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Summer Skincare: Tips for Dealing with Oily Skin

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There are many enemies to oily skin in the Summer. The sun’s UV rays, sweat, heavy skincare, and makeup can all clog pores and lead to pimples and excess sebum on the face and body. It is important to adapt your skincare routine in the Summer to help manage the skin’s needs.

Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse!
Probably the most essential skincare step to healthy skin whatever the weather is cleansing properly day and night. In the morning, we cleanse to get rid of the remnants of the night’s skincare products. At night, we may be sleeping but our skin keeps working overtime to drink up whatever skincare product we put on before bedtime and releases oils and sweat. In the morning, we need to cleanse the skin so we can have a clean canvas for the day’s products. To do that use a mild cleanser that will not strip the skin completely and will keep it well hydrated and prepped for your day skincare routine. We suggest Shiseido’s Senka Perfect Whip Cleansing Foam that does just that!

Sisheido – Senka Perfect Whip Cleansing Foam, €16

At night, you will probably need to bring in the big guns in terms of cleansing, especially if you used sunscreens and make up during the day. Sunscreens are amazing at protecting our skin from harmful UV rays but their function is to sit on the top layers of the skin like a protective film. Add to that all the make up products that go on top and you’ve got yourself suffocated skin! Going to bed with make up and sunscreen on will undoubtedly lead to oil, sebum, and pimples forming underneath. So at night it is important to double cleanse using a balm or oil cleanser as a first step and a milder soap or cream cleanser as a second step. BANILA CO’s Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm and Kose’s Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil are two great options that help get rid of stubborn sunscreen and make up and all skin impurities while hydrating. Your skin will thank you for providing the moisture it needs by not over-producing oils that may be stripped if you are using a harsher cleanser.

BANILA CO cleansing balm
BANILA CO – Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm Original, €25
Kose Softymo Cleansing Oil
Kose – Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil, €16

Ditch heavy products for lighter, balancing skincare products
Just because it is Summer, it doesn’t mean that your skin does not crave for hydration. Why would it be producing so much oil if it didn’t!? However, it is important to use the appropriate products. So forget about heavy moisturizers. Use lightweight, gel-like, and potent serums and moisturizers to help balance your skin’s hydration needs and help regulate oil production. A balancing toner would be your first step. Secret Key’s Fresh Nature Toner Rose will help do that and prep the skin for other products. Plus, it is packed full of botanical extracts!

Rose toner
Secret Key – Fresh Nature Toner Rose, €15

Follow up with a lightweight serum and moisturizer that will help train the skin to retain moisture so that it doesn’t over-produce oil to compensate for the lack of hydration. We suggest Elizavecca’s CF-Nest 97% B-Jo Serum and Secret Key’s Rose Water Base Gel Cream which are lightweight and contain ingredients that are perfect for balancing oily skin.

Elizavecca bird's nest serum
Elizavecca – CF-Nest 97% B-Jo Serum, €17
Secret Key – Rose Water Base Gel Cream, €23

Use a mask twice a week
A pore-cleaning, clay-based, hydrating mask is a must during the Summer months. Clay is a natural ingredient that is thought to help clean pores of dirt and oils. Think of it as nature’s hoover! innisfree’s Jeju Volcanic Color Clay Hydrating Mask is perfect for sebum control. It contains volcanic clusters and hyaluronic acid sourced from Jeju island in South Korea. This blue mask balances the oils of the skin leaving it non-greasy and moisturized. Use twice a week to deeply cleanse and balance skin. 

innisfree volcanic clay mask hydrating blue
innisfree – Jeju Volcanic Color Clay Hydrating Mask, €13

Multi-purpose make up
In the Summer, we want to keep heavy foundations and make up that clog pores on the side and choose products which are light and airy and have many functions. Asian women turn to BB creams to cover their needs. BB creams are lightweight moisturizers with added color to subtly correct uneven skin tone and help the skin balance its production of oil while also minimizing pores. Most BB creams also have the added benefit of sun protection! So that easily cuts another step in our skincare routine. If oily skin is troubling you especially in the Summer heat, then turn to Holika Holika’s Holi Pop BB Cream SPF30 PA++ Matte which contains silky-finish powder and sebum adsorbing powder, prevents oily skin, provides a matte finish and protects from the sun’s UV rays all in one!

Holika Holika – Holi Pop BB Cream Matte, €11

It is very easy to ignore our skin’s needs during the Summer months. But it is important to use the right skincare in order to help our skin balance out the oil production and minimize the unnecessary acne and pimples that come with using the wrong products or not using anything at all! Enjoy the Summer responsibly and don’t forget sun protection and lots of water!