Loyal readers of this blog will know that I have issues with my combination skin. My t-zone transforms to an oil slick whenever I apply foundation. Within a couple of hours, I’ve had a makeup meltdown. So it’s been my lifelong battle to find a product that can stop the shine, but so far, many have failed to step up to the challenge.
I always thought girls with dry skin were lucky. That’s until top make up artist Shafika told me that oily/combination skin is better than dry, as your skin is more youthful. Though this made me feel better, I still needed a solution to blot the shine.
I’ve tried Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil Blotting Paper, Boots’ No 7’s Mattifying Makeup Base, and a host of others which I don’t care to remember.
More recently, my younger sister told me that she had learnt in her science class that Milk of Magnesia acts as a good primer for oily skin. I was a bit unsure as it’s an indigestion remedy, so I read up on this and found blogs praising its ability to stave off the shine. I began using it and I too found it to smooth out my skin and stop shine. I was so impressed that I was about to dedicate a whole blog post to it, before Shafika warned me off using chemicals on my skin that aren’t meant for skincare.
I researched further, and found Milk of Magnesia has incredibly strong alkaline properties, it’s just one PH factor below ammonia and two factors greater than bleach!!
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