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Summer Skin Care


I have a friend who has oily skin and finds that her face generally acts up around the hotter months. She wants some advice on ways to keep her skin at bay during July and August and I was wondering if any chicks 'round here had any tips I could pass on to her? She would really value advice on fighting blackheads and breakouts as well os tips to bust that over all sheen on her skin. I can't wait to tell her all of the cool suggestions everyone has!
Jul 11, 2011 @ 10:53 am

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Oil blotting papers. Even Clean & Clear has ones for about $6-7 that do the trick. Sometimes on REALLY humid days, I blot before I even put my makeup on. I'll wash my face, moisturize, put tinted moisturizer where I need it, then blot before the rest goes on. It gets rid of any extra oil that would come from the moisturizer. Sort of catches it before it gets bad and this way I don't need as much powder. I keep the blotting papers and powder for my t-zone all day.

For fighting breakouts, lots of water and a good night's sleep. Also, when I feel a pimple coming, I put a dab of toothpaste on it for the night. And actually it almost always is gone in the morning! If not it's because I waited too long. It really works. I've also heard cod liver oil works like magic when taken regularly but I haven't tried this myself.

The last thing I do is a chocolate mud facial about once a week. I read somewhere that chocolate is really good for oily skin. Mine isn't SUPER oily but this facial definitely makes a difference in shine, breakouts, how long my makeup stays on my face and even appearance of pores. I buy mine at Shoppers Drug Mart actually but I can't think of the name.

Hope this helps!
Jul 11, 2011 @ 11:21 am
Ali de Bold

Great suggestions, beachbabe!

Some other tips:

- use a lighter moisturizer. Whatever you use in the cooler months - especially winter is much too thick for the summer. There is a lot of humidity already so less is more. A gel consistency might be better than a cream.

- wash your face with just water whenever you come indoors. If you go out for a walk at lunch or when you get home from work, just give your face a nice rinse with cool water. Don't use soap or a cleanser as you really shouldn't use anything like that more than twice a day. The purpose of this is to wash the grime off. If you live in a big city especially. That will help keep your pores clean.

- change your pillow cases more often. It can get hot at night, even if you have the a.c going. Every couple of days is a good idea.
Jul 11, 2011 @ 01:33 pm

Ali's On Fire

Ali those R rad tips. I would recommend loading up on veggies and fruits!
Jul 11, 2011 @ 04:14 pm

Join the club!

I have normal skin that becomes oily/ acne prone in the summer... I feel for your friend! Here's what works for me:
* I start using that proactiv line and the mask can be used every other day. Its a great zit zapper/ oil reducer (I use the lotion only at night, mask is great for spot treatments overnight, and the toner is really fresh if kept in the fridge - feels great!)
* I simplify my products so my non-comedogenic, non-acneic moisturizer has an SPF 30 and doesn't clog or melt on my oilier skin
* I drink lots of water and make sure I take my multi (zinc helps prevent breakouts)
* I wash all my make-up brushes and applicators so they stay clean and fresh and don't transfer oils
* A friend mixes witch hazel and water and keeps it in her fridge to set her make-up but also to blot her face with.
*Oil blotting papers are great in the purse!
Hope she finds what works for her!
Jul 11, 2011 @ 07:58 pm

My skin does the same thing.

My skin gets very oily in the hot summer months my normal skin is sensitive combo-oily. When my skin acts up I use my Garnier Fresh gel cleanser in the morning and before bed. I also use the toner that goes with it both times. I find that if I only use the toner in the morning it's not as effective. After that I follow up with Garnier fresh 24hr moisturizer. I find this to be very light and not greasy. I only use a small amount of it just to make sure my face isn't too dried out after that skin routine.

When I get hot and sweating during any exercise I wash my face with warm water.
As for makeup I try to avoid anything other than eye shadow until my face is cleared up and if I must wear powder foundation I make sure my brushes are clean after every use.
I also make sure all my bedding is kept clean since I sweat like a beast during the hot months.

I think that's all the advice I can give that I actually can remember off hand lol
Good luck to your friend! It sometimes takes me a few weeks to clear up my face from the summer.
Jul 11, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

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