Even if you don’t have oily skin normally, you may find yourself battling it during the middle of summer’s brutal heat and humidity. Of course, if you do have oily skin during the rest of the year, you’re skin’s suffering even more during this tough season. To combat oily skin of any degree, the key is to properly care for it all season long. Follow these tips to keep that oily buildup at bay.
Keep It Clean
The battle against oily skin always begins with proper cleansing habits. The best cleansers to use for oily skin will contain glycolic acids, so read the ingredient label on your product before you buy it. For acne-prone skin, opt for one that contains both glycolic and salicylic acid, a deep-cleansing agent that helps exfoliates dead skin cells and dissolves oil. Make sure to cleanse both in the morning when you wake up and at night before bed for best results.
Another helpful tactic is to stay on top of that greasy buildup throughout the day. You can do this by adding a mattifying, oil-free lotion to your routine. If it’s an oil-free formula, it will add water to your skin instead of oil, which helps to regulate your skin’s oil production. Switch to oil-free makeup products as well, to prevent unneeded oil from collecting on your skin. Instead, look for products that contain mattifying agents like talc or silicone polymers. Powders with these ingredients can help delay oil production and eliminate shine too.
Blot It Away
When you’re on the go, you can prepare for those oil accumulations wherever you’re headed. Stash a pack of oil-blotting tissues in your purse or beach bag. You can use these to whisk away excess oil from the skin without affecting your makeup or sunscreen. For acne-prone skin, choose blotting tissues with tea tree oil, which serves as a pimple-preventing antibacterial agent on the skin.
During the summer, or whenever your skin is feeling a little oilier than normal, adopt a once-a-week face mask routine. Choose a basic clay mask with glycolic acid in the ingredients to both control oil and soothe your stressed-out skin. Clay masks help to control oil production for days after use, so you only need to do this once a week for visible results.
Stay on top of your oily summer skin with these simple steps and you’ll banish that excess shine for good!
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