Summer can be a challenge for many people with combination and oily skin. During this hot season, temperatures and humidity levels rise, which causes this skin type to look constantly shiny or greasy!
Although there’s really no scientific proof to shows that sebaceous glands produce more sebum during the summer, annoying problems like the sweat and oiliness on our faces are likely due to a change in the viscosity (aka. consistency) of the sebum and a higher production of sweat.
Sebum that’s less thick can spread faster and more easily on your face which can make you appear oilier and can also take off all your makeup and sunscreen!
To stay shine-free, we put together this skincare routine for oily skin during summer:
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Morning Skincare Routine
Step 1: Choose a pH-balanced Cleanser
Cleanse your face in the morning with a soft and pH-balanced cleanser, and after a workout to remove sweat. But, as much as you want to constantly cleanse your face during the day to remove sebum, avoid over-cleansing since it will only strip away the healthy lipids and lead to dehydrated skin, which triggers even more sebum production! If you notice shine during the day, you can use an oil-absorbing sheet to remove excess oil without over-cleansing.
Step 2: Apply a Niacinamide Serum
Look for a serum or a moisturizer with niacinamide as the main ingredient. This is a great ingredient that can help lower sebum production after four to eight weeks of use. Plus, it also acts as an antioxidant and moisturizer.
Step 3: Moisturize With a Lightweight or Gel Moisturizer
During summer, look for a lightweight gel moisturizer that can hydrate your skin without making it feel oily. However, you can always skip this step if you feel like the serum and sunscreen are enough to keep your skin hydrated.
Step 4: Use a Lightweight Sunscreen
Choose a lightweight sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection. Apply it all over your face, including your ears, and extend it to your neck. If it has a dewy effect on your skin, try powder after sunscreen for a more matte finish—be sure to pat, not rub, it on to avoid removing the sunscreen.
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Nighttime Skincare Routine
Step 1: Try Double Cleansing
Whether or not you wear makeup, double cleansing is crucial to remove all dirt, sunscreen, and impurities from your skin. Start with an oil-based cleanser to break down sunscreen and makeup, then follow up with a gentle water-based face wash to thoroughly remove all residue.
Step 2: Use a Salicylic Acid Treatment
Salicylic acid is your go-to this season. Salicylic acid is a type of chemical exfoliant that is oil soluble and can penetrate deeper into your pores to remove dead cells and sebum. The continuous use of this ingredient can help minimize sebum production on your skin and keep your pores nice and clean. If you have sensitive skin, look for products with 0.5 % salicylic acid and use two or three times per week. If your skin is quite resistant, look for products up to 2% salicylic acid and use it every other night.
Step 3: Apply a Lightweight Moisturizer
At night, the skin loses more water than during the daytime. So, don’t forget to apply a light moisturizer all over your face, including your eyelids neck, and chest.
What are your biggest summertime skin concerns? Let us know in the comments below if this skincare routine is for you!