My Oily Skin Care Routine

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It is so important to have a clear and radiant canvas to paint beautiful cosmetic paintings on everyday! It’s all about finding that ideal routine that leaves you with skin you can be proud of showing off. For me and a lot of other women, finding a way to deal with an oily complexion can be a project! It has taken some time but I can say that I have gotten my oily skin care routine down to a science! From day to night, here is everything I do:


My face is always oily when I wake up so after brushing my teeth, I splash my face with warm water. I find that using a cleanser in the morning strips my skin too much so this is a better option for me to keep some of that moisture. I then pat my face dry and apply moisturizer. Another option for oily skinned girls is to apply micellar water to give the skin a light cleanse.

Before Makeup

Girls with oily skin will know: primers are a must! I have tried several kinds over the years and settled on the famous one from Smashbox. However, a few months ago, I saw a blogger raving about Rimmel’s Stay Matte Primer and I decided to give it a try. OMG this $6.00 primer is the best thing I have ever put on my face. It’s moisturizing and it keeps me shine-free all day. It is definitely my holy grail.

Whenever I am doing any kind of eye makeup, I always preface it with Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion to prevent creasing. I lightly dust any eye look with a translucent powder to lock it in, especially if it’s winged liner.

During the Day

Blotting during the day is a must for oily skin. So many brands make blotting papers now (like these from NYX) and you can just throw them in your purse. I find they are much better to use than reapplying powder all day and caking your face up. But honestly, I have not had to use my blotting papers too much ever since I started using the Rimmel primer! It has made a world of a difference.

My Everyday Nighttime Ritual

This is my normal everyday routine and the goal here is to remove as much makeup as possible. Unfortunately, most cleansers do not remove every bit of makeup and your left with remnants on your face. This can cause acne and even more oil production (which is the last thing we need).

I start off my routine by wiping my skin down with Aveeno Ultra-Calming makeup wipes. When doing this, I focus on really getting all my mascara and eye makeup off since you can’t really do that with a soapy cleanser (that would be painful). I also do this so that my cleanser is actually cleaning my bare face and not just mopping around makeup.

After this, I cleanse my face. This is something I experiment with but right now I am using Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask and I am liking it a lot. I pat my face dry with a towel and use Burt’s Bees Clarifying toner on a cotton pad to cool my face down and remove any excess makeup. You would be surprised how much is left after using makeup wipes and a cleanser! Finally, I moisturize really well and include my neck and chest.

My Sometimes Nighttime Ritual

This is ONLY for when I get home late and just want to go to bed as soon as possible. On these days, I will use the Aveeno wipes and rinse my face with water to get the residue from the wipes off. If I’m up to it, I’ll use toner but I’ll always moisturize. This doesn’t get every bit of makeup off but it’s much better than going to bed with a full face on. This is not meant to be an everyday routine.

Face Masks

Using face masks can really help with oil control. Many of them contain clay or charcoal, which have great effects on oily skin. However, they are rather strong ingredients which is why these masks should only be used once or twice a week.

I like to use L’Oreal’s Pure Clay Masks, specifically the red algae one because it doesn’t leave my skin stripped or feeling dry. It does a great job of clearing out blemishes and leaving me with a brighter complexion.


It is so important to form your own oily skin care routine! These are just some of my favorite ways to control my oily skin so you are welcome to conduct your own experiments with products and rituals. The important part is that you always remove your makeup and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! If you are interested in more of my skin care tips, check out my Quick Guide To Skin Care.

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My Oily Skin Care Routine

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  • Reply Mackenzie

    I too have oily skin and have struggled with acne. This post was beyond helpful!! Thank you for sharing!

    Mackenzie |

    September 29, 2015 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply Jenn

    Such great advice – especially love your tips that are worth repeating! I think those are all super important for preventing breakouts!

    September 30, 2015 at 1:28 pm
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