Cosmetic products for oily skin are generally water based since an oil based foundation for example would increase the amount of oil residing on the facial skin. This would be like adding water to the sea. However, in the summer, when the facial skin has to deal with heat, moisture and damaging ultraviolet UVA and ultraviolet UVB rays, it needs a protective layer of oil to prevent it from burning which can potentially cause skin cancer and other serious problems. What people with an oily or combination skin type need to do during this period is switch to cosmetic products that contain sunscreen. One of the best products for this purpose would be the foundation since this covers the entire face, but you could also try the primer in a form with added sunscreen or a BB cream if you are using one. There is no need to replace them all for sunscreen variants, one will do just fine. Depending on your skin type you should choose a SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or more.

You could of course just use a separate sunscreen underneath your make up products, but this usually leads to a greasy, unappealing appearance which people with oily skin are desperately trying to avoid.

There are several brands on the market that produce cosmetic products for people with oily/combination skin that also contain sunscreen. Below you can find a short list of brands that produce suitable foundations for people with oily skin during summertime. There are lots more if you search the internet. Just open up a search engine and type in the words: oil free foundations containing sunscreen.

  1. Hourglass
  2. Bare minerals
  3. Mary Kay

Tips to avoid shine:

  • Use blotting sheets throughout the day to diminish shine while keeping your make up intact. Don’t rub or blot to vigorously as this will remove your make up and sun protection.
  • Thoroughly cleanse your face everyday before you apply your makeup and or sunscreen to start with a clean, dry facial texture.

General advice during summer:

Just as with any other skin type you need to avoid too much sun, especially around the afternoon when the sun radiation reaches his peak. If you tend to burn easy you should start with 15 minutes of sun per day and gradually build it up to an hour a day max.

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