Monday, August 22, 2011

Summer Skin Care: Oily Skin

Many women want luminous skin during the summer, but often end up with an oil slick instead of a youthful glow. This is because the sebaceous glands--microscopic groups of cells below the skin's surface--are sensitive to seasonal shifts and tend to produce more sebum in the summer.

In small amounts, this waxy substance is beneficial in preventing water loss, minimizing oxidation, and exorcising debris. Yet in greater quantities, sebum can cause breakouts, blackheads, and enlarged pores. The greasiest spot of all is the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) because it has the highest concentration of sebaceous glands. Unfortunately, this means that the damage is often front and center on your face.


While there is no permanent solution for oily skin, there are plenty of quick fixes to get your "glo" back--minus the shine.


Clean your skin twice a day with a mild cleanser that contains glycerin and salicylic acid to moisturize and open pores. (glo therapeutics Purifying Gel Cleanser).

Be careful not to wash too often or scrub aggressively as it can increase oil production.


Follow up with a dose of antioxidants, which act as a barrier between your skin and environmental hazards. glo therapeutics Purifying Tonic contains totorol, grape seed, and bilberry fruit extract--all natural antioxidants.


Reduce the production of sebum and increase cell renewal with D-cholic acid, and anti-inflammatories. (glo therapeutics Oil Control Emulsion).

Absorb excess oil, kill bacteria, and boost your skin's health with a nourishing face mask that contains sulfur, zinc, and tea tree oil. (glo therapeutics Clear Refining Mask).

Prevent future break outs while protecting your skin with an oil-free SPF. (glo therapeutics Oil-Free SPF 40+)


Reduce shine by using a liquid or powder foundation with a matte finish. (glo minerals Protective Liquid Foundation-Matte II, glo minerals Pressed Base*)


Finally, preserve your appearance with a translucent, oil-absorbing powder. (glo minerals Perfecting Powder), or blotting papers (glo minerals Blotting Papers).


* Voted Best Pressed Mineral Foundation 2011 by New Beauty Magazine

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