Too Darn Hot? Tips to Keep Your Skin Oil Free

Is the heat freakin’ your skin out? Read on for some tips on how to prevent shine and look your best when the temperatures soar.

The combination of sweat and sunblock can clog pores and make oily or combination skin feel even oilier in hot weather. Got oily skin? No worries, I have some tips…

1. Start with a clean slate
Cleanse your skin with your trusty Clarisonic brush and your favorite cleanser. I love this one. Jan Marini Bioglycolic Cleanser.

2. Oil control
Be sure to exfoliate your skin once a week and use a facial mask regularly, this helps keep pores clean and oil free! These are some of my favorite oil-absorbing masks.

You can even use papaya, which is a great natural mask for oily skin. Simply mash it up, apply it to your face for 10 minutes, rinse and let the magic happen! The natural enzymes found in papaya help to draw out oil without stripping the skin or causing damage, plus it’s also good for digestion!
No papayas, no problemo, try this awesome mask from Jan Marini Skin Zyme Papaya Mask, it’s an accelerating booster to your normal routine. Best to use only 1x a week.

3. Switch up your moisturizer
Replace your rich creams with lighter, oil-free formulas during the warmer months. Glymed Plus Cell Science Ultra Hydro Gel is a fantastic summertime moisturizer for all skin types.

4. Skip creamy foundations
Use a lightweight tinted moisturizer or BB/CC cream such as Phytomer CC CRÈME Skin Perfecting Cream but if you can’t live without foundation, why not try a mineral based foundation to keep things light? Colorescience Loose Mineral Foundation Brush takes the mess out of minerals with a simple, self dispensing powder brush and as an added bonus it provides sun protection!

5. If using foundation, always start with primer
If skipping foundation is not an option, start with an oil-free primer such as Colorescience Skin Mattifying Primer to control shine and help makeup last in humid weather.

6. Try a setting spray
A setting spray will be your new best friend! Use Colorescience Sunforgettable Setting Mist after moisturizer, before primer, after foundation, and once again after you powder to fully set the makeup. Layering your make-up ensures a fresh look throughout the day.

7. To blot or not… I say no. Most blotting papers contain mineral oil and clog up your skin like crazy! If you have to blot, I would use regular tissue paper, and please make sure that your tissues don’t contain lotion. These ‘lotion’ tissues often also contain mineral oil so you may find that blowing your nose might result in clogged pores around your nose and mouth!

Cheers to great skin!