Prevent & Treat Face Shine - Dilemma of the Week

How can I prevent shine and treat my face when it gets shiny, besides using blotting papers?

This is a popular question. So many of us are plagued with extra oil, which as I've mentioned before is nature's own moisturizer (so take heed, it'll serve you well later on). Personally, I love blotting papers, as they're the only tool that absorbs oil after you've finished your makeup that won't add any texture or disturb the application. But there are other options:

There's a new gel containing an intense oil absorbing substance called Clinac O.C., a molecule that absorbs oil and shine. You'll need a prescription from your dermatologist, but it's quite state-of-the-art and lasts for several hours.

My all-time favorite powder is M.A.C Blot Powder, which comes in three neutral tones (light, medium and dark). I use it with a small brush for the subtlest coverage or target areas like the sides of the nose, for example. For wider areas I like to use a velour puff.

Blot powder works especially well for smoothing out blush, too. In the event you've applied too much, swipe the powder over the blush to diffuse the area, the result is smooth and matte, but not too matte.

I also recently discovered a product from Christian Dior's new iOd line, Aqua Powder. It's a fine, white, translucent powder that transforms into a mattifying fluid on the skin. It has a superthin texture, too, fairy dust.

For washing up, I'm crazy about Dr. Perricone's Alpha Lipoic Nutritive Cleanser, as excess oil is removed so gently, leaving the skin feeling truly fresh and smooth.

For the prevention of excess oil, become conscious of fat in your diet. For example, "good fat" comes from sources like extra-virgin olive oil, while "bad fat" comes from processed foods, which can totally throw the skin out of balance. (See Good Fats, Bad Fats at iVillage Diet & Fitness.)

Recommended Products:

Shiseido Pureness Oil Control Blotting Paper
Excellent tool for absorbing oil without altering makeup application.
Price: $12.50
Available: Fine department stores, Sephora,

Christian Dior iOd Aqua Powder
A brand new line from CD I was lucky enough to sample. A truly amazing invention, which comes out of the bottle like fairy dust (powder) and turns into mattifying fluid when it touches the skin. Use for shiny spots in lieu of powder.
Price: $31
Available: Department stores, Sephora,

N.V. Perricone, M.D. Alpha Lipoic Acid Nutritive Cleanser
My face has never felt so clean and smooth. Contains alpha lipoic acid, an antioxidant that works by repairing skin cells.
Price: $30
Available: (888) 823-7837,, Sephora,

M.A.C Blot Powder
I've said it before, but I'll say it again: "I can't live without this stuff!" Use it alone or over foundation. It adds no color or texture, it doesn't cake, and you only need a little to smooth your complexion.
Price: $15
Available: (800) 387-6707, M.A.C boutiques and counters,,

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