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My oily skin is too oily no matter what I try

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder Review

There are tons of positive reviews of the Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder and  I was very eager to try it. Once I did -I liked it ( at first). It did what it promised- it made my skin mat. But, I will most likely not repurchase it and here is why. When I use this powder, my skin becomes absolutely mat, but the sort of mat that makes my skin look tired and  dull... And! The mat effect does not last longer than 30 min.

I know. There is no pleasing me. One moment I want mat skin, the next moment I complain that it is too mat. What's my problem? But hear me out. I have seen how I look on photographs with  shiny, oily skin and then with mat skin. I actually look more youthful with a  skin that is oilier.

What I think I'd like is skin that looks normal- neither oily nor mat. You know how children's skin is glowing not because of  oil. I have found that using blotting papers give me that "normal skin" effect, but they are too fiddly to deal with. They are too thin and too small. I try to take one out, but three get stuck to my fingers. As my skin is quite oily, I end up using 8 for my whole face. (sigh) They are just tiring to use. And even though they eliminate the shine, the sebum finds its way out in 30 minutes or so. ( another sigh)

Ideally this is what I'd like:
1.A product that takes away the shine but doesn't make my skin look dull and tired.
2.A product that perhaps absorbs the sebum and leaves the skin refreshed and dewy but not oily.
3.A product that helps the skin produce less oil.

Do you have any suggestions?

A few years ago, I came across an article on the benefits of topical Green tea extract for sebum reduction. I was very excited to try some products containing Green tea extract, but I don't remember being able to find any. At the time I knew nothing about Korean skincare. Actually I did take Green tea tablets for a bit, but didn't notice any sebum reduction. Were they not strong enough or did I not take them long enough? I don't know.

A few days ago, as I was thinking of writing this review, all of a sudden I thought about Green tea and found the same blog I read a few years back.

Here is the link for you

I remembered that Innisfree have some products containing Green tea and  so I ordered Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Essence and Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Cream. So stay tuned for a review of those. See update below. I wonder though, do you think I could use the essence as a mist? During the day, I'd love to use something that refreshes my skin, moisturizes and regulates sebum - all at the same time. I will let you know if I try it as a mist. (wink)

So, the quest for a supple, dewy, but not oily skin continues. Stay tuned :-)

Update 15/02/17 I received the Green Tea Fresh essence and cream by Innisfree. They are totally not what I expected. Using the Essence as a mist? What was I thinking? This essence is like an emulsion, it is not watery like Missha First treatment essence.

Both products, the Green tea essence and cream are hugely moisturizing and leave my skin wet looking. The make up absorbs some of that moisture, but 30 min later I am wet looking again and this goes on throughout the day. Very annoying...

No shine or oil control, but hugely moisturizing- that is what I can say about the two products. The cream is the most moisturizing cream I had ever used, it leaves my skin supple for hours and hours. It can be used as a sleeping mask, but to be honest I don't really need such intense moisturisation. ( Is there such a word?)  I will not repurchase either of these products. Even if they improve oil production overtime, I can't put up with wet looking face all day long.


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