Experts Dish on the Fundamental Causes and Possible Cures
With rising temperatures come hazy sunsets and lingering conversations under a summer breeze. While we look forward to basking in the sunshine, summer also leads to more sweat and oil, which can leave an unattractive sheen. You want to appear glowing, not slick with oily skin. Here’s what experts say about combating excess oil.
Heal Oily Skin With Oils
Those with naturally oily skin shy away from face oils, but these can be a powerful weapon in your skin care arsenal, according to facialist Isabelle Bellis. “Oils can help stabilize and regulate the overproduction of sebum and actually help get rid of acne,” she says. For oily skin, choose a formulation with purifying oils like ylang ylang.
Another common mistake? Using too many products. Celebrity facialist Shani Darden, whose clientele includes Chrissy Teigen and Jessica Alba, suggests using a lighter hand and simplifying your routine. She also cautions against using harsh chemical peels in the summertime, which can cause hyperpigmentation. For oily prone skin, gel-based moisturizers are best.
Your oily skin already produces a lot of moisture, but that doesn’t mean you should skip the moisturizing altogether. You might even make the problem worse: If you fail to lock in your existing moisture, your skin may begin to dry, which signals your body to produce even more sebum.
Opt for a serum over a heavy emollient, which will lock in moisture without creating an unattractive sheen. Formulations with green tea extracts will provide lightweight antioxidant protection that heals your skin from the inside out. Keep in mind that men’s skin is naturally thicker than women’s skin: Lads, this means you should splurge on your own products instead of dipping your fingers into your SO’s bathroom drawers.
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