Get the most out of your new buys with our experts’ six steps for a more matte complexion.

1.    Diagnose your skin

‘There are three skin types: dry, oily and combination,’ explains Dr Murad. ‘But each skin type can experience varying levels of oiliness, from all-over oily, combination (a greasy T-zone) or blemished (caused by sebum build-up in pores).’ He recommends using a cleanser, toner and moisturizer suited to your skin type, followed by a treatment product (such as a T-zone gel, a mask or mattifying product) specific to your oil level.

Unnecessarily opting for an entire skincare range for oily skin will only create problems. ‘The number of oil glands varies in different areas of the face,’ says Fiona. ‘On the T-zone, there are 900 oil glands per square centimeter, whereas there are just 300 on the rest of the face.’

2.    Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse!

Forget a quick rub with a face wipe, when it comes to oily skin, our experts emphasise the importance of a thorough cleansing regime. ‘Without proper cleansing, bacteria can survive – and thrive – on your skin, leading to breakouts,’ says Dr Murad. Choose a cleanser suited to your skin type, that also contains calming ingredients like rose or chamomile. We like This Works Clean Skin Gentle Cleanser, $28.5, which contains rosehip oil and eucalyptus to decongest, plus frankincense oil to balance. Massage your cleanser in before removing with warm water – if it’s too hot, it can increase sebum production. Do it first thing and before bed. ‘Skin repairs during the sleep cycle, so you want to ensure it has a clean, balanced environment to do so,’ says Dr Murad. Once a week, use a mask like REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask, $27, while washing your pillow cases, make-up brushes and face cloth weekly is a good idea, too.

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This Works Clean Skin Gentle Cleanser

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REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask

3.    Scrub smart

‘The greasier your skin, the greater the need for an exfoliating agent,’ says Dr Tympanidis. ‘Exfoliating keeps the epidermis [the top layer of your skin] free of oil and dead skin cells.’ That said, you need to ensure you choose the right kind; harsh textures (think grains, scrubs and granules) can irritate your skin, causing it to produce more oil. Instead, opt for peels or exfoliating agents such as mild glycolic or salicylic acid to exfoliate without the abrasiveness, and use up to three times a week. Our favourite? Vichy Normaderm Exfoliating Gel Scrub, $15.9, which uses salicylic acid to slough away dead cells, boost radiance and leave skin fresh.

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Vichy Normaderm Exfoliating Gel Scrub

4.    Moisturize wisely

It’s a myth that oily skin types don’t need a moisturizer. ‘Moisturisers add water to the skin, not oil, and even oily skins need hydration,’ says Dr Murad.look for lighter, oil-free formulas if you have all-over oily skin and an SPF of at least 15 to protect from sun sensitivity and humidity. If you like to start with a serum, BalanceMe Congested Skin Serum, $24, works on all skin types to calm stressed skin. Then, try Decléor Aroma Pureté Shine Control Oxygenating Fluid, $36, which uses zinc to regulate sebum and an oxygen complex to boost circulation. Ingredients-wise, look for tea tree, lavender, benzoin or camomile for their antiseptic and skin-calming qualities. Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Day Cream SPF15, $7.5, contains willow bark to enhance skin renewal and prevent blemishes, or try Clarins HydraQuench Lotion SPF15, $50.5, which hydrates and refreshes, while shielding skin from heat and humidity.

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BalanceMe Congested Skin Serum

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Decléor Aroma Pureté Shine Control Oxygenating Fluid

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Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Day Cream SPF15

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Clarins HydraQuench Lotion SPF15

5.    Tailor your make-up

An oil-free base is essential. We rate Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup, $32.5, a light, liquid foundation that contains willow bark extract to absorb excess oil, or Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Combination to Oily Skin, $14.99, with oil-absorbing ingredients.

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Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup

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Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Combination to Oily Skin

Apply your moisturizer first, then blot with a tissue to pick up excess moisture before you put on your make-up. It’s also worth investing in an oil-free primer to stop your make-up sliding off before lunch. Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer Blemish and Shine Control, $43.5, uses probiotics to control bacteria and gives a smooth, matt finish, while Benefit The Pore Fessional, $32.5, is lightweight and packed with skin-protecting vitamins. Finally, blot when necessary with Shiseido Oil Control Blotting Papers, $26.5, which are brilliant for soaking up shine when you’re on the go. Happy, healthy, gorgeous skin? Voilà!

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Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer Blemish and Shine Control

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Benefit The Pore Fessional

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Shiseido Oil Control Blotting Papers

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