Summer is great for breezy footwear and outdoor fun in the sun. But, if you have an oily complexion, the increase in temperatures may also seem to bring an increase in unwanted shine. Hale Cosmeceuticals has some tips to help.
It seems pretty obvious that if your skin is going into oil-production overdrive you need to remove the excess sebum. So, you need to cleanse your face. Two pieces of advice:
Of course, stick to best facial cleansing practices—use lukewarm water and blot dry with a towel.
Toners are formulated to (re)balance the pH level of your skin after cleansing. By doing so, many toners have antibacterial properties and can actually help absorb oil. So, toners can help reduce both the amount of acne-causing bacteria and bacterial growth medium.
Oddly enough, natural oil does not always function well as a facial moisturizer. Chances are, you still need a moisturizer formulated to replenish and maintain hydration. To get the benefit of your moisturizer without exacerbating oiliness:
You may also opt to only use moisturizer on parts of your face prone to dryness, irritation or that are simply less oily than others (like your cheeks but not your T-zone).
Although the shine of oily skin may seem obvious to you, most people actually don’t notice. But, they are more likely to notice an acne breakout. The single most effective thing you can do to keep oily skin from becoming acne-ridden skin is to keep your hands away from your face.
Your hands introduce a lot of bacteria to your skin, some of which can cause black- and/or whiteheads. Picking at any blemish also incites an inflammatory reaction, creating raised red bumps that take a long time to calm down and are nearly impossible to cover with makeup.
It is tempting to dim an oily shine with powder, but powder—makeup or not—can create the same acne-prone conditions as touching your face. Powder + oil is likely to create a sticky mess that traps dead skin cells and bacteria, increasing the likelihood of a breakout.
A better alternative is to blot excess oil with a powder-free tissue.