Summer can be a challenging time for skin care, especially for oily or acne-prone skin. So, today I’m here with summer skin care tips for oily skin. Anyone with oily skin knows that the heat, humidity and sweat on top of makeup can be extremely uncomfortable and make you feel like an oily mess! But not to worry, there are plenty of tweaks and summer skin care tips for oily skin that can help calm your skin so you don’t have to have a blotting sheet permanently applied to your forehead.
Table of contents:
- change cleansers
- wear sunscreen
- be soft and gentle
- exfoliate weekly
- forget foundation
- blot instead of powder
- use clay masks
1 Change Cleansers
One of the lesser known summer skin care tips for oily skin is that you might need an acne-fighting cleanser even if you aren’t prone to breakouts. The rationale behind this is that acne cleansers contain salicylic acid, which helps get rid of excess oil and sebum so you’re less likely to be oily throughout the day. Salicylic acid is also known for helping keep pores clean and gently removing excess skin. If you’d rather DIY it, try making a mask of mashed strawberries (a natural source of salicylic acid) with a squeeze of lemon to brighten and reduce oil.
2 Wear Sunscreen
According to Allure, wearing certain types of sunscreen can help keep oil in check. They suggest skipping your regular moisturizer in the morning for a mineral based sunscreen that contains micronized zinc, titanium oxide or denatured alcohol to absorb oil and keep skin matte. Remember to use a teaspoon for your face and a shot glass worth of sunscreen for your body.
3 Be Soft and Gentle
Oily skin can be so frustrating at times that it might drive us to scrub our skin really hard or use harsh products on our skin. But that’s not the way to go! All skin types naturally produce oil that’s meant to protect our skin from minor irritations and keep skin hydrated. If we scrub our skin too hard in an attempt to reduce shine, we can actually end up stimulating oil glands. Always be gentle when handling skin and use mild cleansers to keep skin balanced.
4 Exfoliate Weekly
Exfoliating is a very important part of any skin care routine. It’s especially important for oily skin to help control oil production, get rid of dead skin cells, prevent clogged pores and help skin better absorb any other oil-controlling skin care products you might be using. Look for gentle facial exfoliators that won’t over-dry or irritate skin. Oily-skinned ladies can actually exfoliate up to two times per week.
5 Forget Foundation
I don’t know about you, but I’m not too crazy about the idea of wearing a heavy layer of foundation when it’s super hot outside. Some formulas can look and feel heavy, and they can melt into your pores and end up clogging them! Switch to a mineral foundation, which helps soak up oil, or a tinted moisturizer, which forms a barrier over your skin so all of your makeup stays put.
6 Blot Instead of Powder
It’s tempting to want to apply a lot of powder to your face with a powder puff or brush to set makeup and try to keep it matte, but it doesn’t always work. Many times, wearing too much powder can actually make your face look cakey and unnatural. Instead, try using blotting papers that contain a small amount of translucent powder, suggests cosmetic chemist Jim Hammer. With blotting papers, you’re absorbing excess oil without drying out skin and you get just a touch of powder.
7 Use Clay Masks
Clay-based masks are a must-have for anyone with oily skin. They help control oil production, clean out any impurities and according to Dr. Oz, the effects of a clay mask can last for days! Just be sure you don’t leave it on too long or it can dry out skin. Then, you’ll just end up applying a bunch of moisturizer to counteract it, which can be counterintuitive. Wait for your mask to dry, just not to the point where it’s tight and starting to crack.
Use these simple tips for a radiant complexion all summer long. Having oily skin can be annoying, but there are many ways to tone it down and keep oil levels in check. Do you know of any good summer skin care tips for oily skin?
Sources: allure.com, health.howstuffworks.com, huffingtonpost.com, lifeandbeautyweekly.com, dermalogica.com, elle.com, doctoroz.com, byrdie.com, health.howstuffworks.com, allure.com
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