8 Steps to an Oil-Free Face

There’s no need to have a “high gloss” to your skin.  Here’s 8 steps to take to get shine-free skin in the heat.

1.  Choose the Right Cleanser

Pick a cleanser with salicylic acid, an ingredient with deep-cleaning properties.  Salicyclic is often used as an exfoliator and an acne treatment as it is an oil-soluble chemical, ideal for treating oily, greasy skin.

“The best part is that it clears the skin from bumps and blemishes but doesn’t over-dry [the skin],” says Ally Myette, a Massachusetts-based makeup artist. Since it absorbs oil, it also makes your next step—applying makeup—easier by giving you a smooth, slick-free canvas to work with.

2.  Don’t Overdo It

Don’t wash your face more often just because your skin gets greasier when it is hot out.  “Over-washing can cause your skin to produce excess oils to overcompensate for the oil-reducing qualities of your face wash’s ingredients, leaving skin even more greasy,” says Michael Lin, M.D., a California-based dermatologist. Washing your face in the morning and at night is all you need to give your skin the best chance of fighting the oil, grease, and blotchiness that may happen throughout the day.

3.  Add Toner to Your Routine

Toner is helpful as this extra step can prevent excess oil from making its way onto your face later in the day. “Toner brings the skin back to its normal pH level while removing dirt, oil, and grime leftover after cleansing,” says Myette. “It also tightens pores to block the return of excess sebum—a combination of dead skin cells and lipids secreted from sebaceous glands.”

4.  Use Sunblock & Don’t Skimp

Hot air and SPF can lead to an oily face – if you use the wrong product.  Abloom can’t stress enough how important it is to use SFP, at least 30 SPF) every single day to protect your skin against cancer and aging!  Pick a SFP product that is formulated to your skin type since the skin on your face is different than the rest of your body. There are shine-reducing formulas, look for the words matte or mattifying on the product.

5.  Say Hello to Primers

Primers are a great way to reduce shine.

“They contain waxes and polymers that provide a smooth, non-greasy canvas for applying makeup,” says Myette. “Wearing primer underneath makeup helps keep it from sliding off during the day, while at the same time providing the skin with added nutrients for a healthy glow.”  It’s also great to use after a long day at the beach to calm any redness due to inflammation from sun exposure or enhanced rosacea.

6.  Opt for a Lightweight Foundation

“Less is more when trying to combat the summer sweaty look,” says Boston-area makeup artist Dani Wagener. “Foundation in hot weather only melts away, leaving a streaky effect and clogged pores.” Switch to a lightweight tinted moisturizer or a cream stick foundation—they blend problem areas (like under-eye circles or acne scars) without adding multiple layers that will leave your skin feeling trapped.

7.  Stop using Powder for a Later in the Day Touchup

You might think using powder is a great way to fight oil and shine that creeps in as the day wears on.  Wrong! “Caking on layers only suffocates your pores and produces more sebum and irritation below the surface” say Wagener.  Reach for blotting papers instead which are specifically created to reduce excess sweat and grease.  Plus they don’t remove your existing makeup!

8.  Say Goodbye to Heavy Creams

Heavy nighttime moisturizers clog the skin and derail your de-shining process. “All of that work you put in earlier in the day to remove oil and grease will be for nothing,” says Myette. “You’ll have to start from scratch the next morning.” Instead, the summertime calls for a lighter before-bed moisturizer. “When it’s close to 100 degrees out or 100 percent humidity, you’re probably better served by a water-based, oil-free type of product,” says David E. Bank, M.D., a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York and author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman’s Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age. Look for moisturizers containing hyaluronic acid as the main hydrating ingredient.

Help is Here

Abloom Med Spa carries a number of products to help combat shine.  Come in for a free consultation and we’ll recommend products specifically for your skin.

Source:  Women’s Health Magazine.