Intense heat and humidity can cause the sebaceous glands in your skin to work overtime, leading to a shiny, oily complexion with enlarged pores. Most people suffer from shiny face syndrome (SFS) during the summer.
You can fight SFS by following an oil-free cleansing and makeup routine.
Clean your skin with lukewarm water and a cleanser that fights oil and keeps your skin looking matte. Choose one with 2 percent salicylic acid that gently removes excess oil. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser keeps pores clog-free while conditioning the skin with an oil-free formula.
You can also apply a weekly clay mask like Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Facial Clay Masque as part of your oil-fighting routine. A clay mask draws out excess oil and dirt, and purges clogged pores.
Use a foundation formulated for oily skin in a lightweight formula. Revlon Colorstay makeup has been created for oily or combination skin and comes in 12 shades. A mineral based powder, like Physicians Formula Mineral Wear® Talc-Free Mineral Face Powder, also keeps shiny faces under control. Make sure to sweep the built-in brush over areas of your face that are prone to shine.
Oil Blotting Papers
Oil blotting papers are must haves for keeping your skin matte. The most effective oil blotting papers contain flax-seed, linen, or rice paper. I love Tatcha Aburatorigami Blotting which are 100% natural, biodegradable sheets and based on a 300-year old Japanese secret.
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