Summer is great! But it would be even better if you could avoid that oily summer skin… Am I right? With these expert tricks, you have a shine-free skin all day long.
#1 Wash Right
Even if you don’t tend to break out, switching to a cleanser that fights zits in the summer will keep your skin looking matte. Choose one with 2 percent salicylic acid, which helps break down oil in the pores but isn’t overdrying. (We like Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser.)
#2 Don’t Scrimp on Sunblock
A healthy dose of sunblock (a teaspoon for your face), surprisingly, helps control oil and shine. Skip your morning moisturizer and slather on a mineral-based block (with oil-absorbing micronized zinc or titanium dioxide, like Nia 24 Sun Damage Prevention 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30) or one with denatured alcohol, which makes the skin matte. (Look for “alcohol denat” or “SD alcohol 40″ on the label; La Roche Posay Anthelios 30 SPF W Gel has it.)
#3 Scale Back on Makeup
Foundation not only feels heavy in hot weather—it melts into your pores and clogs them, and they produce more oil. Switch to a tinted moisturizer with silicone, like Elizabeth Arden Sheer Lights, which forms a shield over the skin, keeping makeup where it belongs. Or try a mineral powder foundation, which sucks up excess oil like a sponge. (Try ColoreScience Pro Sunforgettable SPF 30 Travel Orb in All Clear.)
#4 Watch What You Eat
Cocktails and spicy foods may hit the spot on a hot night. But they won’t do your skin any favors; they dilate blood vessels, and make you perspire. Limit yourself to one drink a night, and eat spicy foods no more than once a week. And consider loading up instead on carrots, cantaloupe, and spinach; foods like these that are high in vitamin A can actually slow oil production.
And by that, we mean give yourself this easy at-home facial:
- Exfoliate once a week. Dermatologist Doris Day recommends the Clarisonic Classic Sonic Skin Cleansing System, which uses sonic frequency to loosen dirt and oil in the pores. Or go old-school with a gentle scrub, like our favorite, Garnier Nutritioniste Pure Microbead Cream.
- Follow with a mask. Look for one with clay or salicylic acid—they both temporarily decrease oil production in the skin. (Try St. Ives Mineral Clay Firming Mask or Ole Henriksen Blue/Black Berry Enzyme Mask.)
- If you’re still greasy, get the strong stuff. Instead of the above exfoliators, try an at-home peel with salicylic or glycolic acid. (We like the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel) Then apply the mask above a day later to avoid drying out the skin.
#6 Lighten Up on the Night Cream
Take your bedtime beauty routine down a notch. If you use a cream, switch to a lotion; if you use a lotion, switch to a hydrating serum. Whatever the formula, be sure the product contains oil-zapping salicylic or glycolic acid, pore-shrinking caffeine, or anti-inflammatory niacinamide. (Try Dermalogica MediBac Clearing Oil Control Lotion orDDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum.) And watch where you put them: “You never have to moisturize your nose—there are enough oil glands there as is,” says dermatologist Doris Day.
#7 Blot Your Heart Out
Just don’t use a powder puff, or you’ll create a cakey mess. Instead, reach for blotting papers with a touch of translucent powder, like Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Papers. “They soak up excess oil and don’t overstrip, so you really can’t overuse them,” says cosmetic chemist Jim Hammer.