The mid-day sheen on my face was the bane of my existence, before I joined the Porcelain team. The oil made me look that much more unprofessional before the final interview, less attractive before the important date, less… me. That said, I’ve since learnt to be more confident in my own skin (literally and figuratively), and I’ve also learnt why my forehead’s constantly shiny when my skin’s supposedly dehydrated (not dry)!
I’ve also learnt that my guilty pleasure of washing my face to get rid of the oil and gunk in the middle of the day is completely okay – amongst other things. So here’s answering a question we got on our latest #DearPauline column with MTV VJ Hanli Hoefer:
“Would you recommend a mid-day facial cleanse for a person whose job requires extended physical activity throughout the day?
The answer is yes – just do it the right way.
TIP 1. MID-DAY CLEANSING:
THE ONE THAT MOST THINK MIGHT BE WRONG, BUT IS ALRIGHT
It’s not really a matter of when, but how you wash your face. Use a hydrating, sulphate-free cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of its natural moisture. This helps refresh your skin while replenishing it with moisture, so it’s less likely to think it’s too dehydrated and produce oil as a result. Go on with that mid-day cleanse, now!
TIP 2. TONING & MOISTURISING RIGHT AFTER:
THE ONE THAT MOST MISS OUT, BUT SHOULDN’T:
After the mid-day wash, remember to reapply your moisturiser and sunscreen afterwards. You’d done it once in the morning, so there’s no reason to skip it now. You’d washed off not just the oil, but the moisturizer and sun protection you previously had on as well. It’s not okay to miss out on this step.
Opt for an alcohol-free, moisturizing emollient that contains natural oils like jojoba or rose. Alcohol dries the skin – and we know what happens then…
TIP 3. BLOTTING:
THE ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DO, BUT ISN’T OKAY
We’re all guilty of this one. Blotters look really gross after they’ve been on our faces, but the more saturated they are with oil, the deeper the pleasure it secretly gives us. But that’s just one more thing I’ve learned. Blotters take away the oil but to compensate for that, your skin starts pumping out more. Often, this leads to clogged pores and acne – the very things we were trying to avoid. Powdered blotters are even more criminal because the powder not only clogs pores, but pushes the dirt and excess oil deeper in.
Blotters are marketed as a quick-fix, and while they’ll give you 5 minutes of gratification, they don’t help to fix the real root of the issue. What you need is to regulate your sebum and pH levels, which are processes that happen beneath the skin’s surface.
Instead, help yourself to that mid-day cleanse. Just remember Tips 1 & 2 to make sure you’re helping, rather than harming, your skin!
WAIT, WHAT’S #DEARPAULINE?
Think “Aunt Agony”, the advice column for personal problems, except “#DearPauline” is our version of a personal BEAUTY advice column! We will have it up on WearOhWhere for just 3 months and the first is up here! Like our #BareWithMe campaign and in collaboration with the amazing Wear Oh Where, we collaborate with different women from all walks of life and our first installment of #DearPauline (with Hanli Hoefer) is up now.