With warmer temps comes shine — lots and lots of it. And not just for me, and some of you, but even for my husband. Last week he asked me what he could do about the oil slick he’s been dealing with, and after catching a glimpse of my practically glistening face in the mirror at the office yesterday, I thought I’d consult an expert on the issue. Here’s how celebrity skin expert Kate Somerville recommends capping off this oil disaster:
First, start using “‘Soapy’ cleansers with ingredients that make them foam up. The most common ones contain sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. … These are great for people prone to oiliness and are also useful when you need to remove oil-based makeup,” says Somerville. In addition, look for a cleanser containing salicylic acid, which “has anti-inflammatory properties. Along with being an effective exfoliant, it is oil-soluble, so this acid also strips away oil and cleanses pores,” she says.
One to try: Clinique Acne Solution Cleansing Foam, $18.50
Next, if you wear an SPF-infused moisturizer, be sure to look for one that is non-comedogenic, which means it’s less likely to clog pores. Somerville recommends this for anyone with oily or acne-prone skin.
If those simple changes aren’t enough to minimize your shine, she suggests getting facials every three to six weeks and/or having red LED phototherapy, which “regulate[s] oil production” or a series of Laser Genesis treatments — if you have a combination of enlarged pores and excessive shine.
You should also carry oil-blotting papers with you at all times to soak up shine on the go without having to pile on powder — this is also an acceptable solution for men. Try Tatcha Blotting Papers, $12. And guys, if you don’t want to invest in oil-blotting papers, toilet seat covers work almost as well. Just tear off a piece and blot away.