Kristen's Oily Skin Summer Routine

For those of us with oily skin, the summer heat can be an absolute nightmare. I think I speak for many of my fellow oily-skinned friends when I say that there’s truly nothing worse than turning into a greasy mess after a beach day in the scorching hot sun. Luckily, I have found a solution to this epidemic. By slightly tweaking your skincare routine and introducing certain products, you’ll be able to manage your oil production and make sure you retain all the moisture and hydration your skin still requires during the summertime. Here are a few star products to incorporate into your summer skincare routine if you have oily skin like me! 

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GLOSSIER MILKY JELLY CLEANSER

$18 USD

This might not be the cleanser you were expecting as the starting point in a skincare routine for oily skin, but hear me out. You do NOT want to make the mistake of using these intense, drying cleansers that completely strip your skin of its natural oils to achieve that “matte” look. What you’re really doing when you use a harsh cleanser is causing your skin to produce even more oil to make up for the fact that your skin is now totally dried out. To avoid this, you’ll want to stick with a gentle, even slightly hydrating cleanser that removes dirt and makeup but doesn’t strip your skin. The Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser is the perfect cleanser for those with oily skin to use morning and night to keep you looking hydrating and healthy, never greasy.


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IUNIK ROSE GALACTOMYCES SYNERGY SERUM

$20 USD

When I first set out to find an effective serum that helped manage my oily skin, I had so much trouble finding one that didn’t have damaging ingredients that just dried you out (caution: avoid “oil-free” products if you have oily skin, it only makes things worse and you WILL rapidly turn into a greaseball). This serum is one of the few that does what it claims to do and includes a plethora of amazing ingredients as well! Not only does it help control sebum (oil) for those with oily skin, but it also aids in the natural sebum secretion process for those with dry skin, improves the size of pores, brightens, moisturizes, and fights wrinkles using tried-and-true ingredients such as Niacinamide, rose water, and adenosine.


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DRUNK ELEPHANT B-HYDRA INTENSIVE HYDRATION GEL

$52 USD

If you find yourself dreading the thought of using a moisturizer or heavy cream in the summertime, you are not alone! There are many moisturizing products that might work for you during the rest of the year but are now too thick to wear in the growing heat, yet the WRONG thing to do is forgo wearing moisturizer all together. This can also subsequently backfire and create more sebum production in your skin because it is not receiving the hydration it needs to keep the oiliness at bay. Enter the D.E. B-Hydra Gel, which has been a literal lifesaver for me in the warmer months. While this is a very hydrating product, don’t let the phrase “intensive hydration” scare you like it scared me at first. It does a great job at hydrating, but sinks into the skin so fast you would hardly know that it was there save for the incredibly refreshing feeling it leaves behind.


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SUPERGOOP UNSEEN SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 40

$32 USD

Prior to finding my holy grail sunscreen, I never felt like any of the SPF products I tried really sunk into my skin and they all usually turned me into an oil slick after a few hours of use. Then I discovered Supergoop, and my desperate attempts at finding that perfect sunscreen are now a thing of the past. This product has a gel-like texture that quickly sinks into the skin, leaving you with a smooth and almost poreless base to apply your makeup or even wear alone. It feels more like a makeup primer in terms of consistency but also acts as a powerful shield from the sun, protecting my skin from damage, sunspots, and wrinkles. The “matte” appearance it gives will never dry out your skin or clog your pores, it’s like magic!