Summer is definitely my favourite season, partly because drinking during the day is deemed acceptable, but also because everyone seems to be in a better mood in when we have good weather.
There’s nothing I love more than spending my entire day outside making the most of the rare bit of sun we get in England- there is however something that comes hand-in-hand with the sunshine that I hate and that is shiny, greasy skin.
Now my skins oily at the best of times even in those arctic winter months, but as soon as the sun starts beaming on my face I’ve got enough oil on my face to supply a fish and chip shop. The worst thing is that it’s not concentrated in my T-zone but instead its my entire face, so I literally just look like I’m sweating.
Thankfully, after a lot of trial and error over the years, I’ve found some ways to combat the summer shine and while it does not make my face look completely matte it definitely makes my face look more glowing and a lot less sweaty.
(Click the pictures for a link to where you can purchase the product mentioned).
I’m going to take this step-by-step from morning to night.
1. Anthony, Glycolic Facial Cleanser
When I first initially used this I didn’t think I’d get on with it because it doesn’t foam up, yet two years later and it’s still my go to face wash.
It works as a chemical exfoliator (containing 4.9% glycolic acid) which is good if you’re prone to acne or have sensitive skin because it’s a lot less irritating than a physical exfoliator.
I use this every morning to help make my skin feel and look more fresh and awake which is achieved through the aloe vera and vitamin A, C and E that it contains.
2. The Body Shop, Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner
I picked this trick up from youtuber James Welsh and can vouch that it definitely helps. I find that no matter what moisturiser I use during the summer, no matter how mattifying it is, I still end up with an oil slicked face by the mid-afternoon.
Instead I now add a few drop of this toner in to the palms of my hands and then dab and pat it in to my skin, let it sink in and then repeat an additional 6 times.
I’ve found that not only does it keep my skin looking matte, it’s also made my skin a lot brighter and the tea tree has also helped calm the redness of my blemishes too.
3. Yadah, Oh My Sun Slush
This was another one of James Welshs recommendations (if you haven’t checked out his youtube channel you definitely should)!
I use this on gloomier days- which is pretty stupid of me considering it’s SPF 50+ PA+++. This stuffs amazing though, it doesn’t leave that greasy layer like your typical sunscreen and it also doesn’t leave that weird grey/ blue tinge to your skin that cheaper sunscreens tend to leave behind.
Throughout The Day:
4. Boots, Skin Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets
These essentially do what they say on the tin. Just carry them in your wallet and when you start looking a bit shiny, whack one out, pat it on your skin, let it absorb the excess oil, throw it in the bin and resume with your day.
If you cant get your hands on these, you could easily just use a tissue, though I wouldn’t start walking in to a public restroom and start dabbing yourself with toilet paper from there.
5. La Roche-Posay, Effaclar Foaming Gel
This is the only product I’ve used from La Roche-Posay so far, but I can definitely see why there’s a huge hype over their products.
I use this before I go to bed, it’s perfect as it gently cleanses your skin so you can get rid of all the dirt and grime from the day without feeling like you’ve stripped your face dry.
It’s definitely helped reduce the amount of oil on my skin and has calmed any breakouts I’ve had too!
6. Origins, Clear Improvement, Active Charcoal Mask
I initially received this to test out and have been buying it ever since.
I tend to just use this every time I shape up my beard so usually twice a week straight after shaving. I do this because it prevents my skin from breaking out or becoming irritated which usually happens after I shave.
Also because it contains clay, it’s actively absorbing the excess oils and impurities from my skin to help balance out the oil.
Hopefully some of these tips will work for you guys! If you have anything that you do to help combat shiny skin then I’d love to hear from you guys…