Summer Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin
Summer is the time for days at the beach, shorts, and tees and having fun with friends. It is also a time when our skin becomes oilier than usual and increases the risk of spots, irritation, and inflammation. A greasy complexion can be a problem to manage. You may start off fresh-faced first thing in the morning only to deal with high shine across your forehead, cheeks, and chin by the afternoon. With our simple summer skin care routine for oily skin, you can manage a problematic complexion and control the shine for a sun-kissed, grease-free result!
Use a Mattifying Cleanser
Cleansers are an essential part of our skincare regime, but the wrong choice of product could wreak havoc on your skin’s balance. If you tend to suffer from oily skin in the summer, it is important to change your cleanser to one that is mattifying. Most clay based and oil-free cleansers are suitable for a greasy complexion. It helps remove impurities and excess oil without clogging the pores. Be sure to take a closer look at your cleanser and use products formulated specifically for oily complexions.
Cleanse morning and evening. Always remove all makeup and avoid the use of harsh soaps or fragranced products that would strip the skin’s natural oil balance.
Invest in an Oil-Free and Water Based Moisturizer
Do not sacrifice your daily moisturizer if you are affected by oily skin. If you fail to apply hydration, your skin will over-compensate for the loss of moisture. The result is an even greasier complexion. Your summer skin care routine for oily skin should consist of a compatible moisturizer. Look out for creams with mattifying and pore refining properties if you suffer from regular breakouts. Water-based moisturizers are lightweight and include mattifying properties to protect your skin from becoming overly oily. It also ensures that you continue to hydrate your complexion but without the added grease and ingredients that may clog your pores. If you also have sensitive skin, look out for moisturizers free from fragrances. Oil-free, mattifying and non-comedogenic are terms to look out for when selecting your moisturizer.
Moisturize with a day cream in the morning. Many modern moisturizers contain an SPF. Do not fail to incorporate an SPF into your daycare skincare routine especially during the summer months. Use an oil-control night cream on your face and neck.
Include a Sunscreen
Keep your skin protected from the sun’s harsh UV rays during the hottest month of the year. If your moisturizer does not contain an SPF, an additional layer of sunscreen should be applied to your moisturizer. Ensure your sunscreen product is oil free. We recommend an SPF of at least 20 to incorporate as part of your summer skincare routine for oily skin.
When You Should Use a Toner
A toner is the most common application used after cleansing the skin. The purpose is to reduce pore size and remove any impurities from the skin. Toners can help control excess sebum production however, many toners contain alcohol which is an astringent. This means that it strips your skin of all oils including its natural, protective moisture barrier. The result is more oil and risk of breakouts. Learn about pore refining toners that do not contain alcohol or harsh ingredients.
Exfoliation is a Must
For combination, sensitive and oily skin, exfoliation should always remain part of your skin maintenance regime. For an oily skin, excess sebum means more impurities. It also means a stricter cleansing regime. Unfortunately, basic cleansers cannot remove the dead skin and dirt from your dermis, which is the outermost layer of your skin. An exfoliator contains minor scrubbing ingredients helping not only to get rid of dirt (missed by your cleanser) but also helps refine large pores, commonly associated with an oily skin.
Exfoliators can be used 2 to 3 times per week to create a shine-free and smooth complexion.
Detox and Mattifying Masks
A face mask is always a great way to treat your skin! For oil-control, a mattifying mask can help detoxify the skin. Ensure the mask is non-comedogenic, which means it will not clog the pores. Masks only need to be applied 3 times per week to deliver on its promises.
Apply a Makeup Primer
Oil can prevent your makeup from setting or remaining on your skin. Primers with mattifying qualities will not clog your pores while preventing excess oil production through the course of the day. This is particularly helpful if you are on your feet and your makeup tends to smudge or disappear before day’s end. There are many different types of makeup primers available. Be sure to choose one specifically formulated for use with oily skin.
Consider a BB Cream
The problem with applying cosmetics to an oily skin is that the oil eventually causes the product to run or smudge. Rather than pile on loads of product, a BB cream offers the best of both worlds. It can moisturize, mattify and offer mild coverage for imperfections. If you only need a lightweight form of cover, then BB creams are ideal.
Keep Oil Control Blot Paper on Hand
Blotting paper is an oil absorbing sheet that instantly removes high shine or grease from your complexion. If you are going out with friends, spending time outdoor in the warmer temperatures then blotting paper is a must. It is small and discreet enough to pop into your handbag and use while you are on the go. It also helps prevent the removal of your makeup while controlling the excess sebum.
Keep Oil Under Control This Summer!
Your summer skin care routine for oily skin should include hydration, cleansing and exfoliating with mattifying and oil-free products. Use a primer and always set your makeup before you leave home. Do not spend long hours exposed directly to the sunlight and always apply sunscreen even if you are not going to be directly outdoors. With the right approach, you can be confident about your skin this summer!