Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Did You Get Shiny Overnight?

I am not sure where you live, but on the East Coast, we hit 95 degrees yesterday. Can you say HOT?!? A friend of mine called me and frantically screamed, "Help, my face is so shiny! What should I do?" I told her to run out and buy some powder and she did! What I really wanted to tell her is that our skin types can change from season to season. In fact, heat tends to increase our pore size which then produces more sebum (oil) secretion. This could be that "shine" she was talking about. Now that summer is here, there are a few items you may want to look at in terms of your skin care routine and the type of makeup you are using to help reduce the shine:

Look at the formulation of your foundation. In the hot summer months, I like to use a tinted moisturizer because my moisturizing foundation is too heavy. My favorite Tinted Moisturizer is still by Laura Mercier. (Don't want to spend that much? Try mixing two parts foundation to one part of your favorite moisturizer and you have your "home made" tinted moisturizer.) 

Re-evaluate your skincare regimen. In the winter months, my skin is dry and I use Dermalogica's Skin Smoothing Cream which is a medium-weight moisturizer. In the summer, I switch to Dermalogica's Active Moist which is a light, oil-free lotion. You may also want to switch facial cleansers to adapt to your summer skin.

Ever tried blotting papers? I always thought these were bogus until I tried them and saw for myself how much oil they actually soaked up. This is a MUST if you are going to re-apply makeup during the hot summer day, otherwise you are just spreading the oil around your face and onto the puff or brush. (Gross!) No need to spend the big bucks on these, I think the cheaper versions work just as well.

Try setting your foundation with powder. I find that a light dusting of powder on my t-zone helps control most of the shine on my face during the summer months. One of my all time favorites is the Loose Setting Powder in Translucent by Laura Mercier. If you are going to re-apply more powder during the day, remember to blot and then re-apply.

Invest in a good, oil-free sunscreen. Since you are wearing it everyday during the summer (hopefully), look for a sunscreen that is oil-free so it won't clog your pores that could be increasing in size from the summer heat.

Wishing all of you a "shine-free" summer!