Those of us with naturally oily skin are well-acquainted with the ongoing struggle that is maintaining the perfect balance between moisturized skin and greasy skin, but with summer on the horizon, we think we can all agree that this struggle becomes relevant for everyone. Sure, a bit of shine is inevitable (we prefer to think of it as a natural, healthy glow), but these key tips, from our favorite non-greasy moisturizers to the right amount of moisturizer to use, should make avoiding the oil-slick look that much easier.
Use an oil-free moisturizer.
We’re all for using oils in place of moisturizer, but when it comes to tempering oil production, an oil-free moisturizer may be a wise choice, even for dry and sensitive skin types. Let your favorite face oils work the night shift and wear a lightweight oil-free formula during the day—Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer is one of our favorites, as it’s perfectly hydrating and leaves a smooth, healthy finish behind, but it also contains oil-absorbing spheres that wick shine away yet won’t dry out sensitized skin.
Apply a mattifying primer.
Even if you don’t regularly work a mattifying primer into your routine throughout the rest of the year, it’s definitely a worthwhile investment if you’re prone to warm weather greasies. You’ll want to look for primers that combat shine while also containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, as they’ll add an extra hydration boost as well, so it’s a win-win. We’re most recently obsessed with Peter Thomas Roth Pore Putty, a lightweight, pore-blurring treatment that you can apply as a primer or pat on top of your finished makeup to keep shine at bay for a smooth, airbrushed look.
Look to serums.
Lightweight serums make a great replacement for thicker moisturizers in the spring and summer, especially for oily skin, as they’ll hydrate while sinking into the skin rather than sitting on top of it. Eve Lom Intense Hydration Serum feels like water going on, thanks to its high concentration of hyaluron, which essentially locks moisture into the skin without adding weight.
Knowing just how much product to use can be a little dodgy, but as a general rule, you need no more than a dime-sized amount of serum or moisturizer to cover and properly hydrate your whole face. Any more and your skin just won’t absorb it, leaving the excess to turn into an oil slick rather than serve its intended purpose. Just apply a small amount at first and massage it into your skin until absorbed—you can always add more if you need to.
Choose a matte sunscreen.
We know: Sunscreen can be the number one most challenging foe in the battle against greasiness, but it doesn’t have to be that way. While sunscreens of yore tended to be an inevitable source of oiliness and even clogged pores, our prayers have been answered, and there are now plenty of matte-finish SPF formulas available to choose from. We’re well-documented fans of Boscia Daily Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA+++, an excellent choice that moisturizers and protects while defending the skin against sun damage. It doesn’t completely mattify the skin, but rather blends naturally for a smooth, silky finish.
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