SKINCARE: ASK SALEWA: OILY SKIN

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Hi dear, am so glad I found your blog today. Went through your write up and its so educating.
I have a little issue with my face and I don't know if you can be of help. I have pimples and spots on my face. As if that's not enough my face is like a mini oil factory. I ve tried all manner of products like black opal, iman.mac,mary Kay,sleek and black up. Nothing seems to work.my face gets oily after a while making my make up look cakey.I ve tried black opal mattifier and iman mattifying primer and I still don't get the desired result.
Please can u recommend a product I can try out. - TB

Hi Salewa, please I don't know what to do, my oily face is bad. when I use foundation it ends up dripping and forming a map on my face due to the oil, I have used so many products but all to no avail..what can I do? - Jane O
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Oily skin seems to be a beeyotch threatening girls' beauty and flyness all around, but we won't have it! Now let me say that if you have an oily face, it would definitely produce oil and you might not be able to stop it. The best you can do is to control how it makes you break out and how much it tampers with your makeup. That being said, I tell people all the time, you can't just use a single product and expect the oil to stop. Infact some people think when they use mattifying creams and primers, they won't get oily even though you use the akara to rub their face :o

Okay let's take it step by step




(please note that products listed here, are products that may be easy for you to get here in nigeria, this doesnt limit the scope. Also products I mention in this post are products that I either own or have tried on myself or other people and worked.)


SKINCARE

You have to have a skincare routine!! You have to! If you don't, please read this post on how you can form your own routine without breaking the bank.

My secret weapon for skin care for oily skin is BLACK SOAP.



Please I'm not talking about the one they use to wash peoples 'heads on African Magic Yoruba while they are carrying sacrifice for money ritual on the road, not DUDU OSUN and the others,I'm talking about pure unadulterated black traditional soap which is usually dark brown in color not black.. It has different names, Anago, Alata simena, Ose Dudu.  This soap dried up my skin I had to stop using it...I bought mine in Accra, because THEY said they have the best, but truly and truly it kept the oil at bay. Use morning and night in place of your normal cleanser and see it also fight blemishes and acne.

Another product I live by is the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque


....I cannot rave enough about this product, it is great for oily skin! You have to HAVE this product.


MAKEUP

For makeup, primers as we all know are important. They reduce the oil and shine while giving your foundation something to hold on to and making it last longer. The trick to primers is, buy a matching primer. If you are using a water based foundation, use a water based primer...imagine using a water based primer and using an oil based foundation... water and oil....you know they don't mix, hence making your face an atlas with orisirsi maps. The best thing to do is, if you use a Mary Kay foundation, use a Mary Kay primer, you can't go wrong that way, because it could be hectic deciding which is water based and which is oil or silicone based.

Secret weapon for primer would have to be Milk of Magnesia.


This is a drug, Magnesium hydroxide that treats constipation, upset stomach, or heartburn. This medicine is a laxative and an antacid and is widely used as a face primer. Milk of Magnesia (MOM) is a great cleanser and toner. It can be used to help minimize pore size and to eliminate blackheads. Using it as a base under you makeup can help combat very oily skin and make your makeup look so matte and fresh. MOM could be a headache to get in Nigeria so a great substitute is MISMAG! You know that sticky white liquid we didn't like to use when we were younger, yeah it is a good primer. As with everything in this life, moderation is key as some experts say excessive use of magnesium on the face can cause skin to sag if it's too dry. Use with a cotton ball all over your face, allow to dry then apply your foundation. Magic

Other primers I would recommend is Black Up Mattifying Primer, Mary Kay Primer used with Mary Kay Timewise foundation ( divine!), Smash box primer, Boots No7 primer, and Jay Manuel override silicone primer(great stuff!)
 

When it comes to foundation and powders, you see, even the most expensive OIL FREE FOUNDATIONS still contain oil, no matter how small. So having that in mind, I'd recommend Revlon Colorstay, Iman perfect response, Fashion Fair Oil free creme to powder ( my bestest foundation eveeer!), MaryKay TIMEWISE foundation (pink and black tube). Zaron oil free creme to powder, has been stripped to the lowest degree of oil. It is really dry, it is even a bother to apply at times because of its dryness, you should try it out! If you can get your hands on the Makeup Atelier Gel Foundation, it is a really great product. Black Opal Invisible Oil Blocking Powder is also a steal, it is colorless and can be used as a finishing powder, I never go on set w/o this product!

Fashion Fair Oil-Free Perfect Finish Crème to Powder Makeup



Setting sprays are also a good investment if you want to go all the way. They are like hairsprays for makeup, that keep makeup in place for a long time. Now the ONLY setting spray that I have used that does exactly what it says is SKINDANAVIA MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY!!

They come in Bridal, No more shine and original, 10 years younger and moisture lock. I do have 3 out of these, and they are not so different from each other, it wouldn't matter which one you got. ELF does these too, MAC, Urban Decay but to me they are a total waste of money especially MAC's fix+ which does nothing but unmatte the face.

I'd recommend oil blotting sheets if you have that type of unforgiving oily skin. When the oil starts rearing its ugly head, all you have to do is take a sheet and blot out the oil without tampering with your makeup, ( we gat to do what we gat to do)

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EXTRA TIPS

After applying your foundation, just before you use your powder, use a tissue to blot out the oil. The tissue will suck out the oil while leaving the pigments on your face. Learned this from my Fav Fav Fav Fav beauty guru in the whole wide world, GossTheMakeupArtist and it goes a long way in keeping the face matte.

