by Liz on 03.22

I like skirts. I enjoy wearing heels. I wear a little make-up most everyday. And, I slipped out of the habit, but have gotten back into having painted nails at all times.

But I’m pretty minimal about it all. I don’t really “do” my hair in the morning. It is what it is- just a matter of deciding whether it’s up or down. My beauty regimen consists of :



And that’s about it.

The problem being that now that it’s getting warm, my skin is already shiny. It’s MARCH.

To spare myself months of oily agony, I’m thinking about being a fancy grown-up lady and trying something special for my poor face. Anyone have suggestions?

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Rachel T. says:
Mar 22, 2012 5:29 am

I hear bare minerals is great or any sort of mineral make-up, especially for oily skin or the summer heat. I have dry skin, so I can’t tell you from experience, but I have lots of friends who swear by it!


Jen says:
Mar 22, 2012 6:15 am

My skin used to be oily too, and as crazy as it sounds, it is tons better since I started using oil as face wash and lotion. I use an olive oil/castor oil blend for face wash ( and coconut oil at night for skin lotion (

I definitely thought my skin would break out when I started using oil on my oily skin, but it has done the opposite and balanced my skin so it is a lot less oily and dull. The best part is that it is really cheap too! Burt’s Bees face wash cost $2.00 per ounce and the oil face wash costs approximately $.68 per ounce. You’ll have to let me know what you think if you try it!


Shaelyn says:
Mar 22, 2012 7:24 am

I know what you mean, and it’s so frustrating to feel like you have an oil slick after a couple of hours. Do you moisturize? Sometimes our skin overproduces oil because it’s not getting enough moisture, so make sure you’re using an oil-free moisturizer. Since it sounds like you don’t use foundation right now, keep it light and use a matte powder. I like Neutrogena’s, and I recently purchased this powder from 100% Pure (, which keeps me oil-free all day! I got a Groupon for the site, so maybe they’ll have another one soon.

And, of course, these guys are always good:

I’ve also noticed a difference since I started using Witch Hazel, which is available at the drugstore and really cheap, as a toner at night.


Rachelle says:
Mar 22, 2012 7:27 am

Have you tried those oil absorbing sheets? It’s kind of horrifying/awesome because they turn clear as they absorb the oil from your face so it’s a little like when your fast food bag goes clear from grease (ick) BUT obviously they do the job.

Are you only looking for skin care recommendations or make-up ones too?


liz says:
Mar 22, 2012 8:47 am


And yesss. I love those things. It’s funny horrifying and interesting something like that can be. (see also: biore strips)


Beth says:
Mar 22, 2012 9:24 am

Do they still SELL Biore strips?


liz says:
Mar 22, 2012 9:27 am

I thought so! Am I wrong?


Sarah says:
Mar 22, 2012 9:53 am

They do! I bought some last week. At least I’m in good company!


Jenny- Adventures Along the Way says:
Mar 27, 2012 10:32 am

Yes. I bought some recently and have been using them again (after not using them for years.) Really gross and fascinating at the same time.


Stephanie Ivy says:
Mar 22, 2012 9:39 am

I know this sounds really bizarre and counter-intuitive, but I know a lot of people who have oily skin who have sworn by the method of cleaning with oil.

I haven’t tried it, but I have seen great improvements in two good friends who are using the method. Sounds weird, I know, but:


Jenny- Adventures Along the Way says:
Mar 27, 2012 10:35 am

I also recently tried washing my face with olive oil. And it did seem less oily, which was weird. But I got a zit, but I think that was either due to the fact that I was washing with 100% olive oil (I didn’t cut it with some other oil) and because it was a very high-stress time. I am still open to the idea because it felt good, but trying it in a stressful time caused too many variables. Will probably try again soon. (Though I do use it to remove my eye make-up and it works well at that. Other removers usually make my eyes burn and get rid, so I will stick with this. And I also have done a olive oil and sugar hair scrub several times this winter to moisturize my hair. And used olive oil on dry skin too as a lotion.)


nikki says:
Mar 22, 2012 9:54 am

apply loose mineral powder with a fluffy brush


Savychacha says:
Mar 22, 2012 11:53 am

This stuff right here is amazing!

It actually has ground up diamond powder in it. I ordered a jar over 6 months ago and still have half a jar left. I use it everyday. I just use a kabuki brush to apply it. I apply it under my foundation and it keeps the oil away almost all day, and I have pretty oily skin. It has made a huge difference for me. When you first apply it you do get a bit of a powdery look, but after a few minutes it soaks in and looks like your skin only better. Since you don’t normally wear alot of face makeup, this would be easy to put into your routine, and take all of 30 seconds to apply. Best part is that it never feels cakey or heavy, and you can reapply later in the day if you notice the shine come back. If you google the name of the product it will pull up all kinds of awesome reviews too. Hope this helps!


Katie says:
Mar 22, 2012 2:58 pm

Hi Liz! I use Earth Science Vitamin ADE facewash once or twice a day, just a dab, it cost less than $10 and lasts over 6 months, and a drop of jojoba oil as moisturizer for oily skin and my skin is healthier than ever. Jojoba oil doesn’t clog pores and a small bottle will last over a year.


soleil says:
Mar 30, 2012 8:42 am

This might sound weird, but I use honey to wash my face and a little jojoba after to moisturize. My skin stays clear and balanced and feels soft. Also, it makes those spots that are trying to become wrinkles disappear. Since I’ve been doing this my skin rarely breaks out, but when it does I dab tea tree oil on the offending blemish and it usually clears up in a day or two.


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