If you’ve got oily skin, Summer can be a particularly challenging season for your skin type. You’ll notice more shine on your face than usual. Possibly even more breakouts too. And to top it off, makeup seems to just slide off your face as soon as you apply it! But don’t fear as there are some things you can do to ensure your skin stays healthy, calm and blemish-free. And you don’t have to give up wearing makeup altogether in the warmer months either. As there are few small tricks you can do to ensure your makeup lasts longer. This ultimate guide to Summer skin care for oily skin will tell you all you need to know. So let’s get started.
I’ve broken this guide down into skincare tips and makeup tips. Let’s begin with skin care.
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SUMMER SKIN CARE FOR OILY SKIN
#1. Cleanse Well
If you’ve got oily skin, you’re probably already aware of the importance of ensuring your skin is well cleansed. However, this doesn’t mean you should overdo it. In fact, washing your face too much can make your skin break out even further.
The key is to use a really good cleanser that contains ingredients that help, not hinder, your skin type. Whilst ‘oil-free’ might sound good in theory, it’s actually not. Even oily skin needs hydration.
Avoid ingredients such as alcohol and detergents like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate at all costs. They’re harming your skin by drying it out. And this actually causes your skin to produce even more oil.
You only need to cleanse twice per day. Yes, really! Once in the morning and once in the evening. That’s it. Remember, you need to be gentle with your skin.
#2. Use Lighter Textures
In Summer, it’s better to use a lightweight moisturiser. And serums are great too. As I mentioned, even oily skin needs hydration! So make sure you’re still using a moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
#3. Use a gentle toner
Toners or facial sprays are great for calming down the skin and making it feel nice and cool. They’re also great for refreshing makeup. However, make sure to avoid toners that contain alcohol. They’ll just dry out your skin, which is absolutely not what your skin type needs.
The Rice Plant & Rosemary BioAffinity Tonic by Pai Skincare is just gorgeous. It contains rosemary water and rice living plant water which both help to rebalance the skin.
Or try the gorgeous Daily Defence Moisture Mist by Evolve Beauty. It’s great for oily and combination skin as it contains the ingredient prickly pear which helps to calm and soothe irritated skin.
Either of these will leave your skin looking and feeling refreshed, calm and cool on hot Summer’s days. You can spray them over makeup too throughout the day for a quick and easy refresh.
#4. Don’t forget your SPF!
This is a must no matter what your skin type! However, finding a good sun protection cream or lotion can be really challenging for oily skin in particular. Some of them can make your skin look even more oily. And they can cause breakouts.
Try the Sun Prep Broad Spectrum SPF 25 by Hynt Beauty. It has a very lightweight texture and doesn’t look or feel greasy on the skin. So it’s great for oily and combination skin types.
Something else you can try is a sun protection product in powder form. I love this Mineral SPF 30 Brush-On Sun Defense by Mineral Fusion. As it’s a powder, it will help to mattify your skin. And it won’t feel greasy on your skin either. So it’s perfect for oily skin.
#5. Drink plenty of water!
Yes, I know that sounds boring. But it really does help your skin and body in so many ways. You can see what they are in this article I wrote about all the benefits of drinking water. And even if you find it hard to drink water, I’ve got plenty of ideas in the article about how to easily get into the habit. And how to make drinking water a lot tastier and more fun!
SUMMER MAKEUP FOR OILY SKIN
#6. Use a Primer
Face primers are a great way to help your makeup stay in place longer. And make sure to read this post to find out even more of the amazing benefits of using a primer and why you really need it in your makeup routine.
I love the Smoothing Velvet Primer by Couleur Caramel as it’s specifically for oily skin. So not only will it create a great base for your makeup and help it to last longer. It will also mattify your skin too. A really great product that’s perfect for Summer in particular.
#7. Use a setting powder only where needed
A setting or finishing powder is a great product to have in your makeup bag if you have oily skin. But be careful not to overdo it. As otherwise, your face can look too cakey!
You only need to apply setting powder to your T-zone area as that’s where you have shine. Apply it using a large, soft, fluffy face brush. And make sure to only apply a small amount at a time.
Another great option is to use blotting paper instead. You simply place these on your skin and they absorb any excess oil in seconds. They’re super quick and easy to use.
#8. Use powder foundation
Liquid and cream products can often just slide off your face in the warm summer temperatures. So powder products are a good option instead. And they’ll give a matte finish to your skin which will help reduce shine.
For example, try using a powder foundation instead of liquid. Be careful not to choose products that contain harsh ingredients though. Again, they can just dry out your skin and cause it to produce even more oil.
A gorgeous powder foundation I love for combination and oily skin is the Inika Loose Mineral Foundation with SPF 25. The ingredients are nourishing and good for your skin. They won’t clog your pores or irritate your skin. And as it has an SPF of 25 in it, you don’t have to apply a separate sun protection product on your skin if you don’t want to.
#9. Apply thin layers
In Summer, you really don’t need as much product on your skin. That goes for skincare and makeup products. So apply thin layers of your product instead. In fact, I recommend sticking to this rule of thumb all year round.
There’s a misconception that oily and acne prone skin needs to apply a lot of product to ‘cover up’ or ‘hide’ spots or blemishes. But that’s not true. Your skin needs to be able to breathe. And if you’re applying heavy makeup onto your skin, especially if it contains nasty ingredients, it’s going to make your skin worse. And you’ll need even more makeup to go over it.
#10 Avoid harsh ingredients!
Always be kind to your skin by treating it well. And be very careful what ingredients you’re putting on your skin. Many of the synthetic ingredients in mainstream beauty products are very harsh. And they’re very irritating for oily, combination and blemish-prone skin, to say the least! If you’re not sure where to start, my FREE Natural Beauty Guide is a great place to start as it contains a list of ingredients to avoid in your products.
I really hope you enjoyed my guide to summer skin care for oily skin. And I really hope it’s helpful for you.
Now I’d love to hear from you. Which one of these tips are you going to try first? Are you perhaps already doing 1 or 2 or them? Or maybe you have some questions for me? Let me know in the comments below and I’d be happy to help you.
Or perhaps you’d prefer some personalised recommendations and a customised routine that’s right for your oily skin. If so, you I can absolutely help you do exactly that. You can find out how here.