Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Oily Skin Beat The Summer Heat Round Up

 It's hot out there . At least it is here and from the maps, it looks pretty warm everywhere. For us oily skinned ladies , summer brings a special set of issues .  I not only have oily skin but perspire, a lot and easily. All this makes it hard to keep makeup and SPF on the face. How do you keep  continually protected from the sun when your oily nose is sweaty ? But I have learned through many products tests what works  , at least for me .

  I also , as I've mentioned a few hundred times , can melt most makeup, mainly eye makeup. I've frustrated more than one makeup artist who rattle off the list of long wear products and throw up their hands  when I say, nope, doesn't work. Take  Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes  Cream Shadow, which they use on underwater performers in France. On me it lasts  maybe an hour. I do  have better luck with other products  you'll see those  below.

So I decided to compile  here a list of all my top get through summer heat products. SPF that won't break you out  and how to touch up through the day over makeup. Foundations that will stand up to the oil , mascaras that will go for a swim.  Many are products I've reviewed in the past so there's link to the main post for reference.

Mattyfying/Oil free SPF-  There are more choice than you might think and have high SPF . Shiseido's new Urban Environment Oil Free UV Protector  mattes, feels invisible on skin and holds up well. Skinceutical's Physical Fusion also is light on skin but with a  tiny bit more slip than Shiseido. It uses physical blockers and is water/sweat resistant. Clarins UV Plus HP has a little moisture but does fine on me even in the T Zone so it's very minimal moisture. If your skin is the oiliest, then this may or may not work. Chanel UV Essentiel - this has oil in it  but  it mattes, is  light and has not broken me out or made me get extra shine.  And La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral 50, which is  super sheer, mattes and is water resistant.

SPF for touch ups- This is where you need powder sunscreen. You can dust it on over your makeup to make up for what's been sweated/oiled off without messing things up more . Most are light  and  don't add cakiness. Peter Thomas Roth's Instant Mineral SPF 30  is totally invisible on and   Physicians Formula has a new Mineral Wear Airbrushed Pressed Powder SPF 30 that gives light coverage and a flawless finish. It fills in pores and has antioxidants  along with that high SPF and comes in translucent ( shown) and 2 shades.  Different powders but excellent sun protection depending on your needs.

Matte Foundations- This year has seen a boon in new matte foundations. We needed that. Coupled with a few great long wear ones from a year or two ago and there are many choices that will keep your skin looking shine free but not overdone, caked  nor will  they settle into lines. These leave skin fresh but fully covered and feel light as air in most cases.  Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder , Lancome Teint Idole Ultra  24 Hr, YSL Teint Resist Long Wear  , Dior Diorskin Forever ( especially the powder version) are my top favorites.

Eye Shadow- MAC pigments , MAC Fluidlines, Sephora Flashy Eyeliner Waterproof  Make Up For Ever Aqua liquid liner, MAC Paints and Sephora Jumbo Liner 12 Hr Waterproof   are the products that  do not budge on me, and get past my makeup melt most of the time.  Maybelline  Color Tattoo and new Smashbox 15hr Limitless Eye Shadow and Urban Decay 24/7 pencils  do well too. 

Mascara-  Cover Girl ( any, they are all truly smudgeproof), MAC's new Extended Play and Opulash,  L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes  are ones I use  year round not just in summer.   Mostly waterproof is what you need but these are what I've tested on me that are  budge proof.

Anti-aging Night Serums/Gels-  If you're oily you want light moisture and you want anti- aging but without heavy creams that will only make you greasier. Two favorites are Erno Laszlo Blue Firmarine Night Gel which tightens skin, feels cool and uses Spirulina Maxima for collagen building and Yes To Blueberries Intensive Skin Repair Serum. Lightweight but packed with antioxidants.

That's my rather exhaustive list. Feel free to weigh in with your tips.

Beach image: Palm Beach, Barbuda via Travel &Leisure


chatchien said...

Thanks for the sunscreen recommendations.

I've given up on chemical sunscreens, they just give me neck rashes. I use high quantity (at least 16% to 20%) Zinc Oxide sunscreens now. I can recommend Topix Glycolix Elite Sunscreen 30 SPF. I have oily/normal combination skin and it works for me.

I also use the Shiseido Lotion N SPF 60 on my face and body, but not my neck, it has some chemical sunscreens in it and gives me neck rashes.

I like the look that Shiseido Skin Foundation SPF 34 gives me when I touch up during the day.

But I am going to try your recommendations, I wear the full face set of sunscreen and powder foundation all year long and not just in the summer.

Beauty Alchemist said...

Thanks Chatchien. It seems like Shiseido makes some of the best ones out for us. I will look into the Topix as well. Thanks for the rec.

Unknown said...

These are some great tips for controlling oil production that is visible on the face. As someone who has dealt with oily skin for a number of years, I know first-hand how aggravating it can be. I remember leaving oil on my friends doors, on the office computers and phone, etc. All of these things took away from my confidence and self-esteem. As a result, I tried everything... most would work for a few hours and then it would start back up again.

So, one day I decide that enough was enough and that I was going to figure this thing out once and for all. Guess what? I did... now that I know what to do and NOT do, I want to share this information with others.

If you aren't sure how to get started figuring out what may be causing your oily skin, a Health Coach can point you in the right direction.

Christal DeLoach
"Optimizing Your Mind Body & Spirit"