How to Beat the Heat: Summer Skincare for Oily Skin

I don’t know about the rest of the world, but it is hot as hell in Atlanta. Warmer weather usually means a change in skin’s oil and sweat production. For our friends with already oily skin, hot summer days can be extra sticky. The increase in oil production is not only annoying (glasses sliding off your face, makeup creasing, camera flashback etc.), but it also leaves pores more susceptible to clogging and nasty breakouts. So let’s talk about how to keep these oils balanced in this sweltering heat.


Cleanse twice a day

In warmer and more humid weather our skin produces more sweat and oil so feel free to wash away sis. I suggest washing in the morning and at night with a gentle oil-free cleanser.  Rinse with cold water to further drain oil glands and moisturize with a light serum rather than a heavy face cream. 

DO NOT skip moisturizing! The goal is to BALANCE the oils in your skin. Leaving skin excessively dry will result in disproportionate oil production, which leads me to my next point. 

Stay hydrated

I’m about to spill some tea. Oily skin = dehydrated skin. Moisturizing is so important but hydrating on the inside also makes a difference. Water dilutes all your bodily secretions, so if you are properly hydrated, then rather than secreting a thick oil, your glands will secrete a cleaner lighter oil. This will result in less clogging and less breakouts.  A good way to check your hydration levels is by urine dilution. If your pee is clear then you more than likely are properly hydrated.


Regular exfoliation can be the key to great skin when done properly. Lifting surface debris allows the excess oil to be drained and removed during cleansing and will prevent future clogging and breakouts. A soap-based scrub is always my go-to during the hot summer days as it can replace one of my cleanses.


Masking is another great way to tighten pores and drain them of excess oil. Look for detoxifying ingredients like witch hazel, salicylic acid, charcoal, kaolin and bentonite. Juice up your favorite mask with a couple of drops of rosemary oil or tea tree oil for some extra oil balancing.

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