Summer’s fun, right? The beach days, cutesy floral dresses, and free-flowing cocktails. But when you have oily skin, these aren’t exactly the first things that come to mind. As a fellow oily skin type, I can say it goes a little more like “where’s my setting powder? Has anyone seen my setting powder?!”. But there comes a point where a girl doesn’t want to keep whipping out her powder to mattify her face. We want a prevention, not a compact-shaped, short-term solution. If you’ve reached breaking point, or are just about to, here’s how to control oily skin during hotter temps.
Stock Up on Pink Clay
Pink clay absorbs excess oils on the surface of the skin whilst balancing moisture levels. This means it’ll never leave your skin feeling stripped, which is a pretty big deal for oily faces as it won’t signal to the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum (the oily substance we can definitely have enough of) to naturally moisturise the skin.
Pink Clay Regenerating Face Mask - £30.00
Formulated with the softest pink clay, our Regenerating Face Mask will help keep oil under control by absorbing any excess on the surface of the skin. To reduce the oh-so-many breakouts caused by oily skin, it’ll also draw out impurities and unclog your pores. Aaaand relax…
Cut Down on Sugar
We’re not talking about dieting. You’re beautiful, m’kay? We’re talking about how it’s been proven that foods high in sugar increase sebum production by causing a peak in insulin and IGF-1, which both contribute to how much sebum we produce. To maintain oil control, it’s a good idea to be mindful of the amount of sugar you’re eating to regulate healthy sebum production.
Ditch the Makeup Wipes
No skincare routine should still involve makeup wipes, especially a skincare routine for oily skin. They’re basically the dinosaurs of the skincare world and on their way to extinction as they leave makeup, dirt, and most importantly, excess oil on the skin.
Clear Skin Cleanser - £12.00
ZenaSkin Clear Skin Cleanser is one of the best cleansers for oily skin as it gently, yet thoroughly removes any makeup, debris, and unwanted oils from deep within the pores. The formula is infused with natural fruit extracts, such as watermelon, cranberry, and strawberry, to deliver essential vitamins and minerals to maximise skin health. Removing your makeup will go from a chore to an act of self-love.
Don’t Be Afraid to Moisturise
Many people avoid moisturiser as they think it’ll make oily skin even greasier, which is only half true. Sure, a heavy, greasy moisturiser will do exactly that, but a lightweight moisturiser will do the opposite. Applying a moisturiser daily, AM and PM, as part of your oily skincare routine will prevent the skin from drying out and going into sebum overload. Our advice? Moisturise so you can stay in control.
Co-Enzyme Q10 Moisturiser - £17.50
Packed with hydrating ingredients including hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and shea butter, it’ll inhibit the overproduction of sebum, while co-enzyme Q10 accelerates the skin cell renewal process for a brighter, fresher complexion.
Approach Skincare Products Formulated for Oily Skin with Caution
You’d think skincare products made specifically for oily skin would be on your side, wouldn’t you? But they can easily worsen oily faces with harsh ingredients that entirely strip sebum from the skin, and we all know what that means by now (sebum production will do the most if you missed it). Ingredients to ban from your oily skincare routine include sulphates, silicones, and artificial fragrance.
Shrink Those Pores
The smaller your pores are, the less likely they’re going to become clogged with sebum. If you’re also prone to producing more of it than the average person, it’ll slow down the amount that reaches the surface of the skin preventing a build-up of oils.
Orange & Chamomile Aloe Toner - £11.50