I know summer has arrived when my skin suddenly turns into an oil-slick all down my T-zone. I don’t think this is what Rihanna meant when she told me to shine bright like a diamond. Luckily with age comes wisdom and by now I’ve collected a couple of top tips on keeping things nice and matte from now till April next year.
Firstly, happy skin starts with a good cleansing routine.
I have a couple of friends who struggle with oily skin and most of them will tell me that they still prefer a super foamy face wash because they love it when their skin feels squeaky clean. I get it. When you’ve felt like a grease-ball all day you want to clean up good and proper before bed time.
The problem is that many oily skin cleansers have been formulated with harsh astringents like alcohol or witch hazel, and high amounts of Sodium Laureth Sulfate, a foaming agent that can dry your skin out on the long run. These have a way of stripping your skin’s natural protective barrier, leaving it dry and tight. If you don’t replenish lost moisture and lipids, your oil glands can actually go into overdrive, leading to even more sebum production, and upon that your skin can become sensitized and prone to breakouts.
That being said I know I’m probably not going to convince you to steer clear of your foaming face wash. So try this one. The Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser (R139,95 for 250ml) is gentle and soap-free so it cleanses without drying your skin out, but it still has a light foaming action and is effective at clearing away sebum and daily grime.
I would recommend that you remove makeup with something like micellar water or face wipes first and then follow with the cleanser. It does struggle a bit to remove hard-core makeup like mascara and eyebrow gel. Otherwise it works a charm.
As a note of caution, it does have a light fragrance so if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin this might cause some irritation. I would say it is ideal for people with normal to oily skin. You can read my review of their Gentle Cleansing Lotion here.
A few other tips to keep oily skin at bay during the day
Wash with mild, warm water, and not very hot. High temperatures can trigger oil production.
Don’t rub your skin when drying it. Gently pat dry with a soft towel.
Use a lighter moisturiser during the summer. Products containing a lot of glycerin, urea and petroleum jelly are great for winter but can feel very icky in hot weather. I like products with high water content as well as hyaluronic acid to hydrate during the day, and perhaps a mattifying ingredient like corn starch.
Invest in a good primer. This helps to absorb oil during the day and prevents your makeup from slipping.
Switch to a powder-based foundation. Luckily you’ll find really nice formulations these days that don’t look caked at all. You can read about one of my favourites here.
Finish with a translucent powder. I will dust a loose powder all over my forehead, along the sides of my nose and on my chin, and keep it in my handbag in case I need touch-ups during the day. Look for something with a translucent finish and super fine texture.
If you don’t have powder in your bag, you can always blot a piece of tissue paper or toilet paper on your T-zone. It’s not a long term solution like powder, which continually absorbs, but will help at that moment.
Use a clay mask once a week. Masks that contain Kaolin and / or activated charcoal help to pull out impurities that can clog pores and lead to breakouts.
Any tips to share? Pop them in the comments section below, I would love to hear from you!
*This post has been sponsored by Cetaphil.