When we look at the relationship our skin has with the various elements, its tryst with humidity is definitely the most volatile—similar to the love-hate relationship you have with your most tumultuous ex, you could say. On one hand, humidity pampers our skin with extra hydration and protects it from its most vengeful aggressor, dryness. But conversely, it also tends to make our complexion look a bit…greasy. As much as we all wish we could channel model-off-duty dewiness, the hard truth is that oiliness is a much more realistic conclusion.
So how, then, do you help your skin remain beautifully matte (or at least, not resembling an oil slick) when the temps outside are sweltering? We’re so glad you asked—keep flipping for five shine-busting skin tricks you’ll definitely put to use this summer!
To help prep your skin for the battle against humidity, start with moisturizer. Swap out your hydrating lotion for a light, mattifying version, like Kora Organic’s Day & Night Facial Cream ($64)—it’s made with clarifying vitamin C and sea salt, as well as soothing aloe.
Mineral-based moisturizers and sunscreens will also help keep your skin matte and soak up excess oil. We like the Mineral Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA-UVB Sunscreen ($30) by MDSolarSciences for a light, non-greasy finish.
The best way to keep your foundation from sliding off when faced with humidity is simple: primer. Most primers not only provide a smooth canvas for your foundation or BB cream, but also create a bond between your skin and face makeup—a.k.a. no slipping and sliding. Look for primers that have silica in the ingredients to keep shine at bay—we like Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser ($7) and Hourglass’ Veil Mineral Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($52).
As much as we love our blotting papers, it’s always good to have options. Enter: shine-busting invisible powder. Whether the formula is loose or compact, these products not only soak up excess oil, but will also leave your skin with a silky-soft, matte finish. Try Benefit’s The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine ($30) or Too Faced’s Absolutely Invisible Translucent Pressed Powder ($27) for on-the-go touchups.
We all know by now that we should keep our fingers off our face—they’re a breeding ground for bacteria, after all. But sometimes—sometimes—there’s an exception. If you find yourself with an oily T-zone and there are no blotting papers or powders in sight (nightmare status, we know), go to the sink and wash your hands with an antibacterial soap, like Lush’s Parsley Porridge Soap ($7). Then, lightly pat your fingers across your oiliest spots to redistribute shine—it will help your skin maintain a proper balance and prevent the oil buildup from clogging your pores.
Salt is your friend, especially when it comes to your skin. You may have heard about Epsom salt soaks and how they help with muscle aches and detoxification, but did you know sea salt has skin benefits too? It’s a natural antiseptic, and the minerals in it help balance your skin moisture levels (read: bye, shine!). We like Olivine’s Love + Salt Mist ($10), or you can DIY your own by mixing a cup of warm water with one tablespoon of sea salt. Keep it by your desk and mist away whenever you feel the shine creeping up!
Have you tried any of these shine-busting tips? Got any of your own? Tell us below!