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. A little extra care and attention and you will enjoy the sunny days. Here is a list of summer skincare products to help you keep shine and pimples away.
Oil-control face wash
It is a no-brainer that proper cleansing is important for oily skin. But you don’t want to go overboard with it and leave your skin dehydrated. A good gel based or foaming cleanser is a must. 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.
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 an ingredient like this one. Take a few drops on a cotton pad or directly spray it on your face and pat it down after you wash your face.
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 Juniper Berry oil-free Moisturizer from Aroma magic is perfect since it has watery consistency so it will keep your skin matte for longer. Also, it has hyaluronic acid which hydrates the skin very well. Use any moisturizer with water or gel-like consistency preferably with an SPF.
Lacto calamine lotion
This all-time favourite product loved by all oily-skinned girls deserves a special mention. It moisturizes well, has a matte finish and is dirt cheap. It also has zinc oxide so acts as a mild sunscreen too. Apply a thick layer overnight on breakouts and watch them disappear in days. You can’t go wrong with this one.
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 toxic chemicals and biodegradable too.
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 during parties. Blotting tissues are generally overpriced but the cheapest ones I found are from Oriflame and Forever 21(both for Rs. 150)
Rose water mists
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 washes. I would recommend Zofla Natural Rose Water.
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 Biotique Bio Papaya Tan-Removal Scrub for over a year now and it’s amazing. It is made without any toxic chemicals and scrubbing granules are not too gritty. Within two weeks I saw a considerable reduction in suntan from the face. One jar lasts me almost 6 months so its so cheap you can use it for your body too.
Using a face pack 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 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 Aroma Magic Sunscreen . It is non-toxic and doesn’t leave a white cast behind.
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? Let me know if these products worked for you.
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