Ask any man what their chief skin complaint is, and oiliness is bound to be at the top of the list. They might not spend hours every morning achieving the perfect contour or stenciling their eyebrows to perfection (not yet, anyway), but our buddies from the other side of the gender-line are gradually opening up to the wonders of skincare, and yes, even makeup, to keep themselves looking fresh all day long.
But just what causes oily skin in the first place, and why does it seem like men get the raw-deal when it comes to that inevitable mid-afternoon shine? Here’s what you need to know.
Both men and women have glands lurking just beneath the surface of the skin. Known as sebaceous glands, they are essential for protecting your skin with natural lubrication in the form of an oil called sebum. Here’s where men and women are different, though: men also have high levels of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone. The cells in men’s sebaceous glands have more receptors for this hormone, overstimulating the glands and leading to excessively oily skin. Simple enough, right?
And though there’s not much any of us can do to control our hormone levels or how they express themselves in our bodies, there are a few ways to control the shine that are easy, quick, and effective.
Blot, blot, and blot some more
The simplest solution? Remove that excess oil as it appears throughout the day. And while most guys would probably reach for that roll of office paper-towels for the job, many more are discovering the joys of blotting papers specifically designed to make de-greasing quick work. Try something like NYX Professional Makeup Green Tea Blotting Paper – made with 100% pure pulp paper to absorb excess oils, and loaded with the antioxidant power of green tea extract to help leave skin beautifully matte and refreshed.
This one sounds a little odd – surely skin that’s already too oily doesn’t need any extra moisture, right? The truth is a little more complicated, and moisturiser can actually help keep that excess shine under control. Moisturising products help your natural sebum penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin. This not only reduces the appearance of oiliness, but it also helps to condition your skin effectively. Try adding a moisturiser specially formulated for oily skin into your daily routine – it might be able to reduce shine while restoring balance to oily skin.
Get out the big guns
Who says makeup isn’t manly? When all else fails, there are amazing mattifying products out there that can help disguise oily skin without anyone being the wiser! Products like NYX Professional Makeup HD Finishing Powder and Maybelline’s Matte Maker Powder are colourless, lightweight, and designed with a perfect matte finish in mind – perfect for a quick touch-up when you feel your skin becoming oily.
Men, it’s time to get serious about your skin! And with these three tips for defeating oily skin, we guarantee you a masculine, mattified glow-up (but only the right kind of glow, of course).