Summer temperatures can cause your skin to be more oily than normal, even for those with normal to dry skin. While a shiny forehead is unavoidable from time to time, oily skin is part of our DNA and is a result of the overproduction of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is passed down from a parent. There are a few easy ways to keep your skin from looking shiny from excess oil. Whether you want to look your best for a meeting at the office or you’re hitting happy hour, try these steps to give your skin a prolonged matte look.
Exfoliate once or twice a week to remove the dead skin and debris that can hold on to oil, potentially causing breakouts or buildup. A natural scrub is best as to not strip your skin of healthy, necessary oils responsible for hydrating and giving your skin a healthy glow.
Sunscreen should be used every day to protect your skin, but it’s even more crucial during the summer months. The right type of SPF can help control oil and sine. Use about one teaspoon of mineral-based sunblock. (Some of our favorites include All Good Sunscreen Butter, Babo Clear Zinc Sunscreen, and Alba Botanica Sensitive Sunscreen)
Skip The Spice
Spicy foods and loading up on cocktails have been linked to causing oily skin, as they dilate blood vessels and cause you to perspire. The sweat acts as an activator for oily skin. Try to limit yourself to one or two alcoholic drinks and skip the spicy queso dip. If taco night isn’t the same without a pitcher of margaritas and fresh sliced jalapeños, minimize your makeup routine. Which leads us to…
Scale Back On Makeup
It’s summer time, which means makeup is always optional! Foundation melts into your skin, clogging your pores, queuing your skin to create more oil. A sunkissed glow, perfectly pink lips and a layer of mascara are all the coverage you need.
A moisturizer free of synthetic and potentially harmful ingredients is key to controlling skin’s oil production. Don’t confuse oily skin with moisturized. Oily skin is not necessarily hydrated skin, so don’t skip on your moisturizer. You’ll create a barrier on your skin and help regulate oil production.
Treat yourself to a few minutes of relaxation with a facial treatment. No need to hit the salon for an expensive mask. Try one of these at-home solutions (used with items straight from your kitchen cabinets!). It’s best to try these DIY face masks after exfoliating.
Lighten Your Nighttime Beauty Routine
Switch your bedtime beauty routine to a lighter version – literally. If you’re used to a thick night cream, try a lightweight lotion. If you use a lotion, opt for a hydrating natural oil. Remove your makeup or just the day’s dirt and oil with a gentle cleanser, then apply a small amount of moisturizer to your skin.
Summertime shouldn’t pull you away from a social event, or your work every thirty minutes to blot away oil from your T-zone. Make these easy changes to your routine and your skin will be glowing (in a good way!).