We’re all for letting our natural beauty shine, but maybe not in the literal sense. It’s hard to pull off greasy, oily skin and still feel like a million bucks! Unfortunately, shine control isn’t always so simple. Sure, powder and blotting paper will keep it at bay, but it’s only a matter of time before that oil seeps through again.

The best long-term fix is adding an oil-balancing serums or facial oils to your regimen. These elixirs pull double-duty by reducing excess sebum and restoring your skin’s natural oil/moisture ratio over time. Just take our customers’ word for it! You’ll find 5 of their shine-busting favorites, below.

It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VB Effector, P390 Melissa, 25, Oily Skin: “At first, I thought this is one of the oil control products that will mattify but at the same time dry out your skin, but no! This one is very hydrating. It makes my skin plump and moist while controlling oil at the same time. Amazing! I use this every morning and evening, even under my makeup. My skin is now more balanced and healthy. I will be repurchasing this in the future! :)”

CosRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol, P850 Jemmie, 22, Oily Skin: “I have been battling with recurring cystic acne for almost 3 years now, and I have tried “everything” from natural remedies to prescription meds to help me clear up my skin, but I always fail. At first I was really reluctant to buy the Cosrx Skin returning A-sol because for me its a little bit pricey, but i have researched and seen positive reviews about the brand, so I took the leap and tried it and it was a miracle. I have seen results- in just a few days, my skin looked brighter and it controlled acne flares. I carefully followed the instructions because I was scared of purging if I won’t use it correctly but it didn’t happen! first product that was so gentle yet so effective that I can say it checked the box for one of my holy grail skincare products.”

Leiania House of Beauty Vit C & E Collagen Serum Concentrate, P380 Kay, 26, Combination Skin: “Within just 1 week of use, I started to notice that my skin is becoming less oily (I always consume 2 gatsby oil film sheets every 4 or 5 hours of work - now I never and dont have to use any), and whenever I breakout, 1 only have 1 or 2 pimples which are super small compared to what I usually get, and they heal within 3 days or less without leaving any trace. Oh, did I mention that it also lightened my scars? You bet it did!”

Pyunkang Yul Moisture Serum, P1,250 Samantha, 36, Sensitive: “ I have very oily skin and I was afraid that this serum would make it more oily and shiny but surprisingly, it didn’t. It even reduced the oil and shine while keeping my face moisturized. It also doesn’t have any sticky or oily residue. Perfect for Philippine climate.”

Lumiere Organiceuticals Organic Cold-Pressed Argan Oil, P880 Rizza, 29, Oily Skin: “I have just recently purchased this item and I must say that it has reduced my face from oiling up especially on the T-zone area. And I have noticed my pores starting to shrink and some of my sunspots lightening, - This is truly a miracle worker! I am obsessed with this product and have made this my three times a day routine. I really hope they start selling this in bigger bottles.”


Credits: Videos and Photos by Kat Austria

Music: Future Funk by Joakim Karud.

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