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There’s a lot to love about summer. To name a few reasons, there’s the longer daylight hours, abundance of barbecues, rose wine, relaxing beach days, outdoor markets and lighter-than air clothing. But a big downside is the combined heat and humidity that can wreak havoc on the complexions of those with oily or acne-prone skin. Luckily, increased oil production and a seemingly ever-present slicker-than-usual complexion doesn’t have to be a given.
Tony Silla, Aesthetician and Co-Owner of Face Place says, “A major advantage for those with oilier skin is that as you age it will stay more hydrated and supple than dry skin – so this will reduce wrinkles overall.” It’s nice to know you’ll hold onto your good looks a little longer but that doesn’t mean you won’t want to address the detriments of it like shiny skin or breakouts. Silla says, “Genetics, hormones and products are the main causes of oily skin,” and while you might not be able to control your inherited predisposition for oily skin, you can certainly keep your hormones in check by reducing your stress levels and following a healthy, balanced diet, and you have even more influence when it comes to the products you choose to use.
To help control your oily skin Silla recommends the following:
DO use a lightweight, yet hydrating, moisturizer as your skin still requires moisture or it will produce more oil to compensate.
DO use non-comedogenic moisturizers, serums, primers and other skincare and makeup products which are specially formulated so as not to cause blocked pores.
DO treat your skin with kid gloves. Avoid over-cleansing or over-exfoliating as this can make the situation worse and produce more oil.
DO see an aesthetician or dermatologist if additional help is needed. Salicylic acid is very effective at tightening pores, reducing oil production and targeting acne. A salicylic acid peel combined with a clinical facial treatment including extractions will give you great results.
BITB-Approved Stop-Shine Skincare Picks:
Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper ($18.50) will instantly refresh and mattify your oil-slicked visage. These portable, keep-in-your-bag powder-coated sheets banish excess shine for a fresh-faced look. Oil-absorbing hydroxyapatite handles excess sebum as sheets banish shine.
Face Place Face Shampoo–Oil Control Cleanser ($32) utilizes natural botanical extracts like wasabi, nettle and cinnamon bark to wash away excess sebum and impurities that can clog pores and won’t dry out your skin.
Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++ ($39.50) keeps oily and combo skin matte, moisturized and protected for up to 8 hours. It’s formulated with a special Oil-Control Complex® to diminish shine while preserving moisture. Willow Bark Extract clears away impurities and helps manage (WC) breakouts while Argan Extract softens and smooths, and sunscreens protect. Wear alone or under makeup as part of your anti-acne or anti-shine regimen.
Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask – Oil Control Carrot ($24) contains Carrot Extract to help normalize the over-production of sebum and deliver and neutralize damaging free radicals, Echinacea GreenEnvy™, a patent-protected concentration blendable to support collagen and even out the complexion, and Coconut Gel for increased hydration.
Zo Skin Health Acne Prevention and Treatment Collection ($140) goes to work slowing sebum production, diminishing the look of pores and exfoliating skin cells to unclog pores and prevent breakouts. The collection includes Offects® Exfoliating Cleanser, Offects® Exfoliating Polish,
Offects® TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment, Offects® TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment Solution, and
Offects® Sulfur Masque.
NOTE: Products have been sent for review or tested in store. All opinions are my own.