It’s easy to romanticize summer. The days are sunny, you’re off school, and you get to go to the pool. What more could you want? But there are also many things that occur over the summer that might conceivably be considered annoyances. Sunburn, for example. Boredom from not having the agony of school to divert your attention. That thing that happens when someone (usually a small child, though not always) poops in the pool and shuts it down for the day. Then, of course, there is oily skin.
Oily skin is pretty much always annoying to deal with, of course, but it’s considerably worse in the summer. Maybe you sweat at night, which means that you wake up feeling like you’ve bathed in oil, even if you showered the night before. Or, it could be that the heat and humidity you deal with throughout the day tends to turn the possibility of an oily face from something that might happen to something that is simply inevitable. And, obviously, there is the fact that any face product you use–sunscreen, foundation, primer, whatever–almost always melts and creates an extra layer of oil that drips down your face throughout the day. Basically? You are almost certainly going to have oily skin in some capacity this summer, but there are some things that you can do about it. So, check out these easy ways to deal with oily skin, even in the summer:
1. Minimize your makeup:
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Summer is not the best time to wear a full face of makeup. If you can, try to streamline your routine–use concealer or BB cream instead of foundation, light eyeliner and eyeshadow, and skip the contour.
This allows your skin to breathe easier and not produce as much oil–plus, your face won’t look like it’s sliding down your cheekbones by the end of the day, which is always a good thing.
2. If you must wear foundation, use one that won’t immediately slide off your face:
Sometimes, skipping foundation isn’t an option–and that’s fine! Just make sure it’s one that’ll actually work. And, obviously, use some powder with it. It’ll be hard to keep it totally flawless if you’re out and about all day, but it’s a good start.
3. And pair it with a good primer:
Primer is essential for anyone with oily skin over the summer. Make sure it’s one that will help your makeup stick without adding too much product to your face, like the ones above.
4. Wash your face:
I mean, duh. But if you’re usually lenient about washing your face, summer is a good time to make it more of a priority, even if you aren’t wearing that much makeup. Washing your face gets rid of the sweat and oil that accumulates on your face throughout the day and lessens your chances of breaking out and getting even more oily.
5. Use micellar water for your face in the morning:
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Washing your face is important, but you don’t want to over-wash, since this can actually make your skin more oily. (I know. It’s confusing.) But if you wake up in the morning and feel like you need a bit of a refresher without having to actually wash it, you should try using micellar water–it cleanses the skin, but it’s gentle enough not to dry it out and make it produce more oil.
7. Be smart about your moisturizer:
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You don’t want to be using super-heavy, dense moisturizers over the summer, since they’ll weigh down your skin and make you feel oily the whole day. Instead, look for lightweight gel formulas.
8. Use SPF–just make sure it’s the right kind:
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SPF is non-negotiable over the summer. Period. You just need to make sure that you aren’t using one that’ll make your skin look greay and break out–look for one that’s non-comedogenic, which means that it won’t clog your pores, and oil-free.
9. Carry blotting sheets with you:
Oil is going to happen! When you’re on the go, make sure you have some blotting sheets on you (if you don’t feel like spending money on them, you can make them yourself).
10. Shower at night:
I love a good evening shower, personally–I like to snuggle into bed feeling clean, sue me–and, apparently, this is the best time to do it, since your skin gets most oily in the afternoon and it’s best to wash it off at night. Of course, you should use your own personal experience to determine when you shower (if you sweat a lot at night, it’s probably best to shower in the morning) but i you aren’t sure when you should shower, try doing it at night.
11. Use a charcoal mask once a week:
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Charcoal masks are my favorite thing to use over the summer–they help mattify the skin, tighten the pores, and give the skin an overall fresh, smooth feel that’s hard to achieve most of the time over the summer. I like boscia’s Pore Pudding mask, personally, but any mask with charcoal in it should do the trick.
12. Or a DIY oil-busting mask:
There are also a ton of masks that you can find on Pinterest that claim to get rid of oil. You do need to be careful with Pinterest DIYs, since a lot of them can do more harm than good, but this one with aloe vera and turmeric will actually help your skin.
13. Use a face mist:
If you feel like a face mask is too heavy, try using a face mist–mix cucumber, lemon, and mint with water, put it in a spray bottle, and spray it over your face when you’re feeling a little oily. This helps cut through the oil without being too invasive (plus, as an added bonus, the mist itself will probably help cool you down).
14. Give yourself a facial once a week:
You can shell out money on a fancy facial, or, you can try doing one yourself–this will help open up your pores and make your skin much less oily over time.
15. Just embrace it:
Highlighter is in! Dewy skin is the thing to have! We are living in an age in which something called “Face Gloss” is a real, actual product that you can buy for $20! What this means, basically, is that if you have oily skin, you’re basically on your way to becoming an Instagram model. So, just leave it be! You’ll look great.
Do you have oily skin? Do you have any tips for dealing with it in the summer? Let us know in the comments!