If you have oily skin, then you can vouch for the fact that summertime is the worst time of the year for greasy skin. The warm humidity causes your makeup to wilt and smear within seconds of walking outside.
It is almost impossible to wear makeup without using a heavier foundation. That dewy finish might seem ideal, but once your pores start to sweat, it transforms into this greasy mess.
With these professional makeup tricks, you will be shine and grease free – morning, noon and night this summer.
Choose the right cleanser
Even if you are not prone to breakouts, you should switch up your conventional cleanser with one that combats zits for summertime. This will help you to keep your skin looking matted. The extra heat and humidity in the air will cause your pores to retain more oil, so look for a cleanser that contains at least 2 percent salicylic acid.
Don’t forgot your sunblock
Instead of smearing on your daily moisturizer, dab on a teaspoon of mineral-based sunblock to protect your skin and give your skin a nice matte-look. If you apply your regular moisturizer and sun block, it will be too heavy for your skin to absorb and will make your skin look greasier.
Go light on the makeup
Hot weather causes your skin to absorb everything on your face, causing them to sweat and get clogged, which makes them produce more oil. More oil equals greasy, shinny skin with a promising future of a big nasty zit. Look for a tinted moisturizer that contains silicone, this will form the barrier on the skin preventing your makeup from sliding off.
Shy away from certain foods
Alcoholic drinks and spicy foods might seem like the best choice on a hot night. But they won’t do anything for your skin, both will cause your blood vessels to dilate and make you sweat. The more you perspire the greasier and shinier your face looks. Try to eat spicy foods once a week and no more than one drink a day. Opt for foods high in vitamin A such as cantaloupe, spinach and carrots to slow down your oil production.
Give yourself a facial
By exfoliating once a week, you can remove dirt and oil that is clogging your pores. This will allow your pores to breath and prevent greasy summer skin. Once your face is exfoliated, then apply a facemask that contains clay or salicylic acid. If you still feel your skin has an unnatural shine to it, then maybe you might want to consider doing an at-home face-peel.
Go light on the night cream
During the dry colder months we get into the habit of generously applying our night cream before bed, but during summer we can apply less night cream. Even better is switching your traditional night cream for a lotion or hydrating lotion. Also a word of caution, avoid the temptation to moisturize your nose, as they have loads of oil glands.
Put that powder puff away unless you want a mess. Grab some blotting papers that have a translucent powder. These papers will wick up that excess moisture and won’t strip your skin, as makeup remover tissues will.
Updated: June 4, 2019