DIY Face Primer for Oily Skin: Calamine Lotion
I have suffered from oily skin for as long as I can remember, and the older I get the worse it gets. Incidentally, my skin has gotten SOOOO much better since I’ve been using the prescription Retin-A to treat my hormonal acne. But while my acne has improved, my oily skin is still an issue.
For a long period of time I had great luck using Milk of Magnesia as a primer. To date, my Milk of Magnesia Primer video is one of my most highly viewed videos. But guess what? Milk of Magnesia was AWFUL to my skin. And what’s worse, it eventually stopped working.
Today, I’m using Calamine Lotion and I couldn’t be happier. It’s soothing, great for acne, and it helps to mattify your face before applying your foundation. Here’s how I use it:
Step 1. Wash your face with a good cleanser meant for oily skin. I LOVE the tea tree oil cleanser sold at Trader Joes. I reviewed it HERE. I also highly recommend Ren Clarimatte™ T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel.
Step 2. Moisturize your skin (YES, Moisturize!) If your skin is producing too much sebum (oil), it’s because your face thinks you need it. My fav oil-free moisturizer for oily skin is Zero Oil™ Oil-Free Moisture Lotion
Step 3: Shake up your bottle of calamine lotion and pour a small amount into the cap.
Step 4: Use a Stipling brush (like this $3 one by Elf I picked up at Target) to apply an even coat of the lotion to your face.
Don’t be scared, but you’ll look like this right after you apply it.
But once you’ve applied your foundation on top, you won’t see it at all. Don’t believe me? Check it out:
Super Easy and effective! Try it and let me know how you like it!
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