Essential summer skincare tips to tackle oily skin

Struggle with shine every summer? You’re not alone.  Unless you plan to hide in an air-conditioned room for the summer months, you’re going to have to deal with sweaty skin exacerbating your usual skincare challenges!

Want to overcome the elements this summer? Here are our top tips for looking after oily skin when the weather’s against you…

#1 Stay away from liquid foundation

Blocking your pores with heavy foundation is only going to make breakouts worse. In the summer in particular, it’s important to stay away from liquid foundations and look for mousse-based or spray foundations. Alternatively, use only powder or a tinted moisturiser.

Max Factor Creme Puff is excellent for every skin type

#2 Keep it clean

It’s essential to find a cleanser that works for your skin. Your larger pores are prone to accumulating dirt and oil, leading to breakouts if you don’t take action. However, experts are divided on the types of cleansers that work best for oily skin. Traditional advice points to oil-free, gel-based or foaming cleansers, but there’s an increasing number of skincare experts who believe that oil-based products are actually most helpful! Try out several cleansers to find out what suits your skin.

Intervene Cleanser, Exfoliator and Primer – does it all in 1

One thing the experts do agree on is the strength of cleansers you should opt for. In short: the gentler the better. That’s because over-cleansing can actually increase oil production. Scrubbing your skin too vigorously will only irritate it and cause more breakouts.

#3 Exfoliate

Exfoliate once a week to give your pores a deep clean. Again, be gentle and don’t overdo it – you’ll just increase oil production.

Follow-up with a mask – look for clay masks or those containing salicylic acid to further cut down on oil production.

Mask yourself up!

#4 Change your habits

Skincare products aside, there are some everyday changes you can make to look after your oily skin. First of all, it is possible to have oily and dehydrated skin. In fact, your skin might produce more oil to compensate for a lack of hydration – so drink plenty of water. When the heat is particularly intense (or you’re expecting to get particularly sweaty!), we recommend tying hair back and away from your face, as it’ll only irritate your skin more. Also, try to stop touching your face with your hands quite so much to avoid transferring yet more oil and dirt. Finally – resist the urge to squeeze and pop spots as it’ll only damage your skin more in the long run.

Changing habits is difficult but it might make all the difference to your oily skin this summer!

#5 Preserve makeup with primer

Primer acts as a barrier between your oily skin and your makeup, helping it last longer. Primers have a bad rep as pore-clogging products, so look out for a lightweight formula and only apply where you really need it.

#6 In case of emergency

Keep blotting paper in your makeup bag!

Do you have any tips for tackling the shine this summer? We’d love to hear your product recs and top tips for managing oily skin. Reveal your skincare secrets in the comments below!

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