In the summer, my skin gets shiny.
It’s taken some time to finally come to terms with the fact that there’s no miracle solution to have matte skin when it’s 200 degrees, but I’ve always found that some girls come out better than others in terms of keeping their skin fresh and nice to look at.
Seeing as it’s finally 200 degrees in New York and extra humid (hello rain, how are you?), I’m gonna go ahead and say that this is the year that I join the tribe of the glowy skinned girls. I called my friend Alice, the amazing makeup artist that you’ve met on here before.
Here’s her advice for keeping perfect skin in summer…
Switch it up. People don’t remember to switch moisturizers, especially in New York. You are used to a big heavy moisturizer because it is so dry and then suddenly it is humid and you are using the same one. You need a light moisturizer with SPF. You don’t need that much hydration in this humidity. Your face will be like 60% less shiny if you switch moisturizers.
Moisturize. Oil-free is always good because anything with oil, especially in the summer will cause a breakout. Something light and creamy. During the day, something very, very light or even just a tinted moisturizer and cut the moisturizer out completely.
If you feel you aren’t getting enough hydration, you can always use a heavier one at night, like a night cream.
Wash your face. You don’t need to switch your face wash. Make sure when using a cleanser that you wash it all away. If you leave residue behind it can block your pores and leave your face dry and tight. Good cleansing and overall skin care is the essential tool for having great skin year round.
Use concealer. Stay clear of a foundation on hot, sticky days and go for a nice light concealer. Conceal where absolutely necessary. Avoid any product that feels heavy. Make sure your skin can breathe.
Go for blotting paper. I find old school blotting papers the most effective. It’s a little horrific when you put that on your face and you look at it and it’s, “Oh my god that was on my face!”
You’re taking something away rather than adding more product. I can’t think of anything worse on a hot sweaty day than adding powder to your face. It’s just adding to the heat. A nice blotting paper–the Japanese ones are amazing and they take the shine away. It’s much easier in your handbag than a pot of powder!
Do a mask. A good detoxifying mask is excellent for cleaning pores and helping control oil that produces shine. Twice a week for a good deep clean.
Hydrate. Drink a lot of water. If you don’t like water, try coconut water. It’s more inside out with those things. Use the right moisturizer but you’ve got to hydrate.
I can really tell when a model has just gotten off the plane and hasn’t drank enough water versus one that had a good nights sleep. It’s all about getting those 8 hours. Honestly, taking care of yourself, I know it’s really old granny, but it works.
Keep your hands clean. Walking around the city, make sure your hands are clean if you touch your face. Hot, sweaty city hands can cause breakouts.
Avoid Alcohol. Don’t drink too much alcohol, it’s easier said than done in the summer. Drinking can cause dehydration which is bad for the skin.
Some of Alice’s favorite products…
Moisturizer: Avène Hydrance Optimal SPF 25 (It’s so funny it’s the same one my dermatologist recommended me ! Great minds think alike…)
Tinted Moisturizer: Chantecaille Just Skin
Concealer: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage and YSL Touché Eclat
Cleanser: Eve Lom
Toner Mist: Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Mask: Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask