Tips for Managing Oily Skin in the Summer

Oily and combination skin is a common problem among Women of Colour. Studies show that over 60% of women in their 20’s and 30’s suffer from it. Here are some tips that may be helpful in managing oily/combination skin this summer.

Take good care of your skin

Makeup can hide imperfections but a good skincare routine is the best way to manage oily and combination skin. Whether I wear makeup or not, I always wipe my face with Superdrug Tea Tree Sensitive Wipes. Tea tree effectively dries out overactive oily skin and blemishes while still allowing skin to retain its natural moisture. For cleansing, I use Garnier PureActive Sensitive Anti Blemish Gel Wash followed with Garnier’s PureActive Sensitive Anti-Blemish Tonic to tone my skin. Both products contain salicylic acid which reduces sebum (what makes your T-zone shiny) secretion and instantly mattifies the skin. t’s important to use a moisturiser formulated specifically for oily skin. Irie Rocks’s Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Facial Moisturiser restores and replenishes the skins natural balance. 

Use a primer

Primers prep your skin for the perfect foundation application by reducing the appearance of fine lines and pores. They also keep your makeup looking fresh all day which can be quite a challenge with oily skin. Becca’s Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector soaks up excess sebum to leave your skin looking fresh all day. You can also wear it on days when you want to go au naturel. Although it is pricy at £28.00, you only need to use a pea sized amount and you only need to apply it where you feel it’s necessary. If your skin is very oily, I would recommend using Phillip’s Milk of Magnesia Original before you apply your make up. All you have to do is apply a thin layer all over your face and either rub it in (or wait for it to dry) and then apply your foundation.

Essential oils

Essential oils work wonders on oily skin. You may think that it’s a little strange but with some cases of oily skin, the best way to reduce oil is to use a product with oil. Many essential oils have astringent and skin balancing properties that help minimize oily skin. There are six essential oils that are highly recommended: geranium, tea tree, neroli, lavender, aloe vera and fennel. Do not apply essential oils straight from the bottle. Mix them with a few drops of water and do a test on a small area first. If any irritation occurs, then stop using that oil. I personally have found that my essential oils work best when mixed with a carrier oil such as jojoba or avocado. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils and they carry the oil into the skin without having any effects.

Drink Water

Keep your skin healthy by drinking plenty of water. In the summer, it’s so easy to be dehydrated so always make sure you have a bottle of water in your bag before you head off to work. Once your skin is properly hydrated, the oil glands will receive signals from the brain that the excess oil is no longer needed, this will then slow down the oil production in the skin meaning you stay shine free for a lot longer.

Natural Remedies

My go to natural remedies for oily skin are Aztec’s Secret Indian Healing Facial Clay and Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. Both ingredients clear the skin of all impurities and reduce the appearance of pores and blemishes. Mix both products together in a small bowl, apply to your face and leave it on until your face feels very tight. Two other natural remedies that are perfect for oily skin are neem and turmeric. I mix turmeric powder with a bit of lemon and leave it on my face for 15 mins. I also use Himalaya Purifying Neem Mask to keep my skin clean.

 Choose the right foundation

If you suffer from oily/combination skin then you need to ensure you use foundations that have a mattifying or semi-matte finish. Beware of ‘oil free’ foundations as they may not keep your skin matte throughout the day (some make the skin even oilier!). I have two holy grail foundations that I simply can’t live without. They are IMAN’s Second to None Cream to Powder Foundation and Black Up’s Multi Action CC Cream. Both foundations are formulated with oily skin in mind and target specific skin problems of WoC. You can opt for medium or full coverage depending on the look you are going for.