Summer skincare isn’t only about preventing sunburns, bug bites and rashes. “During hot and humid months, the skin goes through changes that directly mirror the climate. Combination Skin will experience excess oil in a wider t-zone and breakouts may become more common. If you have oily skin, your sebaceous glands will produce even more oil during these months. Even dry skin types can notice more oil and clogged pores during this time,” says Teresa Stenzel, Director of Education for Bioelements.
For most, summer’s hotter, often humid air means it’s time to leave the more emollient beauty products on the shelf to avoid clogged pores and pick up lighter, targeted, problem-solvers to combat excess oil and prevent breakouts.
These 6 skin-saving products will control your skin as the temperature and humidity rise:
Bioelements Oil Control Mattifier ($36) is a light-weight, blotting cream that slows down oil-production and instantly absorbs oil. You can layer it evenly over your complexion for a shine-free finish that lasts and lasts. It’s formulated with Thyme to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and Sesame Seed Extract to help balance the skin and absorb excess oil.
Stila Stay All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm ($30) leaves you with perfect-looking skin. Its silky, transparent, creme-to-powder formula has a soft-focus anti-aging effect that’s sure to please and a matte/satin finish. It can be worn under makeup to prime and perfect your complexion, over makeup to set it for longer-lasting results or even as a pressed powder for quick and easy touchups throughout the day. This beauty balm controls oil production, evens out your complexion, reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles and visually shrink pores. Win, win, win and win!
Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF15 PA++ ($39.50) can be applied generously to the face, neck and chest to moisturize your skin, protect you from the burning and aging rays of the sun, reduce shine for up to 8 hours, prevent blemishes and instantly mattify your complexion and balance oil production. It’s ideally suited for acne-prone skin.
Estee Lauder Clear Difference Oil Control/Mattifying Hydrating Gel ($50) is a game-changer for those with an oily or acne-prone complexion. Used twice a day (morning and night) on clean skin you’ll appreciate the feel of it’s cool, refreshing formula as it calms, soothes and gets oil under control.
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion ($60) gives you anti-aging, mattifying and pore minimizing results in an oil-free, anti-aging, moisturizing formula. It contains apple stem cells to slow down the signs of aging and retinol to support cell turnover. In clinical tests, after 4 weeks of use, 100% of users reported excess oil under control, less shine, improvement in the appearance of lines and wrinkles and pores looked more refined.
Peter Thomas Roth Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel ($35) should be applied to clean skin or over moisturizer, sunblock, or makeup to control oil and eliminate shine all day long. This fast-acting, oil-free, fragrance-free product contains Polysilicone-ll to absorb excess oil, Silica to give the appearance of smaller pores and Dimethicone to soften and moisturize your complexion. Men also love this one for their face and scalp.