbye to any foundation that promises a glowy or dewy finish. It won’t work. It will only exaggerate the oiliness of your skin. You will always need to opt for a matte finish foundation, which will keep that oil at bay. Sorry, hun, but it is what it is. Let’s all hold hands and say it together: “No glowy foundations for me”. We oily skin types can add glow by other means though, so it’s not all doom and gloom.


8. Skin deep foundation

Once you’ve applied your foundation, make sure you press it in. You can use your beauty blender, a sponge or your fingers but make sure you press it in properly. This will help the foundation stay on your skin for longer and again to block the pesky oil from coming to the surface.



9. Blotting paper

And finally, if all else fails, there’s always the trusty blotting paper. If you follow these hacks you hopefully shouldn’t need these, but we all have those days when no matter what we do we’re headed for shine city. So I like to have a set of NYX matte blotting papers in my bag just in case. They’re around £3 a packet and trust me, they are the bomb. Just press on your face and watch all the shine disappear.


10. Don’t stress

Apparently, research shows that those with oily skin age slower so yes, it’s a hassle, but we oily skin types get to enjoy our youthful looks for longer than, well, those who don’t have to struggle with having to blot your face every hour. I dare say we deserve some perks for putting up with it, don’t you? So don’t stress about it too much. Besides, stress also makes your skin produce more oil so… just don’t OK?


Have you tried these hacks? Have you some more for me? Hit a girl up in the comments.

  • Phaytea’s Pulse

    Loved reading this…will need taking away some pointers….it’s helpful

  • So far so Sabine

    When I was pregnant, my skin was more oily. Now it’s back to the way it was before. Blotting paper was my daily savior!

  • David Elliott

    My daughter would be all about the masks. She loves getting facials to help out with oily skin. I guess she just loves the comfort she gets with them as well.

  • I don’t have oily skin, mine is normal to dry but these hacks are really helpful and i think some of them i could follow as well. A good cleansing routine is the first step for glow and fresh face.

  • Tadeja Umek

    These are some helpful info. It’s funny because a lot of times people think they don’t need to put that much cream on their face when they have oily skin and they end up stripping it of everything so that the skin starts producing even more oil. Great tips!


  • A trick that worked for me is a long facial wash. I usually massage my face with facial wash for about a minute and rinse it with water from the shower for around the same time. 🙂

  • Great post! I call myself the Italian grease ball. LOL. my skin is horrible! Definitely going to save this post!

  • This is so true! I think a lot of girls will love this with oily skin!

    Thankyou for sharing ,

    Love , Tina ♡ http://www.savourbytina.com

  • Very good tips Kat, thank you so much for sharing this 🙂


  • Love these tips! I didn’t know most of them and they are great!
    Thanks for sharing this with us!

  • I have oily skin and know i need to be looking after it more sometimes life gets busy and i forget to moisturise or put my primer on but i really should. great tips (never used setting spray before)

  • Ree

    YES I hate my oily skin! We did a blog on Love30 stating all the health benefits from coconut oil so I really belive this helps. Great tips! I have a 2 step cleansing routine to help keep the oil at bay! Ree love30

  • Oh I know this struggle and I didn’t know some of these tips so thank you, going to start with masks 🙂

  • That’s a very lovely tips! I enjoyed reading it. I’ve combination skin and moisturizer is a must for day and night.

  • Great tips dear Katja! I am pretty lucky as my skin type is normal but daily cleansing is my number one priority in my beauty routine though!

  • Good tips! I’m using my own moisturiser (made out of essential oils) lately and it’s making my skin feel super soft, without making it look oily 🙂

  • These tips are great thank you for sharing.I need some blotting paper lol. The Garnier Micellar Water is great.

  • Jasmin N

    These tips are so useful! Wow, thanks for sharing 🙂

    ~ Jasmin N

  • Hey Katja,
    I found your tips really interesting and think these are great recommendations for those who are trying to help their skin externally. I am wondering if you have ever tried some internal ways of dealing with the oil? What we put into our bodies plays a huge role in how our bodies function and what they produce i.e acne, oil, rashes, odor etc. As a holistic nutritionist, I now have turned to looking inside when there is a problem outside!

    Just another way to look at things xx

  • Fantastic and very useful tips! Ive never tried setting sprays but might give it a try.