July 6, 2011 Makeup.com Hair

Come Clean: Get Rid of Oily Skin and Hair

There's a fine line between good and bad shine: one is a fresh, dewy glow, the other an oil slick. And during the swampy days of summer, even normal skin and hair can easily veer into greasy territory. "People produce more oil in the summer—that's due to sweating from the increased heat and humidity," says Ranella Hirsch, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine. What's the right way to clean up your skin and hair's oil—and to make less of it in the first place? We found the best tips and products to sop up your own personal oil spill and keep you feeling clean and matte all summer long.
For fresh, glowy skin…
"The easiest ways to fight back against oily skin is to switch to products with lighter textures," says Hirsch. If you're using a milky cleanser, swap it out for a gel version for the summer, especially one that contains salicylic acid, like Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel, which will keep breakouts at bay. Sunscreen is necessary, of course, but thick, creamy ones can make skin an instant oil slick. Switch to an oil-free gel version, like Peter Thomas Roth Oil-Free Hydrating Sunscreen Gel SPF 20. Then pat your face down with oil-blotting papers (Shiseido, Biore, and Clean & Clear all make them), or in a pinch when you're out and about, you can even use one of those toilet-protector sheets! Also make sure to close your eyes and dab your eyelids, because grease there can make your eye shadow crease. Skipping foundation in the summer for a lighter feel isn't a bad idea, but if you insist on cover-up, go for a mattifying, long-wear formula that can stand up to heat and sweat, like L'Oreal Matte Morphose. Powder is key to blocking shine's chance of ruining your day. Using a large powder brush, dust your face with loose translucent powder—it helps absorb oil, and if there's excess, your face will look less cakey than with tinted compact powder. For touch-ups throughout the day, just dab the oily bits with another blotting sheet.
For bouncy, full-of-life hair…
On a 90-degree day, a blowout can go from voluminous and bouncy to greasy and stringy in a mere matter of hours. But the best defense is a good offense, which means blasting your hair with dry shampoo even before it starts feeling oily. That way, it's on-duty, ready to use micro-absorbing powders to suck up oil as soon as it starts, so your hair never hits the skids. But what kind of dry shampoo you use makes a big difference. Beware loose powders, which can make hair look like a George Washington-era wig; the sprays tend to disappear more easily. Instead, opt for a spray like Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk, which is super gentle and not heavily scented.
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