If you have oily or acne-prone skin, then summer might not be your favourite time of year. Sweat, humidity and heat can all lead to clogged pores, increased breakouts and excess oil production.
Struggling with your oily skin and breakouts in summer? Here’s why it happens and what you can do about it.
What causes oiliness and acne in summer?
There are a few factors in summer that can make a difference to your skin. The heat and humidity make you sweat, which can lead to blocked pores and breakouts. This then means that you wear makeup to cover up the breakouts, making you sweat more when the weather’s hot. It’s a vicious cycle.
The warmer weather and humidity in summer can also mean that your skin produces more oil, leaving you looking shiny and clogging your pores. This can make it even trickier to wear makeup and might make you feel self conscious.
Your skincare routine might also play a part. If you keep it the same all year round, then you might be using products that are just too heavy for this time of year. Combine your winter routine with hot summer weather and sweat, and you have a recipe for breakouts.
How to rebalance your skin in summer
Here’s how to update your summer skincare routine to focus on rebalancing oil production and banishing blemishes and breakouts.
Go for lighter formulations
Instead of using thick, heavy moisturisers and cream cleansers, look for lighter water-based skincare containing hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid. These will hydrate the skin without clogging your pores. The same goes for sunscreen - which you should be wearing every day. Skip the greasy SPF for a lighter, more face-friendly one.
Getting into the right cleansing routine can be just what oily skin needs, especially if you’re prone to acne and breakouts. The Purity Day & Night Cleanser is gentle and rebalancing, so it’ll help keep oil overproduction at bay without stripping your skin’s natural balance. Using Aloe Vera and Pre & Probiotics it’ll make your skin feel hydrated and refreshed with a natural, glowing finish.
Use prebiotics and probiotics
One of the key things with skin that’s overproducing oil is restoring balance. Many people try to use drying, stripping products and ingredients when they have oily skin in an attempt to stop shine and grease. The bad news is that this can actually make your skin produce even more oil to compensate. Adding the balance back to your skin with prebiotic and probiotic skincare ingredients, like the Breathe Day Cream or the Realign Night Shot, can help to get your oil production back in balance.
Drink more water
This isn’t technically a skincare tip, but as skincare and nutrition go hand-in-hand we have to cover this one. Oily skin can still be dehydrated, especially in warmer weather if you’re swearing. This can actually lead to overproduction of your skin’s natural oils, leading to breakouts, dull skin and clogged pores. Up your water intake as the temperature rises to help hydrate your skin, pause oil overproduction and prevent breakouts.