The Surprising Way to Make Your Face Less Shiny

With a product you definitely already have

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Even on those days when we can’t be bothered to do our hair and makeup, we would never, ever leave the house without deodorant. But for a product we thought we understood, it’s surprised us not once, but twice. First, we found out that we were applying it all wrong. Now we hear that we can put it on our face. Innnteresting. Here’s what’s up.

What you need: A stick of deodorant. (Please say you’ve got at least one.)

What you do: Dab a bit onto your index and middle fingers and apply the deodorant on your cheekbones and T-zone (you know, your forehead and nose area) to prevent shine.

Why it works: Deodorant--which works wonders to keep your armpits nice and dry--has a similarly mattifying effect on the parts of your face that are most prone to looking oily. On top of that, if you're using a natural blend, it could contain mineral salts that can help dry out zits and minimize breakouts.

And hey, now you can save money on those pesky blotting papers that always end up at the bottom of your purse.

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Jenny Jin

Beauty Director

Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...
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