Oily skin and melted makeup is the stuff of nightmares, especially during the summer when the heat is in full force. Though some people may naturally have oilier skin, even those with dry skin aren’t safe from the sun’s rays. Here’s how to keep your skin looking fresh and dewy – not sweaty and shiny – this summer:
Lighten up: Swap your heavy foundation for a tinted moisturizer or BB Cream with silicone. The lighter formulas won’t clog your pores, and the silicone forms a barrier between your skin and the heat. For extra prevention, dust with a sheer mineral powder to set the look.
Mask it: Once a week, use a clay mask to soak up excess oil in the skin and clean out impurities. You can make your own out of kitty litter or use one like the Indian Healing Clay mask. Just make sure not to overdo this – using masks too often can make your skin dry out and actually increase oil production!
Eat up: Did you know that consuming vitamin A can actually decrease your skin’s oil production? In addition to being vital in the growth and renewal of new skin cells, Vitamin A also normalizes oils levels in your skin, according to Livestrong. You can take a Vitamin A supplement, or consume it the natural way in foods like carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, melons and fish.
Look at labels: Look for cleansers and moisturizers with ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, caffeine and niacinamide – they’re all oil-zapping ingredients! Just make sure you are not over-washing – twice a day is the most you should ever be washing your face in order not to dry out your skin.
Exfoliate: Make sure that you are exfoliating once a week to get rid of dead skin cells – not only will it make your skin glow, but many exfoliators contain ingredients that will soak up excess oil from your face as well. Try my DIY lemonade cleansing scrub for fresh, glowing skin.
Blot away: Instead of layering powder on your face (which can result in a caked-on look), use blotting papers instead. Find ones that have a touch of powder to help control shine.
In the end, no one will have (or want) perfectly matte skin during the summer heat – a little bit of natural shine can be beautiful! The important thing is to keep your skin healthy and happy :)
What’s your summer skincare routine? Share your oil-busting tips with me below!
P.S. To read my tips on healthy, shiny summer hair, click here.
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