The current hot weather is just the worst time for us Oily skinned gals and here are 6 products that help me keep the oil and acne at bay :
1. Mattifier /Oil control lotion
This is the most Basic thing that works for me. My skin has become so so oily that no sunscreen or oil-free moisturizer except for Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 matte Sunscreen SPF 40 is working for me. I do use Lotus Herbals Alphamoist moisturizer most days but my skin becomes greasy and dull in almost an hour after applying anything apart from the 3-in-1 matte sunscreen. In makeup, I use MAC Oil control lotion and L’oreal Base Magique Primer for delay the appearance of oil on my T-zone.
2. Loose Powder
Your best friend during the summer! They may not be travel friendly but loose powders are better at oil control than most compacts. Keep a loose powder at home and carry a compact in your purse for touch ups. I’m currently using Clinique Blended Face Powder which I like but it doesn’t control oil beyond 3-3.5 hours which is a bummer! If you’re on a budget, you can try Lakme Rose Powder. Other options include loose powders from The Body Shop and Bourjois.
3. Oil blotting sheets
They come in very handy if you are out, just a quick dab at the shiny areas of the face can fix a lot! They are different from regular tissues and absorb oil instantly. I use The Body Shop Tea Tree oil blotting sheets. I think Clean and Clear Oil blotting sheets are also available in the market though I’ve never used those.
4. Clay based face packs
Clay helps in drawing out the oil and dirt from the pores leaving the skin clean and shine free. I like using Lakme Sun Expert After Sun Face mask as it not only gives a cooling sensation but is clay based as well. Aroma Magic Calamine Pack is also clay based and does a good job but has the most terrible garlic smell. One can use the good old Multani Mitti mixed with water as well. Lotus Herbals Tea Tree face pack is also clay based and has added benefit of tea tree oil. Another product that deserves a mention here is Himalaya Neem Face Pack which I’ve run out of and hence not pictured here, it really works in reducing pimples and oiliness.
5. Tea Tree oil
I’ve stopped using Benzoyl Peroxide for my breakouts since some time, its is quite harmful and makes the skin extremely dry and flaky. I have switched to Tea Tree Oil (from TBS) which reduces the size of the zits in 2-3 days. I’m quite happy with the results!
6. Aloe Vera Gel
It is one of my all time favorite skin care products. Whenever I get an allergic rash or breakout, I slather my face with this and it works like magic. I used to use Dr. Jain’s which I found at the nearest medical shop earlier but since I’ve shifted now, I can only get my hands on the Brihans one which is good as well.
[note color=”#FFE4C4″]Do you have any favorites that help you control breakouts and oil during the hot summer months? Share your tips in the comments below![/note]