The rising temperatures in London have been perfect for BBQ's and rooftop shenanigans but alas all this heat has not been good for my skin. *Warning: Graphic description ahead* My poor face has been transformed from gloriously matte to a rather grim oil slick. I'm talking pores so large, you could swim in them and enough oil to fry an egg. Okay that might be a slight exaggeration, but it has been a really oily couple of weeks. I've come up with a few tips and tricks that take me from 'greasy face' to 'natural glow'. If you are like me and could do with a little less shine this summer, then check out the tips below.
Up Your Exfoliating Game
I would normally exfoliate every fortnight but now I find I need a good scrub at least twice a week. My skin feels clogged otherwise and I just can't with breakouts. Be gentle when exfoliating. Remember you are trying to remove dirt, NOT the topmost layer of your face. Also wash your face with tepid water and rinse with cold. This nifty trick reduces the appearance of pores.
Ditch Your Moisturiser
I know I keep going on about ditching your moisturiser but seriously give it a miss for the rest of summer. Your oil rich lotion which was a godsend in winter is just too much for your face right now. Swap for a light serum preferably with at least SPF 15 protection. It won't overload your skin with unnecessary oils plus a smoothing formula is a great base for makeup.
Go Easy On The Makeup
We've all been there. You go full glamour for a night out. Ten minutes on the tube and your makeup is literally melting off your face. You are sad, everyone on the tube is horrified. It's not a good time. Keep it simple you gorgeous creature, with a smidge of tinted moisturiser and lashings of mascara.
Stop Rubbing Yourself
Well, your face specifically. When you are applying products to your face avoid rubbing your skin, instead dab the product on and push into your skin with your fingertips. Pressing the product into your skin allows for deeper absorption, living less of a sheen on the surface of your skin. It's more time consuming but totally worth it.
Blotting Paper Is Your New BFF
Despite your best efforts at oil control, sometimes you will get a little shiny. Keep a pack of blotting papers on hand and you can remove excess oil without worrying about smudging your makeup. *Budget Beauty Tip* Old receipts are also pretty effective at removing excess oil. The paper is really absorbent and will soak up the oil in seconds.
If you have any tips on oil control, please share them in the comments below!