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For all the oily-skinned beauties, summers are quite the dreaded season. Because summers and breakouts go hand in hand for most of us, including me.
It is just the beginning of summer and my skin has already started misbehaving. I just recovered from a bout of breakouts and will have to be on alert for the next few months trying to keep my skin oil-free.
Taking care of oily skin during summers can be tricky but it’s not impossible to avoid breakouts. But with the help of these must have essential products, I am able to manage my oily skin
10 Must Have Summer Essentials for Oily Skin
1. Oil-control Face Wash
It is a no-brainer that proper cleansing is important for sweaty summer weather. But you don’t want to go overboard with it and leave your skin dehydrated. So use facewashes no more than twice a day.
2. Witch Hazel Toner
If you haven’t used witch hazel (I didn’t until last year), you may want to start using one now. Witch hazel is a natural astringent and helps tighten pores and control sebum production.
I like using pure witch hazel from Bonsoul but you can use other toners with witch hazel as a key
3. Light-Weight Moisturiser
It already hard for me to find a good moisturizer that hydrates well, controls oiliness and does not break me out. Most moisturizers out there are just too oily for me to use in summers.
But the Soultree Tulsi & Sandalwood Moisturizer is perfect since it has gel-like consistency so it will keep your skin matte for longer. It is made with ingredients like glycerin, aloe vera, tulsi and witch hazel which are all beneficial for oily skin.
Use a water-based moisturizer with gel-like consistency and preferably with some SPF.
4. Aloe Vera Gel
This all-time favourite ingredient of mine deserves a special mention. Aloe vera hydrates and moisturizes well, soothes the skin and also helps treat sunburns.
I always apply pure aloe vera gel on the skin before going to bed. Make sure you use an aloe vera gel without any additives like artificial colouring and fragrances.
5. Wet Wipes
I always carry a pack of wet wipes in my bag no matter what the season is. Wet wipes can help instantly refresh skin when you get all sweaty and don’t have access to a restroom or water(or if you are just lazy like me!).
The Mamaearth Wet Wipes are free of any harmful chemicals and biodegradable too. Good for both your skin and nature.
P.s Don’t use it as a replacement for a good cleanser. Is is for emergencies only.
6. Blotting Sheets
Blotting sheets are a saviour when you are wearing makeup and you skin turns oily. Just dab it onto your skin starting with t-zone(forehead and nose)or wherever your skin feels too oily and viola! Instant matte skin with makeup intact.
I always carry a few in my clutch for dinners, weddings or parties. Blotting tissues are often overpriced but the cheapest ones I found are from Oriflame and Forever 21. (Both for Rs. 150 and available offline)
7. Rose Water
I wash my face twice a day- in the shower and before bed but during summers, I feel like washing my face every few hours. At such times, rose water really helps.
I just spray it on the face and wipe with cotton or tissue. Rosewater is an excellent gentle cleanser and can help remove excess oil and dirt and also tone the skin at the same time. Perfect for cleansing your face in between your AM and PM routine during hot summer days.
I would recommend Zofla Natural Rose Water. It is the best rose water I have ever used so far and really affordable.
All that extra sebum your skin produces during summer along with the dead skin cells can easily clog pores and lead to breakouts. So exfoliating skin twice a week is mandatory to remove dead skin cells.
I have been using Ubtan India D-Tan Scrub for over a few months now and it’s great. It is made with natural ingredients and the scrubbing granules are not too gritty.
Within two weeks I saw a considerable reduction in suntan from the face. The scrub is affordably priced and will easily last a good 4-5 months at the least.
9. Clay Mask
Using a clay mask twice a week is one of the essentials to treat oily skin not just in summer but all around the year. DIY face masks are my favourite and I prefer them over readymade ones any day.
A simple Multani mitti + rose water face mask will reduce sebum production, treat blemishes, improve blood circulation and remove sun tan too. Bentonite or Kaolin clay works well for oily, acne-prone skin too.
If you prefer readymade face masks, try the Neemli Naturals Detox Face Mask or Juicy Chemistry Tea Tree Face Mask.
You can’t face the harsh summer sun without a good sunscreen. It is a must have essential skincare product for not just summer but throughout the year.
I am currently using the Mamaearth Sunscreen SPF 50 which is light-weight and doesn’t leave a white cast on skin.
That is my must-have summer skincare essentials list for oily skin. With the right products and little extra care, you can keep your skin clear and oil-free this summer.
Do let me know what your must have summer essentials are and how you take care of your oily skin in summer.
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