Summer can be great and horrible for your skin all at the same time. What does this mean? Well, with summer comes more moisture in the air which is great for added moisture for your skin. But if you are already oily, or become oily in the summer, it can be a nightmare.
Oily skin occurs when the body creates an excess of oil, which in turn emits from your skin, making your face very oily. Though oily skin can be hereditary, there are other factors that can play a role. Hormone imbalances play a leading role in the production of oily skin, which happens mainly during the teenage years. That is why it’s very important to follow our advice on how to combat your oil, though many adults suffer from oily skin as well!
Make sure you use an oil-free moisturizer with SPF protection. Using a moisturizer will balance out your skin’s hydration levels so you won’t be as oily during the day. SPF protection is key because the sun is so much hotter during these coming months and you need to protect your skin from the harmful cancer-causing rays and from early aging.
Use oil-free cosmetics, especially in your foundation and powder, concealer, blush, and moisturizer. Many people who struggle with oily skin think they should not use a moisturizer because they’re greasy but the oils in your skin will actually lessen if you use an oil-free moisturizer. When skin is not hydrated properly, bad oils are pulled to the surface, trying to balance the skin’s moisture levels. So an excess of bad oils will not be pulled up if the skin is hydrated correctly. Oil-blotting papers work well to remove excess oils during the day and a favorite of ours at Acne Skin Site is Urban Decay’s De-Slick oil blotting compact powder to touch up throughout the day. It has tea tree oil in it so it won’t clog your pores, will minimize pores, and keep you looking fresh, without looking caked up with makeup! Great for all skin tones.
It’s important to get good sleep every night and to avoid consuming too much caffeine. Caffeine is known to play a huge role in oily skin. Environment and stress levels also play a factor. Avoid diets rich in fatty, processed foods that may also include a dangerously high level of salt and/or sugar. Also avoid foods cooked in heavy oil and minimize your soda and alcohol intake as well.
A healthy lifestyle will help balance out the oils in your skin so make sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, eat lots of fruit and veggies and healthy, lean proteins, and exercise regularly. Eating healthy foods enriched with vitamins, especially B2, will regulate the oils in your body. Foods with B2 include whole grains and nuts.