If your skin looks less than matte at the best of times, it can become an oil slick in the summer. With increased temperatures comes greater humidity - and that can lead to an increase in oil production from your skin’s sebaceous glands.
While sebum contains lipids and fats that protect your skin from drying environmental stressors, too much of it can make your skin’s surface extra oily.
tips to transform your skin from summer grease to summer glow
1. Cleanse Properly
Double-cleansing can be the key to getting rid of oily skin in the summer. As we say at Eminence Organics, “like attracts like” and using a gentle oil cleanser as the first step in your cleansing routine can make a world of difference. We recommend our Stone Crop Cleansing Oil to gently remove makeup and dislodge oil-based products from your pores. Brightening stone crop hydrates and moisturizes for a healthy looking complexion.
Then, cleanse on a deeper scale with the Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser. Regardless of whether your skin has a tendency to break out, switching to a cleanser that is formulated for problem skin can help keep your skin looking matte during oil-inducing summer months (Allure). This award winning cleanser is infused with cucumber, tea tree oil and yogurt to treat oily skin without stripping it of moisture.
2. Remember To Wear Sunscreen
While slathering on sunscreen may seem like a recipe for disaster for an oily complexion, Allure says, “A healthy dose of sunblock (a teaspoon for your face), surprisingly, helps control oil and shine.” Alternatively, choose our Sun Defense Minerals for your sun care and help control the look of shine throughout the day. Stunning supermodel Kate Upton doesn’t leave for vacation without it.
3. Go Makeup Free
Take a cue from Alicia Keys and embrace your makeup-free beauty this summer - or at the very least, forgo your foundation! Not only is a lighter look on trend for summer, but melting makeup can clog your pores and cause your skin to produce even more oil.
4. Avoid Cocktails And Spicy Foods
The saying is true, “You are what you eat” - and during hot summer months, cocktails and spicy foods can wreak havoc on your complexion. These raise your heat index, causing you to feel warmer and perspire more. While sweat isn’t inherently a bad thing, it can lead to clogged pores if it settles for too long on your skin’s surface. The result? Skin that looks more shiny than dewy. Instead, reach for foods that are high in Vitamin A and slow oil production, like carrots, cantaloupe and spinach.
5. Don't Forget To Exfoliate
Exfoliating is an important part of any skin care routine, especially if your skin is oily. Regular exfoliation helps to slough off dead skin cells that have accumulated on your skin’s surface, clogging your pores and dulling your complexion. We recommend our Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant, which includes rice flour and adzuki powder to buff and smooth your skin’s texture, as well as stone crop to hydrate and moisturize. With its light fizzing action, this daily-use exfoliant gently removes impurities for a perfectly polished complexion.
6. Treat Your Skin To A Mask
Applying a clay mask once or twice a week will help de-grease summer skin. Our Acne Advanced Clarifying Masque contains anti-acne ingredients to mattify the skin’s appearance. It gently exfoliates thanks to three types of clay and beta-hydroxy-acid, leaving your skin's appearance fresh and clear.
7. Yes, You Still Need To Moisturize
Adding moisture to greasy skin may seem counterintuitive, but keeping skin hydrated is key to maintaining its balance and keeping oil production under control. If you wonder, “Should you use moisturizer with oily skin?” The answer is a resounding yes. If you’re after the best moisturizer for oily skin, we recommend the Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer. This beauty editor favorite includes cucumber juice, tea tree and willow bark (a natural astringent) to tone and shrink the look of pores, leaving you with soft - never shiny - skin.
How do you tackle oily skin? We’d love to hear your tips and tricks! Share them with us in the comments below and join the conversation on social media.
This article was originally written in June 2020.