Higher humidity and rising temperatures mean the sun isn’t the only thing that’s shining this summer. You’ve probably already started to notice your skin is producing more oil than usual now that it’s warm outside.
Skin naturally produces oil through the sebaceous glands to maintain a healthy level of moisture. Although genetics play a role in your level of oil production, your environment and the products you use can also be major factors. Heat and humidity can trigger the sebaceous glands to kick into high gear, which is why oily skin is often associated with warmer weather.
There’s no way to stop oil production from happening, but there are ways to control it. You can stock up on blotting papers and translucent powder, or you can try the six tips below to control your oily skin this summer.
Exfoliate Away the Oiliness
Exfoliation has a two-fold effect. First, it will remove excess oil that’s already present. Second, exfoliating the top layer of dead skin cells away will help the products that control oil work more effectively.
You can exfoliate at home with scrubs or get a deeper exfoliation with facials and chemical peels. Our Facial Spa Treatment is an effective way to exfoliate the skin and sweep away the oil that’s creating shine and clogging pores. The Mandelic Peel is another option for oily skin that uses alpha-hydroxy acid from bitter almonds to gently exfoliate even the most sensitive skin.
Drink More Water
If your skin is dehydrated one way that it tries to balance itself is by increasing oil production. No matter what season it is, it’s important to drink lots of water throughout the day. The Institute of Medicine recommends that women drink at least 9 cups a day, and that men drink 13 cups a day. If you exercise, sweat a lot during the day, and/or are pregnant or breast feeding you may need to drink more than the recommended amount.
Facials can also help improve this dehydration because they restore moisture to the skin.
Keep Skin Clean Without Harsh Cleansers
When oil production is elevated you’re more likely to experience clogged pores and acne. You’ll need a daily facial cleanser that’s formulated to control oil without dehydrating the skin. Salicylic acid is popular cleansing ingredient that’s been shown to clear pores and get rid of excess oil. Cleansers that are fragrance-free, sulfate-free and soap-free are also recommended since they are less dehydrating.
PLUS: Wash your face with cool or cold water. Hot, steamy water can actually decrease moisture in the skin.
Use an Alcohol-Free Toner
Toners are designed to balance the pH level of skin, and can be extremely effective at keeping sebaceous glands in check. However, certain toner ingredients such as alcohol can strip the skin of moisture and have the opposite effect. Instead, try a toner that uses tea tree oil or witch hazel.
Follow Up Toner With Oil-Free Moisturizer
After washing and toning you can lock in moisture with a light, oil-free moisturizer. Steer clear of moisturizers with mineral oils because they can clog pores. Clogged pores usually produce more oil, leading to shinier and more visually oily looking skin. To minimize the amount of products you put on your face, you may want to switch to a tinted moisturizer in place of your foundation.
Use a Clay-Based Mask
Clay can help absorb excess oil in the skin. Instead of slathering it over your entire face, just apply the mask to your oily areas. Using a clay-based mask once a week can keep oil in check and shrink your pores.
Stress Less and Decompress
Hormone production and oil production are closely related. When we stress our body releases a hormone called cortisol. High levels of cortisol can trigger excess oil production. Just one more reason to get a relaxing facial!
Keep the oil under control all summer long with custom facials and chemical peels from Cadiz Laser Spa. We provide a wide selection of cosmetic procedures in the Austin metro that will keep your skin looking its best this summer!