If you have oily skin, you will probably dread summer because you know it will make your face that much more greasy. And even if your complexion is more towards the dry side of the spectrum, you might find your face as greasy as the bottom of a takeout pizza on hot, humid days.
A greasy complexion is one of the rare downsides of summer. It’s not super annoying, but it can be uncomfortable, cause bangs to separate, and make your face look like an oil slick on photos. I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to suffer through it. There are easy ways you can deal with greasy skin and shiny T-zones in the summer — and the rest of the year.
Remember these nine hacks for dealing with oily skin.
Keep Blotting Sheets HandyYou've probably heard of this simple tip, but it works. Blotting sheets absorb excess grease without disturbing makeup or leaving behind any powdery residue. They're also made for ladies who are on the go. The sleek packages can easily be put in bags and even pockets. Image source: Instagram/beautybar_hn
Resist The Temptation To Over-Wash Your FaceIf your face is very greasy, you will likely have a strong urge to wash it. When it gets oily again, you will probably want to keep washing it to get rid of that oil slick feeling. It might initially feel good to wash your face, but you will be giving yourself problems in the long run. If you over-wash your face, it can dry out your skin which means that your face will then create more oil to try and balance things out. Not good. Stick to washing your face in the morning and at night. Image source: Instagram/my_beauty_duty
Choose Your Makeup Products WiselyRemember, that makeup products are formulated for different skin types, just like skin care products. If you've got greasy skin, look for products that are oil free or at least say that they're suitable for normal to oily skin types. You can also look for products that are labeled *non-comedogenic.* That means that the products won't clog pores which means less chance of zits. Whoop. Image source: Instagram/staceyskinskin
Choose A Cleanser Specifically Meant For Oily SkinStart your skincare routine off right by using a cleanser that's specifically formulated for your skin's needs. I know that face washes aren't the most exciting things to shop for in comparison to eyeshadow palettes, but the right face wash can change everything. A face wash should nourish skin — not make it feel dry or tight. It also shouldn't make your face feel greasy right after using it. Choosing a face wash for oily skin will help keep oil levels in check. Image source: Instagram/beautyie_rich
Look For A Sunscreen For Oily SkinThere are some great sunscreen formulas out there. There are also some not-so-great ones which have given sun lotions their bad reputations. The latter can leave skin greasy not to mention with a weird white tint. Those with oily skin should look for formulas for their skin type. Yes, there are sunscreens for each skin type. A lot of ones for oily skin even have flattering matte finishes. Use one and you might not even need makeup. Image source: Instagram/consciousischic
Do NOT Give Up Your MoisturizerIf you have oily skin, one of the first things that you might think to do is get rid of your moisturizer. You probably think that moisture equals more grease, right? Not exactly. All skin types need moisturizer, including greasy ones. If you give up moisturizer, you skin might actually start producing more oil to compensate for the lack of hydration. For a comfortable finish, look for oil-free moisturizers in lightweight formulas like gels that are formulated for your skin type. Image source: Instagram/ziba.k.blog
Resist The Urge To Cover Your Face In PowderPowder can be great for removing shine, but if you apply too many layers you can end up with a major cake face situation. That's just as bad as having a greasy face. Keep your touch light and try a sheer, setting powder with oil absorbing properties. Use it after you've soaked up as much oil as you can with a blotting sheet. Image source: Instagram/bunny.lingling
Start Your Makeup Look With An Oil-Control PrimerPrimers might seem like another annoying step to add to your makeup routine and a gimmick to spend more money, but they are genuinely worth it. In addition to making makeup go on smoother, they have help keep greasiness in check. For the best results, look for an oil control formula. The product will also likely minimize the appearance of pores and make skin silky soft. Image source: Instagram/beautlybold
Don't Forget About Makeup Setting SpraysMakeup setting sprays are great because they keep makeup in place. If you choose the right formula, you can get a product that manages oil and hydration levels. If you need more convincing, a makeup setting spray can double as a face mist, making it a great pick-me-up on a scorching day. Image source: Instagram/12issako
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