Next is to use a Powder Puff instead of a powder brush. Press in your powder puff into your skin instead of just dusting your face with a powder brush. Press Press and Press. The powder puff will absorb the oil and seal in the powder..Infact just try this step w/o powder when you are all oily, press the powder puff to your face and see how it will absorb the oil. I use this trick on set all the time.

If you do not have a seriously blemished face, stay away from pancaking your face all the time. Pick where you have blemishes, cover with some foundation or concealer as the case may be and finish with your powder!

That's all I've got for now ladies! If you have a particular product or trick that helps you keep the oil and bay, PLEASE!! do share, let us know!

The Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, Mary Kay Primer, No7 Boots Primer, Zaron and Iman foundation, mentioned in this post are available at shopolumakovers, don't search too far! And remember we deliver NATIONWIDE!

Hope this helps! Thanks for reading and keep sending your questions. Next posts in this series are about Ombre lips, Contouring, Everyday makeup (tutorial), smokey eyes and brushes . Don't miss it! also check back for the post on THE BROW COMPETITION later this week!


Your Comrade in Beauty,


  





Omosalewa

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33 comments

  1. WoooooW,learnt a lot today...Thanks oby

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  2. Yay. ........ I love this post, very educative..... Thanks shally

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  3. Oghenerume03 June, 2013

    Thanks a bunch babe. This is an ultimate problem to us 'Opec' (oil producing) girls. The black soap how should we apply it? Rub on our face leave for a time frame and wash or what, please I didn't get that part clearly.

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    1. Yeah you could leave it on for like 5 mins and wash off, or just use as you use your normal cleanser...xx

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    2. Anonymous09 June, 2013

      Dont rub too hard, excessive rubbing leads to an increased oil/ sebum production. see "what to avoid" on Oily skin-care help . com


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  4. Thanks for those tips at the end. Learnt something new.

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    1. And by the way, Queen Helene mint julep masque is the truth!

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    2. Testify!!! It is one of the beauty products I cannot do without! x

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  5. This is great article. Through this we can easily solve our problem regarding skin and beauty.

    Regards,
    obagi nu derm starter kit

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  6. The makeUp messiah thanks dear wld try tips I hvnt tried before
    Medeasi..

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  7. talatu olorunnisola03 June, 2013

    Babe u are a guru.I reside in abuja and I would like some of the product listed abt oilly face.what are the charges and how will the get to me.

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    1. Anonymous06 July, 2013

      Girl! if u ve oily skin u certainly need d black soap, after reading about it, a friend of mine got it frm ghana, wit jst 2 days of using it, its a prayer answered 4 dos wit oily skin. Salewa u re a face saver.

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  8. I'm definitely gonna try the mismag stuff. Hope it works! Heard great stuff about the mint julep! How do I place my order

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  9. This is great blog for me because my skin is also oily.

    Regards,
    obagi nu derm starter kit

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  10. QuEen helene mint julep masque!!!I got 2 knw abt it 4rm ur blog,tried it and I av no regrets....I av an oily skin too and I av learnt more 4rm dis post,wld try d black soaap and mismag..yay shalewa!good job dear.tanx!

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  11. Plss would d black soap av any effect on our complexion?

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    1. No Nneka, it wont make you darker or lighter

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  12. Can d mismag b appied on d face normally. Like over nyt.

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    1. Yes it can be applied overnight. wash off in the morning and apply your makeup.

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  13. Anonymous05 June, 2013

    muaaaaaah!!!!! you are a very big darling. thanks for this post.

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  14. really nice post Salewa

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  15. Anonymous16 June, 2013

    Hi thanks for the tips. The Ghana soap ur talking abt, is it the ones usually wrapped in brown paper? And pls where can I get the skindanavia setting spray?
    Also I've got bags and wrinkles on my eys, what d o u recommend? Thanks

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  16. Anonymous17 June, 2013

    Helo salewa pls which mismag product is gud for oil control. And pls mismag is dt whitish drug we use for stomach upset, am I right, so as not to buy wht is not. Reply

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  17. Appriciate your oily skin care tips.

    Thanks buddy..

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  18. Anonymous24 June, 2013

    Thanks salewa! Dis was a great write up, i'm all out looking 4 d black soap, d colour looks different from wat des yoruba women sell down here, as regards the makeup products u mentioned, nothing was said about bm pro and tara. Do u make use of made? if yes, wat is ur recommendation. Salewa u re d best.

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  19. BESTEST beauty blogger! U deserv an award! Tnx a bunch for d sharing

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  20. Hi Salewa thanks so much for this post I do have oily skin and this is so helpful pls can you dp a post on ben nye Topez I got it inplace of the banana and don't know if I'm using it the right way cos I use it to set my foundation usin a brush but aft few hours my foundation looks cakey am I doin something wrong?

    Susan

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  21. Loved the last tips. Those are very beneficial to take care of skin and to apply the best make over. Thanks a tone.

    Regards
    Stella
    Health and Wealth

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  22. Good post dear,learnt a lot

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  23. Can u use both milk of magnesia and primer? If yes, how?

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  24. OMG...THIS POST WAS JUST SO AWESOME AND INFORMATIVE!!! It's what I've been looking for. Love your blog...You've got a new follower for sure! Keep up the great work!

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  25. Thanks dearie for the educative post........ please I want to buy fashion fair creme to powder from an online store. which should i buy as per colour? I use marykay 607 foundation

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