Oily Skin Solutions: How to Get the Perfect GlowSummertime skin woes? We all deal with them. But what is especially annoying is that hot, greasy look that happens when you pair oily skin with seasonal humidity. Not only can it leave you susceptible to blemishes, but trying to keep it at bay can feel nearly impossible.
The good news is that we’re here to help! We’ve put together this guide with tons of information on oily skin causes, treatments, and tips for reducing the issue all year long. Ready to find the right balance and enjoy a healthy summer glow instead? Keep reading to learn more.
What Causes Oily Skin?If we want to get a little bit technical, oily skin is caused by a fatty substance called sebum. It comes from under the surface of your skin in what’s called the sebaceous glands and is essentially designed to keep your skin moisturized and healthy.
The problem? Sometimes the body makes too much of it, which can lead to a buildup. Hormones, diet, genetics, and increased stress are often the most common causes of this issue and the associated oily skin problem that comes along with it.
Top Tips for Reducing Oily SkinSo, how do you reduce oily skin issues? The answer is by making a couple of lifestyle changes and using the right skincare products. While some adjustments may take a bit of getting used to, others only require switching up your daily routine a bit during the summer. Here are a few of our top tips to consider.
Adjust Your DietMaking a few changes to your diet can help you reduce sebum production, too. Spicy foods and alcohol are two of the worst for people with oily skin, meaning that margarita and hot salsa during taco Tuesday might not be the best idea, and you’ll probably want to cut back. Likewise, eating foods rich in Vitamin A like spinach and carrots are known to help improve the issue.
Switch Your Foundation for Tinted MoisturizerIf you typically use a foundation during the summer, it might be time to make a temporary switch through the warmer months. Some formulas can settle in your pores, which traps oil and makes the shine issue even worse. Plus, it can also cause you to experience more acne breakouts. Switching to a tinted moisturizer (especially if it contains SPF!) is a great idea this time of year.
Incorporate a PrimerPlanning on taking a few summer selfies while out with friends? Then you’ll want to try a primer specifically designed for oily skin. This can be a great way to create a matte look that reduces shine and keeps your skin looking healthy, no matter what the humidity level is outside.
How to Use Toner on Oily SkinOur biggest tip? Choose a toner specifically designed for oily or acne-prone skin. We’re obviously big fans of our Thayers Blemish Clearing Witch Hazel Toner, which features certified organic aloe and tea tree oil to reduce blemishes.
You’ll want to use this product immediately after washing your face with your favorite cleanser. Saturate a cotton pad with the toner, then swipe it over your skin. Keep up the process for a few days to ensure you don’t have a reaction to the product, then incorporate it up to twice a day in your skincare routine.
Love the effects of astringents? Witch hazel is a natural astringent and gives the positive effects people love when it comes to tightening pores and oil control, minus the presence of harsh alcohol. It is a far more gentle solution, and on top of that, the presence of aloe vera and glycerin in the formula hydrates the skin. Not bad for a simple step to help reduce oil, right?