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It's pretty common for our facial skin to feel more oily on the T-zone than the rest
of the face during summertime and then a little bit dry and tight as seasons change
from hot summer to cold winter.
The most important thing to keep in mind if you want a healthy and more balanced
face complexion from season to season is to avoid using skincare products for oily
skin that contain too many drying agents – such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide
– in every product you put on your face.
If your facial skin becomes too dry, the oil-producing sebaceous glands under the
surface of your skin will start to secrete an excess of sebum in order to moisturize
your face. Overactive sebaceous glands can clog pores with too much sebum, leading
to skin problems such as acne, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, blemishes, and enlarged
What Can You Do to Control Face Shine and Keep Oily Skin Fresh
1. Keep Oily Face Clean and Fresh
Wash your face twice a day, morning and night, with a mild facial cleanser instead
of regular facial soaps that may contain harsh chemicals or ingredients. Soap is
bad for your face; it can strip off your skin's natural oils and dry out your skin,
which in turn causes your skin to overreact and get more oily.
I strongly suggest you wash your face with a gentle non-soap foaming cleanser (low
neutral pH) to remove dirt, oils and impurities. I'm head over heels in love with
Olay Total Effects Cream Cleanser, which is a mild daily facial cleanser with micro-beads
to gently exfoliate dead skin. It leaves my skin feeling really fresh, baby soft
and glowing with a healthy radiant!
Here's a natural skincare tip for oily skin type – clean oily skin using fresh grapes.
Slice (2-3) seedless grapes in half, and gently rub the cut side (flesh) over your
entire face, using circular motions. Wash off completely by splashing your face with
cool water. This really helps your makeup to stay on longer, especially in hot summer
Many people tend to skip moisturizer, thinking that because their skin is naturally
oily, it doesn't require hydration. This is not true; moisturizing oily skin helps
balance the complexion and will also make your foundation go on smoother. The secret
is to avoid oil-based moisturizers which are too thick, rich and heavy for oily skin
and summertime use, and will make oily skin problem worse.
You want to moisturize your face using a light, oil control day cream with UV protection
(SPF15 or greater) to control sebum overproduction. And, a hydrating water-based/gel-based
night cream for bedtime.
Simply apply a small amount on the oily areas of your face and gently blend outward.
Most oil-control moisturizes labeled as "noncomedogenic"work well for oily skin,
but if your skin gets dry and starts flaking, reduce the frequency of application.
3. Use Oil-Free Makeup
After your moisturizer, it's a good idea to wait a few minutes to allow it to sink
into your skin before putting on makeup.
Then use a toner or a mattifying primer (Becca Mattifying Face Primer is my favorite)
before makeup to help improve your skin's texture. Avoid heavy foundations as they
add unnecessary oil to your already oily face. I favor suggesting CoverGirl Clean
Oil Control Liquid Makeup, an excellent foundation that will control oil production
and also prevent dryness.
For a bit more extra coverage on the shiny T-zone area (typically forehead, nose
and chin), and make pores less visible, dust a light coat of loose powder or pressed
powder using a brush. This leaves you with a fresh, natural shine-free look that
will last for hours throughout the day.
4. Blot with a Tissue
Oily skin is more troublesome to deal with as it gets shiny and your makeup simply
melts away after just a few hours. So that means, you probably have to touch up a
couple of times more during the day.
You can blot off any extra oil using a clean powder puff, oil blotting papers (avoid
blotting papers with fragrance or color as it can irritate your skin and cause acne
breakouts) or even a sheet of facial tissue as a quick fix for that shine on your
T zone area.
I usually take a 2-ply tissue, separate it and use 1-ply to get rid of excess oil
on face. It's much cheaper than using oil blotting papers to soak up excess facial
5. Weekly Mask
Clay or mud masks are excellent for keeping oily skin under control during summer.
You want to apply a mud mask once or twice a week to absorb excessive oil and clear
out pores, thereby reducing face shine significantly.
6. Healthy Diet
Those with oily skin should avoid consuming too much greasy or fatty foods such as
bacon, pizzas, and deep fried items as these foods can create excess sebum.
To keep oily skin fresh and healthy, eat plenty of green leafy vegetables like kale
and spinach, as well as Vitamin C rich fruits such as orange, grapefruit, and kiwi.
Don't forget to drink 8-10 glasses of water everyday, especially in hot summer to
helps flush toxins from the skin.
By Tiffany Moore
Please help me naturallycontrol excess oil on my face! I don't know what skin type
I actually have, but I've very oily skin in the summer and super dry skin in winter.
When the weather turns hot and humid, my face goes crazy, it gets an unsightly greasy
shine on T zone area (particularly on the bridge of my nose) that I hate so much.
Then my facial skin gets really dry and starts to flake during winter. I'm 22 years
old and I don't wear heavy makeup everyday except on special occasions, and use Mary
Kay skin care line for oily skin. I just want to hear some helpful tips on skin care
for oily skin in summer, and what can I do to get rid of excess oil on my face. Any
natural home remedies to keep oily skin under control? Thank you. – Karla, Iowa.
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accumulated throughout the day and night? Find out what you can do to keep dry sensitive
skin optimally hydrated, beautifully plump and glowing.
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