Combating oily summer skin

Somewhere between spring and summer, your skin recovers from the dry and harsh winter, and you start to look amazing again. Your skin is plump and moisturized, and there’s just a hint of a sun-kissed glow. That sweet spot is far too short, and then suddenly, your skin is too shiny and dripping with oil.

The heat and humidity of the summer cause your body’s sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, and suddenly you’re looking greasy, your face feels grimy, and you might be battling an acne breakout. What happened to that beautiful summer glow?

Tips for fighting oily summer skin

Don’t worry, your glow is still there–you just need to combat the oil to get it back. It takes a little effort, but it’s possible, and the following tips will help you restore your lovely early-summer look.

Lighter makeup

Lighten up on the amount of makeup you’re using in the summer and use products that allow your skin to breathe. If your foundation is too heavy or emollient-based, then it’s trapping sweat, oil, and dirt that will build up and cause shine, dripping, and even acne. 

Try a tinted moisturizer, or mix your favorite moisturizer with a drop of your daily foundation for a customized look.


Your skin needs water to stay healthy, especially when it’s hot and you’re sweating. Drinking water is crucial to bodily functions and health, it’s also key to keeping your skin looking and feeling in tip-top condition. But the water you drink tends to go to your other organs before reaching your skin, so it’s a good idea to supplement your water drinking with a hydrating moisturizer and a product with hyaluronic acid. 

An optimal moisture plan starts with eight 8-oz glasses of water a day. Then, every time you shower, pat yourself with a towel but stay just a little damp. Use a hyaluronic acid product and follow that up with a moisturizer. 

That’s for all of your skin, everywhere on your body. For your face, Simple Beauty’s Retinol Moisturizer makes a perfect last step. Powerful and scientifically proven retinol will combat signs of aging and highlight your natural radiance.

Pair alpha hydroxy acid with sunscreen

You should wear sunscreen every day to protect your skin from aging and skin cancer, but sunscreen is even more important if you use an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). 

The gentle chemical exfoliation you get from an AHA can ward off pigmentation from the sun’s rays. That’s right, it fights those dreaded sunspots. The problem is AHA can make your skin more vulnerable to the sun, so it should always be paired with a quality sunscreen.

Antioxidant-rich serums

If you are not yet familiar with the wonders of serum, then the summer is the best time for this introduction. Packed with antioxidants, these powerful beauty aids thwart the effects of UV, infrared, and visible rays and can even protect you from some environmental factors that lead to free radicals that damage your health and skin. Simple Beauty’s Fine Line Eye Serum is a natural way to get the antioxidants your skin needs. 

Cleansing your skin in summer

Cleansing your skin deserves a lot of attention because it’s probably the most important step in the process. Not enough cleansing, and you’ll leave oil and impurities on your skin, but too much cleansing can actually prompt a rebound reaction that creates more oil. 

You are typically in a good zone if you wash your face in the morning and again at night with a gentle cleanser. Simple Beauty’s Daily Purifying Cleanser is a great place to start because it’s designed to be gentle on your skin while simultaneously nourishing and moisturizing.

If you still find that you’re still producing quite a bit of oil during the day, don’t rush to the sink to rinse your face, grab some blotting papers instead, and dab away the oil. But to experience a true clean that leaves your face in better condition than it was before, the Daily Purifying Cleanser is your go-to solution. It’s the perfect way to get a summer glow without oily residue.

To put it simply

Oily skin in the summer is not an uncommon problem, and you’re certainly not alone. The good news is that you can combat it by changing a few of your skincare habits and maybe even a few of your products. 

The most crucial steps in having healthy and beautiful skin involve gently cleansing a couple of times a day and using a sunscreen. Just these two steps alone will set your skin up for success. But you want more dramatic and dynamic results, right? If this is the case, be sure to work an AHA and serum into your routine, add moisture internally and externally, and change your makeup approach, so it’s lighter and doesn’t contain any oils.

Support your new, glowy summer skin by using the best quality products designed to nourish your skin and promote health. Simple Beauty takes out any guesswork and always delivers the best ingredients for noticeable results.