How to Combat that Oily Summertime Skin

For the most part, I am lucky enough to have a normal skin type. However, as the seasons began to shift this past year, my skin decided to make some changes as well. In the spring, my skin started to change into a combination skin type, then began to evolve into an oily skin type when we were in the dead of summer. Weirdly enough, this is the first time my skin has ever made such a drastic change, and to be honest, I didn’t really know how to handle it. I make skincare a priority, so I did all I could to deal with this annoying shift in skin condition. Here’s how I managed:


  1. Use a light moisturizer - If you have oily skin, you’re going to be tempted to skip out on a moisturizer as part of your skincare routine. Believe it or not, your skin produces more oil when you decide against using a moisturizer, so you shouldn’t forgo this step. However, you should definitely opt for an oil-free moisturizer that will keep your skin from feeling greasy. I recently discovered the Confidence in a Gel Lotion Moisturizer from IT Cosmetics and it was a total game changer. It’s weightless and provides up to 72 hours of hydration. 

  2. Wash your face more often - I had to increase the frequency in which I washed my face within a day, but I found that this made a drastic difference in the oil production. I used a gentle cleanser, but if you need a little more help getting rid of that oil, use a facial cleanser with salicylic acid. I use the Murad Clarifying Cleanser because it dissolves oil, treats acne, and contains salicylic acid and green tea extract.

  3. Oil blotting sheets - Blotting sheets are a great way to clear the oil from your face if you need a quick pick-me-up. They are specifically made to pull the oil from your skin and absorb it onto the sheet. Plus, they are super cheap and easy to use!

  4. Try not to touch your face - Trust me, I KNOW how hard this is. It is so tempting, but when you’re conscious about it, you’ll catch yourself in the act and slowly begin to stop altogether. Touching your face produces so much more oil than usual. Also, it causes you to break out because it spreads the oil and bacteria on your hands to your face. 

  5. Keep a powder on hand - Kind of an alternative to blotting sheets, but keeping a setting powder in your purse is another great way to soak up the oil that your face produces. Reapply whenever you feel oily. After all, they didn’t used to call the women’s restroom “the powder room” for nothing. The Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay finishing powder by Tarte works to absorb oil, make your makeup last longer, and balance all skin types.

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