Matte All Day: 8 Expert Tips for Mattifying Your Skin in Summer

by Maria Konou

If you have oily or combination skin, the summer heat can be a huge struggle. Sure, natural oils are great for the health and appearance of your skin, but if they get too much it can be very uncomfortable. That is because the natural oils start mixing with sweat, bacteria, dirt, and dead skin cells. If you are tired of looking for ways to remove the extra shine from your face, without stripping your skin of its natural oils, then you are in the right place. Today, we will explore the best tips and tricks for staying matte all day long, regardless of the summer heat. You can go through all of the steps, or pick and choose what works for you. Without further ado, here are the expert tips for mattifying your skin in the summer:

Let’s explore the best tips for mattifying your skin in the summer

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Matte All Day: 8 Expert Tips for Mattifying Your Skin in Summer

Oil-absorbing face mask

Oil-absorbing ingredients like charcoal and clay can be great for a face mask. The clay will help remove excess sebum from the pores and hydrate the skin, while reducing any excess shine. Charcoal, on the other hand, helps detoxify the skin, and pull out any dirt or gunk from your pores. These ingredients are great for people with oily-prone skin and acne. If you have drier skin, leave the mask for 2–3 minutes only.

Homemade masks with clay and charcoal are great for absorbing excess oil

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Use a light moisturizer

Just because you have oily skin, does not mean you need to skip the moisturizer. Instead, choose a hydrating moisturizer with light texture that won’t make your skin oilier and shinier. Heavy creams with natural oils will be a catastrophe in the summer heat, so stay away from them!

A light, but hydrating moisturizer is exactly what your skin needs

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Do not over-cleanse

You might think you can get rid of the excess oil by washing your face repeatedly during the day, but that is not the case. If you wash your face several times a day, you will strip your skin from its natural oils, which in return will weaken your skin’s barrier and cause irritation. You only need to wash your skin in the morning and at night. Some people even skip the morning wash, but if your skin is oilier, wash it. Make sure to use a gentle cleanser that is also hydrating and free of harsh ingredients. Foam cleansers are great for people with oilier skin, so give them a go!

Washing your face too often will destroy your skin barrier and cause irritation

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Use products with salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is one of the best skincare ingredients for oily skin. It will gently exfoliate your skin, unclog your pores, and balance the production of oil. Our advice is to opt for a salicylic acid serum or toner.

Salicylic acid is one of the best skincare ingredients for oily skin

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Apply a mattifying primer

A mattifying primer can actually help keep your skin intact thought the day. However, do not go overboard as there is a risk of your makeup becoming clumpy, as most mattifying primers dry in flakes. To avoid this, apply mattifying primer on the oiliest areas of your face. If your cheeks do not get oily, there is no point to put primer on them! Remember to never put matte primer on top of dehydrated and dry skin because this will worsen the situation. Always apply a moisturizes before the primer!

Apply a mattifying primer on the oiliest areas of your face 

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Use a translucent powder

Powder absorbs oil, which is why it is the arch enemy of oily skin. Applying a good translucent powder after you are done with your makeup ensures that it will last until you take it off. Apply the powder to the areas of the face that tend to become the shiniest, like as your nose, the middle of your chin, and the center of the forehead.

If you have oily skin, you cannot go without powdering your face

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Products for oil absorption

There are some products that literally absorb oil from your skin, like blotting papers. That way, you will be able to touch up your skin throughout the day, even if you have makeup on. If you apply a mattifying primer, you probably won’t need to reach for blotting papers, but they are still a handy item to keep close.

Opt for blotting papers for touch ups during the day

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Mattifying sunscreen

The final step of your routine should always be sunscreen! Well, if you have oily skin, then opt for a more mattifying sunscreen formula. That way, you will avoid the greasy feeling while protecting your skin from sun damage. Some sunscreens even contain mattifying ingredients that will help reduce shine throughout the day.

Opt for a mattifying sunscreen that will remove excess shine from your skin

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Now you know the best tips and tricks for tips for mattifying your skin in the summer!

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Maria Konou

Maria Konou is a specialist in the field of digital marketing and fashion. However, she has always had a way with words. That’s what led her to her dream job here at Archzine. She has worked in many different fields over the years, but according to her, being an author has been the most rewarding. Maria is a huge plant enthusiast, loves everything fashion-related, is very sustainably aware, and is always open to learning about new things.