How to Combat Oily Skin this Summer

Woman gently misting her skin with a spray bottle.

With the Intoxicating Beauty Team being located in Florida, we know firsthand how miserable this summer heat is. Across the country, though, temperatures are rising rapidly. Any time you leave the air-conditioned comfort of your own home, you’re bound to be met with a hot, sweaty, oily mess. Oily skin is one of summer’s worst nightmares, but there are, thankfully, ways to combat it.

If you suffer from very oily skin during the summertime, keep reading to learn some simple ways to combat this.

Keep a balanced cleansing routine

When your skin is extra oily, you might be tempted to cleanse it more than normal in an attempt to “dry it out.” This will only further damage your skin, though, stripping it of its natural oils. This causes your sebaceous glands to want to compensate for the lack of moisture by producing more oil. This broken cycle clearly isn’t the solution, so it’s best to stick to cleansing twice a day. If you feel like your skin needs a bit of a refresh or boost throughout the day, opt for a gentle face mist, instead. Similarly, don’t over-exfoliate your skin, as this will severely damage your skin.

Applying moisturizer to the shoulder area.
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio

Don’t stop moisturizing, really

A common myth is that if you have oily skin, you don’t need to or shouldn’t moisturize. In reality, you want to keep your skin well-hydrated to combat oiliness. As mentioned above, when your skin isn’t properly moisturized, your sebaceous glands will begin producing even more oil. To keep your skin balanced, find a lightweight moisturizer that best fits your skin type. Be sure to top this off with at least SPF 30, or use a moisturizer that includes SPF.

Cut back a few steps

When your skin is facing excessive oiliness, it’s best to not overload it with product after product. Instead, opt for a more minimal, simple skincare routine. Just as you use lighter makeup in the summer months, opt for lighter creams and serums, too. Look for anti-inflammatory products that are especially high in antioxidants to fight both oiliness and free radicals. If you want to treat your skin to a mask once or twice a week, grab one with a clay base, as this will effectively absorb excess oil and remove any buildup of dirt and grime.

Tissue Paper on crumpled pink background.
Photo by Anna Shvets

Blot, blot, blot

If you’re on the go a lot, it doesn’t hurt to toss some blotting papers in your bag. Blotting papers absorb excess oil without disrupting your makeup, providing extra skincare benefits in the process, too. Blotting throughout the day can help your skin from excessively collecting sweat and grime, allowing you to feel fresh, confident, and clean.

Set your makeup

Oily skin is one of the biggest culprits for a bad makeup day. Your base begins to slip and slide, leaving you with cakey, uneven coverage. To prevent, be sure to both prep and set your face in preparation of an oily day. Choose mattifying, oil-free products that will best suit your skin type, then set them in place with a powder and/or setting spray. For extra protection, choose sweat-proof mascara, eyeliner, and other makeup additions that might be subject to drips.

Summertime skin should be all about the glow, not the oil. Use these crucial tips to maintain a balanced, healthy base all summer long.

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