Summer is still in full swing
at Barely Blush HQ in Florida and many areas of the nation are still reaching sizzling temperatures and high humidity. That combination can wreak havoc for those of us with oily skin. What’s a woman to do? Barely Blush has you covered with 5 shine-halting ways to fight oily skin this summer.
San Diego based dermatologist Dr. Melanie Palm, Medical Director at Art of Skin MD explains that “Over the summer, temperatures and humidity levels rise. These environmental changes encourage the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. This leads to undesired facial oiliness.” And just our luck, our faces are the area with the most concentrated number of sebaceous glands, and therefore the area that shows off our oily shine the most.
Keep your face clean.
- Although it seems like the right thing to so, Dr. Palm recommends that we do not wash our faces more frequently than normal. Frequent cleansing will strip our face of its moisture, which causes the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. Instead, she recommends cleaning your face twice per day, and to do so with a gentle cleanser. Even if you don’t have acne issues, switching to an acne-fighting cleanser will help mattify your skin. An alpha hydroxy acid wash or one with 2 percent salicylic acid, which helps break down oil in the pores but isn’t overdrying, is a great way to gently remove dull layers of skin.
Simplify your beauty routine.
- Using lighter serums and sunscreens is a smart move in the hotter months. Heavier serums can make your skin want to sweat more. Antioxidant-rich serums are great, especially when followed by a broad-spectrum sun protection. Foundation also feels heavy in hot weather and may make you sweat while it seeps into your pores causing more oil production. Give up the foundation for the season and switch to a tinted moisturizer instead. If foundation is a must, switch to a mineral powder foundation, which acts as a sponge, sucking up the excess oil it comes into contact with. Your bedtime routine should be just as light: switch from a cream to a lotion, or from a lotion to a hydrating serum. Be sure the product contains great ingredients for keeping oil at bay, such as salicylic or glycolic acid. Highly respected NYC based dermatology Dr. Doris Day recommends that you never moisturize your nose. She says there are enough oil glands there to keep that area supple without the help.
Summer-friendly face masks.
- Certain mask ingredients are great for use in the summer. Sulfur masks help to reduce sebum production. Whereas Charcoal masks remove skin impurities gently without stripping natural oils. Salicylic acid and glycolic acid peels are great for oil control for those with acne issues, since both temporarily decrease oil production in the skin.
Watch what you eat.
- Having a few beers or cocktails may be something you enjoy this season, and spicy foods may make your hot night even hotter, but your skin will pay for it later. Both alcohol and spicy foods tend to dilate blood vessels and make you sweat more. Limit these to one drink a night, and eat spicy foods to once per week to keep your skin looking great. Instead, go for foods that are high in vitamin A, which slows down oil production, such as spinach, carrots and cantaloupe.
Blot away oil.
- If you’ve never used blotting paper, you are absolutely missing out. Great year-round for those with oily skin, they absorb excess oil from the skin in just seconds. They are super convenient, inexpensive and very portable. Throw some in your purse for a quick skin pick-me-up. They won’t overstrip the oils in your skin, so you really can’t overdo it. Just press it onto your skin to remove the shine.