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There are lots of reasons why we love summer, including the extra daylight, beach trips, and vacations. But when you have oily skin, you may find yourself thinking more about how you’re going to help prevent your complexion from looking overly greasy instead of focusing on kicking up your feet and enjoying the surf and the sand. So, what can you do? Follow these eight tips for taking care of oily skin in the summertime.
When it comes to your oily skin routine for summer, it’s all about looking for products that help mattify. And the first step in your skin care routine should be cleansing. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify and Mattify Cleanser is powered by three different clays and enhanced with eucalyptus. It transforms from clay to mousse and removes everyday impurities from the surface of your skin without over-drying. It also helps remove excess sebum (oil) from the surface of your skin for a refreshed look and feel. Once a day, squeeze the cleanser onto your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Gently massage it onto your face in circular motions, then rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
Think you can skip the moisturizer if you have oily skin? Think again! In the summer, look for a lightweight moisturizer formulated for oily skin, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration with a matte finish. Smooth it over your face and neck after cleansing.
After moisturizing your oily skin, it’s time to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you should use a broad-spectrum one with SPF 15 or higher, along with taking other sun protection measures. Those include limiting your time in the sun (especially during the sun’s peak hours of 10 a.m.-2 p.m.), covering up by wearing long sleeves, long pants, UV-blocking sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat, and reapplying sunscreen at least every two hours—and immediately after swimming or sweating. As far as picking a sunscreen for oily skin goes, consider looking for one that’s oil-free and non-comedogenic.
Exfoliating should be an essential step in your weekly skin care routine if you have oily skin to help slough away dead skin cells that may have built up on the surface of your skin. Use a scrub, like the L’Oréal Paris Go 360° Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub,which gently exfoliates dull, dead skin cells and removes all traces of oil, dirt, and makeup. The scrub comes with a handy tool, the Scrublet™, a super-soft scrubbing disk that can help you cleanse more effectively. Pay attention to how your skin responds after exfoliating to help determine how often you should do it—while some people can handle daily exfoliation, others may only be able to do so once or twice a week.
Clay masks are one of the most popular skin care products out there—and if you have oily skin, you may benefit from adding one to your skin care routine this summer. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Purify & Mattify Treatment Mask. is formulated with three types of clay (kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava) and enhanced with eucalyptus leaf extract to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and reduce the look of excess shine. Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off. Use three times a week for best results.
If you’re going to be traveling a lot this summer, pick up a no-rinse cleansing option that you can use on the go, like micellar water. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies. Sweep it across your face using a cotton pad and you’re good to go.
Having your makeup start to slip down your face the second you step outside during the summer is just the worst. The best way to avoid this unpleasantness is to stay inside—just kidding! Instead of piling on multiple products, iust opt for a lightweight BB cream. The L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream has four benefits in one: It primes to smooth skin’s texture, corrects for an even-looking complexion, hydrates for long-lasting moisture, and perfects to hide imperfections.
If you haven’t hopped on the blotting paper bandwagon, you’re missing out. Blotting sheets can seriously come in handy if you have oily skin. Just press one onto your complexion to help sop up excess grease during the day. They’re compact enough to keep on you at all times—and all it takes is a quick trip to the ladies’ room and a single sheet to help get rid of excess shine.