For all the oily-skinned beauties, summers are quite the dreaded season. Summers and breakouts go hand in hand for 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.
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. A gentle
I am currently loving this Neem and Tea Tree Facewash from Aroma Magic. It removes oil and dirt effectively and doesn’t dry out the skin, perfect to use every day. Use this no more than twice a day.
2. Witch hazel Toner
If you haven’t used witch hazel (I didn’t until recently), 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 one of the
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.
6. Blotting sheets
Blotting sheets are a saviour when you are wearing makeup and cant use wet wipes. 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 only)
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. Rose water is an excellent 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 cleanse during hot summer days.
I would recommend Zofla Natural Rose Water. It is the best rosewater I have ever used in my life.
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.
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 essential to treat oily-acne prone skin. 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.
You can’t face the harsh summer sun without a good sunscreen. I have been using the Lotus Herbals SPF 50 UV screen gel for years now. This gel-based sunscreen doesn’t leave a white cast or make my skin sweat.
It does have parabens so I am looking for another option and planning to buy this Innisfree Sunscreen next.
That is my 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.
How do you take care of your skin in summer? Do let me know what your summer essentials are.
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