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We answer (almost) every question you’ve got on shine and visible pores
with skincare that (actually) work

There’s a difference between glowing skin and shiny skin. The first is the result of tactically placed highlighter or a fantastic skincare routine. The second? Well, let’s find out.

The skincare routine
you should try

If you’re churning through the mattifying powders and anti-shine blotting pads, you need to change your skincare regime. Fix the pore problem first, and you’ll save a lot of coin in the makeup aisle. From thinnest to thickest formula – as all skincare should be applied – here’s what you should try.


For a cleanser, keep it light and gentle. A simple wash, morning and night, with a gentle cleansing cloth, will remove excess oil without removing too much of the essential moisture in the skin. (Remember – remove too much oil and your glands will go into overdrive to compensate). Try removing your makeup with Ren’s Clarimatte T Zone Control Cleansing Gel. It’s a purifying formula, designed for oily skin, that works to decongest clogged pores. Clarifying cleansers are the ideal product for balancing-out overproduction of sebum. We really like Tata Harper’s Clarifying Cleanser too. It’s another gel formula, perfect for blemish-prone skin, that can be used as a ‘flash’ face mask – just apply the product, leave for 1-2 minutes, then wash off.

150ml, £23

125ml, £63


Follow with a toner. We like this Antipodes’ facial spray. It offers a dose of hydration straight after cleansing (that you can top-up throughout the day), while balancing moisture on the skin’s surface. Plus it smells of lavender, which is always a delight.

100ml, £19.99


A BHA is an exfoliant with salicylic acid that works to shed dead cells from the skin’s surface and inside the pores. Balance Me’s BHA Concentrate is our go-to. While the salicylic acid gets to work on dead cells, its anti-inflammatory, bio-active ingredients work to nourish and hydrate the skin. All the good words.

180ml, £26


For oily skin that’s sensitive to certain ingredients, we recommend Pai Skincare’s All Becomes Clear Serum. They’re known for their gentle skincare selection and this product definitely ticks that box – it’s Zinc PCA formulation works to prevent excess sebum production and promote collagen levels. Less shine, more plump, juicy skin.

30ml, £39


It’s a myth. That’s what we say to anyone who thinks oily skin doesn’t need moisturiser. Oily skin is crying out for moisturiser – give it what it wants, people, just keep it oil-free. We like this Indie Lee cream because it’s lightweight, full of soothing ingredients, and protects the skin from environmental aggressors. A clever little cream, really.

If you’re really into face masks, you don’t need to miss out. Try the Faace Sweaty Face Mask. It’s a daily (or weekly) treatment for oily skin that helps to soothe, tone and keep pores unclogged. It also has plenty of vitamin C and antioxidants to help fight blemishes. It even doubles up as a primer for the super oily skin types among us.

50ml, £45

100ml, £24


We’ve got a bit more wisdom on easing oily skin and it’d be rude to keep it to ourselves:

• Drink water. Yep, it’s the answer to everything. Skin concerns, hangovers, stalling time in job interviews. If you’re feeling dehydrated, then your skin is feeling it too. Drink up.

• We don’t have the nutritional expertise to tell you to cut out this or that from your diet, but dairy intake is considered to have an impact on skin. Maybe take note of what you’ve eaten on those really-oily-skin days and see if there’s pattern to the flare ups.

• While lifestyle and skincare changes can help to ease shine, hormones are always involved. Androgens, in this case. Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, menopause – these huge hormonal shifts can stimulate a variety of mood-changing hormones that can also affect our appearance.

Make sure to update us on your skincare journey @naturisimo – we’re nosey like that.

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